Every week, the Seattle Review of Books backs a Kickstarter, and writes up why we picked that particular project. Read more about the project here. Suggest a project by writing to kickstarter at this domain, or by using our contact form.

What's the project this week?

POWER & MAGIC: THE QUEER WITCH COMICS ANTHOLOGY. We've put $20 in as a non-reward backer

Who is the Creator?

Joamette Gil.

What do they have to say about the project?

15 comics about queer witches of color, created by 17 women, demigirls, and bigender people of color.

What caught your eye?

I've always loved stories about witches. Out of all the mythical creatures, witches are most relatable because they are fundamentally about how society views women. Unlike vampires, say, that maybe represent a single angle of men, there is a witch for every view of women. They may be good, or evil, benevolent or merciless. But one thing that witches always are: resourceful and independent, two traits society frowned upon in women, historically.

And more so for women of color. So yes: more stories about witches. And yes: more stories about queer witches of color. It's a great premise, and from the artwork on the site, and the list of contributors (uh, the coven, although counting the cover design I count 15 projects in this piece, so maybe it's a baker's coven) is strong and interesting.

Why should I back it?

Comics! Witches! Queer witches! Queer witches of color! I mean, need I say more?

How's the project doing?

30% funded with 28 days to go. Good trajectory, but let's see if we can help them out and spread the world. Every bit helps.

Do they have a video?

Kickstarter Fund Stats
  • Projects backed: 35
  • Funds pledged: $680
  • Funds collected: $600
  • Unsuccessful pledges: 2
  • Fund balance: $340