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POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology VOLUME 2 is coming to Kickstarter this October 2019! ★

The POWER & MAGIC SERIES from P&M Press is all about queer witches of color as icons of female power

Witches represent rebellion, transcendence, healing, feminine monstrosity, so-called “deviance,” and interconnectedness – with the cosmos, with their bodies, and with each other. 

These anthologies exist as a space for women of color to explore gender, power, struggle, selfhood and community, all in the context of compelling fantasy comics for young adult readers (and up)!

THE VOLUME 2 COVEN:

EXCITED FOR OCTOBER? FOLLOW ALONG:

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powerandmagic·a month agoAnswer
Does Polyamory count to include with queer? Or even Pan? And if the protag is pan, how would we show it to the reader/pitch?

Polyamory between heterosexual cis people wouldn’t cut it for us. Pan isn’t straight, so yes, it counts! Re: showing, having the character’s pan identity be relevant to the plot is the easiest way.

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powerandmagic·a month agoAnswer
Hello, I would like to pitch a story with characters that appear on a myth inside my webcomic. Of course you wouldn't need to read my webcomic to understand the dynamic of the characters. My question is whether I can use these characters for my pitch or do characters have to be created from scratch? Thank you for your time!

Characters can be pre-existing characters of your own as long as the reader doesn’t need to be familiar with them already to understand the story! Your situation works.

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powerandmagic:

P&M Press is now taking submissions for POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Volume 2.

First, there was the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology… then, our “spirit”-ed interstitial volume, Power & Magic: IMMORTAL SOULS… and now, POWER & MAGIC returns with a full-length Volume 2, bigger and better than ever before!

The POWER & MAGIC SERIES is all about queer witches of color as icons of female power. Witches represent rebellion, transcendence, healing, feminine monstrosity, so-called “deviance,” and interconnectedness – with the cosmos, with their bodies, and with each other. These anthologies exist as a space for women of color to explore gender, power, struggle, selfhood and community, all in the context of compelling fantasy comics for young adult readers (and up)!

Submission Period

Submissions will be open to the public from February 11th - March 10th (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

Who Can Participate

To submit to POWER & MAGIC Volume 2, both of the following must apply to you:

  1. You are a person of color.
  2. You identify – whether fully or partially or complicatedly – as a woman. This can include cis women, trans women, bigender people, two-spirit people, demi-girls, questioning-but-leaning-woman-aligned, etc. Sex assigned at birth is irrelevant. We’re looking to represent womanhood as a spectrum rather than a fixed point.

For team submissions: At least the writer must meet the above criteria. 

If you’re a member of a long-standing comics partnership that includes a white writer and an artist of color, you may pitch together so long as the partner of color plays an equal-or-greater role in determining the story. 

If two submissions are equally matched, the team whose members all meet the criteria will be prioritized. 

Use #CovenSearch on social media to find teammates!

Age Restrictions

All contributors must be 18 years or older. All content must be suitable for readers as young as 14 years old.

Specifications

  • Comics from 2 - 10 pages long (must be an even number)
  • 6” x 9” trim size (template will be provided)
  • Bleed? Yes.
  • Black & White or Grayscale (no screentones, please)
  • 600 dpi
  • .PSD final files

Timeline

Selection Process (Feb 2019 - Apr 2019)

  • Open Submissions: 2/11 - 3/10 (4 weeks)
  • Selection Period: 3/11 - 3/24 (2 weeks)
  • Acceptance Emails/Pitch Feedback: 3/25
  • Paperwork: 3/25 - 4/1 (1 week)

Creation Period (Apr 2019 - Sep 2019)

  • Script: 4/1 - 4/21 (3 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 4/22 - 4/28 (1 week)
  • Thumbnails: 4/29 - 5/12 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 5/13 - 5/19 (1 week)
  • Pencils: 5/20 - 6/23 (5 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 6/24 - 6/30 (1 week)
  • Inks: 7/1 - 7/21 (3 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 7/22 - 7/28 (1 week)
  • Toning & Shading: 7/29 - 8/11 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 8/12 - 8/18 (1 week)
  • Lettering: 8/19 - 9/1 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 9/2 - 9/8 (1 week)
  • Final Files Due: 9/15
  • Kickstarter (October 2019)
  • Payment (November 2019)

Compensation

Contributors will be compensated at $106/page plus any Kickstarter bonuses unlocked through stretch goals. Contributors also receive a minimum of 10 complimentary copies of the anthology, royalties on all digital sales, and royalties on any future print runs of the anthology after the first printing sells out.

Rights

Creators will cede exclusive first worldwide print and digital rights to their stories for a full calendar year from the date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide print and digital rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with the creators.

What We *WANT*

  • Previously unpublished stories.
  • At least one protagonist must be a queer woman of color (or woman-aligned).
  • At least one character must be a witch, and at least one witch character must be a queer woman of color (or woman-aligned).
  • The queer woman of color protagonist(s) must be human or human-appearing.
  • Any era, any location, any type of witch – real or folkloric or invented.
  • Fantasy elements! How fantastical or understated is up to you.
  • Peaceful stories, sad stories, triumphant stories, funny stories, failure stories, action stories, love stories – the full spectrum of humanity is welcome. The catch: it must end “positively.” Everything doesn’t have to work out, but we’d prefer for stories to end on a note of hope or new understanding or resilience, etc, even if things go wrong.

What We *DON’T* Want

  • No fan works. No auto-bio. No prose. No one-off illustrations.
  • Comics that are already finished or that you’ve already started drawing.
  • Meet-cutes (“Two people meet and crush at first sight, the end”). A meet-cute may occur within the story, but it can’t be the whole story.
  • Horror: Your story can use fear and danger as plot elements, but if instilling fear/existential dread in the reader is the overarching goal, this is the wrong anthology.
  • Tolkienian fantasy: no elves, dwarves, orcs, etc. We won’t freak out if you make something up that’s very loosely(!) inspired by any of these (unless it replicates the problematic elements of Tolkien’s work, in which case your work will not be accepted).
  • Cursing is permitted as long as words aren’t used literally (i.e. “Shit, you scared me!” as opposed to “Let’s go shit in the woods!”) and are used very sparingly when used at all. In general, we’d prefer not.
  • No porn. No references to specific sexual acts. No explicit nudity whether sexual or non-sexual (sorry, folks). “Consensual fade-to-black sex between legal adults” is fine.
  • No depictions of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological) whether pictorial or written. Characters may vaguely reference (in non-graphic language) abuse that they have suffered in the past if doing so serves the story or is integral to the character.
  • No gore. People can get hurt, bleed, die, etc, but not in a grossly over-the-top way that fetishizes violence.
  • No slurs, no racism (not even “gnomes hate all faeries” fantasy racism), no misogyny, no transphobia, no ableism, no xenophobia, and no white supremacist nonsense in general. (And please, no stories whose sole purpose is to teach that these things are bad.)

Ready to pitch? FILL OUT THIS FORM.

Here’s what you’ll need to complete your submission:

  1. A working title and page count for your comic (doesn’t have to be exact).
  2. A synopsis of your story, including a beginning, middle, and end. Spoil everything, but try to keep it under 500 words.
  3. Preliminary sketches associated with your pitch: character ideas, important creature designs, environment concepts (the latter is especially important if your portfolio lacks strong examples of background art), etc. These don’t need to be final or polished pieces! Just detailed enough to give us an idea.
  4. Links to any relevant publishing credits (whether you’re writing the comic, drawing it, lettering it, or doing everything yourself). Self-published works and webcomics count as credits! Choose examples that best reflect the style you intend to use for this comic. You may simply include a link to your portfolio if you have no pre-existing credits, but please note that folks with sequential storytelling examples will receive preference.
  5. Tell us about yourself and anyone else working with you, your cultural and artistic background(s), and why you want to be in POWER & MAGIC Volume 2. Short and sweet is best!

More Questions?

Check out the FAQ. If your answer isn’t there, Ask away!

2 more weeks!

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
I don't have experience writing in comics, but I do have short story credits and am currently developing an interactive novel. Would these be sufficient publishing credits for a writer to submit?

Yes! Just bear in mind that you need to have an artist lined up before submitting!

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
hey there! I love what you're doing but i was curious, what are the chances that a beginner artist is accepted? like i just started doing comics for fun and technically not the best yet but i have an idea i wouldn't mind submitting i'm wondering if you had to be an advanced artist to apply

Previous comics work helps prove to us that you know how to make a comic, but how long you’ve been at it doesn’t matter! If your story impresses and your art samples back up that you can tell the story effectively, then your chance is as good as anyone else’s.

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
I noticed the timeline for your Power and Magic anthology says that the kickstarter only occurs after stories have been completed. What if the kickstarter fails? What will happen then?

If the Kickstarter fails, we will relaunch it. If that fails, we will move to IndieGoGo for more flexible funding to get everyone paid for their work, at the very least. 

Real talk? This will be our fourth Kickstarter, and all three previous campaigns overfunded by a lot. The odds are stacked very high in our favor. Still a good question!

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
I have a question - you don't mention it in the guidelines, but are drugs allowed? Like, can I have a character e.g. mention that they do cocaine on a regular basis or something like that?

That is a great question! No drugs, please. That could make it hard for librarians to support the book for school-age readers.

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
I would like to ask (not in any sassy way, just genuinely inquiring) what counts as person of colour. I am a child of Latynx and Eastern European parents. Would person like myself count as person of colour or not really?

A person of color is someone who is not white, and a white person is someone who is entirely of European descent (or at least to the point that they have no connection or memory of any other ancestors). 

Latinx people can be white (descended entirely from Spanish colonizers or other European immigrants to Latin America) or they can be POC (indigenous, mestizx, afro-descended, Asian-descended, a mix of things, etc). 

Basically, I can’t tell you if you’re a POC? But I hope that definition helps.

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powerandmagic·2 months agoAnswer
Hi! A friend and me are interested in sending a submission for the next volume of Power & Magic, we both want to share the writing + artist responsibilities equally and were wondering if that's okay for a team submission, instead of the more common "one is the writer, the other is the artist" combo. We're both woc, by the way. :) Thanks!

Yup, dividing the work that way is perfectly fine! :)

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powerandmagic·2 months agoPhoto

P&M Press is now taking submissions for POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Volume 2.

First, there was the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology… then, our “spirit”-ed interstitial volume, Power & Magic: IMMORTAL SOULS… and now, POWER & MAGIC returns with a full-length Volume 2, bigger and better than ever before!

The POWER & MAGIC SERIES is all about queer witches of color as icons of female power. Witches represent rebellion, transcendence, healing, feminine monstrosity, so-called “deviance,” and interconnectedness – with the cosmos, with their bodies, and with each other. These anthologies exist as a space for women of color to explore gender, power, struggle, selfhood and community, all in the context of compelling fantasy comics for young adult readers (and up)!

Submission Period

Submissions will be open to the public from February 11th - March 10th (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

Who Can Participate

To submit to POWER & MAGIC Volume 2, both of the following must apply to you:

  1. You are a person of color.
  2. You identify – whether fully or partially or complicatedly – as a woman. This can include cis women, trans women, bigender people, two-spirit people, demi-girls, questioning-but-leaning-woman-aligned, etc. Sex assigned at birth is irrelevant. We’re looking to represent womanhood as a spectrum rather than a fixed point.

For team submissions: At least the writer must meet the above criteria. 

If you’re a member of a long-standing comics partnership that includes a white writer and an artist of color, you may pitch together so long as the partner of color plays an equal-or-greater role in determining the story. 

If two submissions are equally matched, the team whose members all meet the criteria will be prioritized. 

Use #CovenSearch on social media to find teammates!

Age Restrictions

All contributors must be 18 years or older. All content must be suitable for readers as young as 14 years old.

Specifications

  • Comics from 2 - 10 pages long (must be an even number)
  • 6” x 9” trim size (template will be provided)
  • Bleed? Yes.
  • Black & White or Grayscale (no screentones, please)
  • 600 dpi
  • .PSD final files

Timeline

Selection Process (Feb 2019 - Apr 2019)

  • Open Submissions: 2/11 - 3/10 (4 weeks)
  • Selection Period: 3/11 - 3/24 (2 weeks)
  • Acceptance Emails/Pitch Feedback: 3/25
  • Paperwork: 3/25 - 4/1 (1 week)

Creation Period (Apr 2019 - Sep 2019)

  • Script: 4/1 - 4/21 (3 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 4/22 - 4/28 (1 week)
  • Thumbnails: 4/29 - 5/12 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 5/13 - 5/19 (1 week)
  • Pencils: 5/20 - 6/23 (5 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 6/24 - 6/30 (1 week)
  • Inks: 7/1 - 7/21 (3 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 7/22 - 7/28 (1 week)
  • Toning & Shading: 7/29 - 8/11 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 8/12 - 8/18 (1 week)
  • Lettering: 8/19 - 9/1 (2 weeks)
  • Feedback/Edits: 9/2 - 9/8 (1 week)
  • Final Files Due: 9/15
  • Kickstarter (October 2019)
  • Payment (November 2019)

Compensation

Contributors will be compensated at $106/page plus any Kickstarter bonuses unlocked through stretch goals. Contributors also receive a minimum of 10 complimentary copies of the anthology, royalties on all digital sales, and royalties on any future print runs of the anthology after the first printing sells out.

Rights

Creators will cede exclusive first worldwide print and digital rights to their stories for a full calendar year from the date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide print and digital rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with the creators.

What We *WANT*

  • Previously unpublished stories.
  • At least one protagonist must be a queer woman of color (or woman-aligned).
  • At least one character must be a witch, and at least one witch character must be a queer woman of color (or woman-aligned).
  • The queer woman of color protagonist(s) must be human or human-appearing.
  • Any era, any location, any type of witch – real or folkloric or invented.
  • Fantasy elements! How fantastical or understated is up to you.
  • Peaceful stories, sad stories, triumphant stories, funny stories, failure stories, action stories, love stories – the full spectrum of humanity is welcome. The catch: it must end “positively.” Everything doesn’t have to work out, but we’d prefer for stories to end on a note of hope or new understanding or resilience, etc, even if things go wrong.

What We *DON’T* Want

  • No fan works. No auto-bio. No prose. No one-off illustrations.
  • Comics that are already finished or that you’ve already started drawing.
  • Meet-cutes (“Two people meet and crush at first sight, the end”). A meet-cute may occur within the story, but it can’t be the whole story.
  • Horror: Your story can use fear and danger as plot elements, but if instilling fear/existential dread in the reader is the overarching goal, this is the wrong anthology.
  • Tolkienian fantasy: no elves, dwarves, orcs, etc. We won’t freak out if you make something up that’s very loosely(!) inspired by any of these (unless it replicates the problematic elements of Tolkien’s work, in which case your work will not be accepted).
  • Cursing is permitted as long as words aren’t used literally (i.e. “Shit, you scared me!” as opposed to “Let’s go shit in the woods!”) and are used very sparingly when used at all. In general, we’d prefer not.
  • No porn. No references to specific sexual acts. No explicit nudity whether sexual or non-sexual (sorry, folks). “Consensual fade-to-black sex between legal adults” is fine.
  • No depictions of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological) whether pictorial or written. Characters may vaguely reference (in non-graphic language) abuse that they have suffered in the past if doing so serves the story or is integral to the character.
  • No gore. People can get hurt, bleed, die, etc, but not in a grossly over-the-top way that fetishizes violence.
  • No slurs, no racism (not even “gnomes hate all faeries” fantasy racism), no misogyny, no transphobia, no ableism, no xenophobia, and no white supremacist nonsense in general. (And please, no stories whose sole purpose is to teach that these things are bad.)

Ready to pitch? FILL OUT THIS FORM.

Here’s what you’ll need to complete your submission:

  1. A working title and page count for your comic (doesn’t have to be exact).
  2. A synopsis of your story, including a beginning, middle, and end. Spoil everything, but try to keep it under 500 words.
  3. Preliminary sketches associated with your pitch: character ideas, important creature designs, environment concepts (the latter is especially important if your portfolio lacks strong examples of background art), etc. These don’t need to be final or polished pieces! Just detailed enough to give us an idea.
  4. Links to any relevant publishing credits (whether you’re writing the comic, drawing it, lettering it, or doing everything yourself). Self-published works and webcomics count as credits! Choose examples that best reflect the style you intend to use for this comic. You may simply include a link to your portfolio if you have no pre-existing credits, but please note that folks with sequential storytelling examples will receive preference.
  5. Tell us about yourself and anyone else working with you, your cultural and artistic background(s), and why you want to be in POWER & MAGIC Volume 2. Short and sweet is best!

More Questions?

Check out the FAQ. If your answer isn’t there, Ask away!

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HEARTWOOD: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy is the first ever non-binary comics anthology, featuring 22 young adult stories made entirely by cartoonists who identify as a non-binary gender, available here in PDF and CBZ formats.

Across time and cultures, humanity has spun tales about the forest: tales of caution, adventure, rites of passage, and discovery. It remains a symbol for facing the unknown and emerging transformed. This anthology is for everyone who has walked through the undergrowth, in the silence of nature, and longed for an adventure of their own to unfold.

Download these modern-day tales of sylvan fantasy today to follow characters and creators like us into the woods and back again.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Warren Bernard
Email: warren@smallpressexpo.com 

SPX Announces GoFundMe to Defend The 11 Bethesda, Maryland - September 14, 2018 Media Release

Last month, eleven members of the independent comics community and one publisher were served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.

Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Josh O’Neill, Tom Kaczynski, Hazel Newlevant, Emma Louthan, Ben Passmore, Emi Gennis, Jordan Shiveley, Morgan Pielli and Rob Clough, as well as the indie comics publisher Uncivilized Books, all need our help to defend themselves against these charges!

SPX has established the Defend The 11 legal aid fund to help these members of our creative community in their time of need. SPX is organizing this fund in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which brings legal and fundraising experience to the effort.

Of this next step in SPX’s fundraising support for the defendants, SPX Executive Director Warren Bernard said, “The response from our creative community about this case has been overwhelming. Now is the time to turn that rightful outrage into action. Contributing to this fundraiser, or helping us share it widely are steps that anyone can take to defend the eleven and in doing so, defend the kind of community we want to be a part of.”

Bernard continued, “Cases of this nature can continue for years, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When news of the lawsuit reached us, $20,000 was pledged to ensure these creators have immediate access to quality legal representation - but defending these charges of defamation is likely to be a long and expensive process. Most of that initial $20,000 SPX commitment from has already been spent to pay legal bills.”

SPX announced its intent to establish a legal aid fund in a September 1, 2018 joint statement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s new President, Christina Merkler. SPX’s annual comic arts festival takes place this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, those wishing to donate to the #Defendthe11 legal aid fund can do so in-person at the festival.

Contribute to Help  Defend The 11 Now!!!


Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501©3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.

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