Introduction

What makes someone a witch? Is it their power?  Or is it the fact they are a bit different? The witch has been a fascinating character for generations and for good reason!  In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled our favorite witchy graphic novels!

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Marika McCoola

Emily Carroll

Elevator Pitch

After losing her grandmother and meeting her father’s new fiance and child, Masha feels lonely and lost. She decides to answer the legendary Baba Yaga’s ad for an assistant. Before she can become the witch's assistant, Masha will have to complete a series of tests. Will Masha finally be able to find a place for herself?

Appeals to

Fans of retellings and adaptations

Content Notes

Grief over losing family members

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Black Magick

Greg Rucka

Nicola Scott

Elevator Pitch

Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD... and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her... or worse.

Appeals to

Fans of gritty, procedural stories as well as those who enjoy more gore in their witch tales.

Recommended by

Traci Glass

Mooncakes

Suzanne Walker

Wendy Xu

Elevator Pitch

Teen witch Nova works at her grandmothers’ bookshop and keeps an eye out for supernatural happenings, so when one night she discovers her childhood crush, who happens to be a werewolf battling a horse-demon, she offers help and they reconnect. Will Nova and Tam rekindle their romance while investigating dark supernatural forces?

Appeals to

Lovers of witchcraft and fighting forces of evil, LGBTQ romance and bookshops.

Main Character Representation

  • Characters Ability

    • MC wears hearing aids
  • Chinese American

  • Queer Characters
Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Rachel Rising

Terry Moore

Elevator Pitch

After Rachel rises from her grave, she finds herself dealing with more and more horrors as a witch seeks vengeance on her town for a centuries-old crime.

Appeals to

Fans of spine-chilling horror

Content Notes

Lots of grisly death; discussion of abuse

Main Character Representation

  • Gender Nonconforming Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Scarlet Witch

James Robinson

Vanesa Del Rey

Elevator Pitch

Witchcraft is broken - and the Scarlet Witch is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place?

Appeals to

Fans of the Marvel Universe and superhero books

Recommended by

Traci Glass

Snapdragon

Kate Leyh

Elevator Pitch

After Snapdragon rescues some baby possums, she and the mysterious Jacks form a bond over animal bones and magic. As their friendship deepens, Snap discovers she has magic of her own. With its charming cast and sweet story about self-acceptance and rekindled relationships, this delightful graphic novel will be sure to please.

Appeals to

Readers who love strong female characters and/or stories about found family; Fans of the Witch Boy series

Content Notes

Implied abusive boyfriend; bullying

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Gender Nonconforming Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Robert Hack

Elevator Pitch

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.

Appeals to

For those who love darker and scarier witch stories and fans of the Netflix show.

Recommended by

Traci Glass

The Okay Witch

Emma Steinkellner

Elevator Pitch

Moth loves all things witchy, and when she discovers she has strange powers, she’s drawn into a centuries long witch drama with her family in the center of it! Moth learns secrets about her family, town, and herself as she explores the witch world within the one she thought held no magic.

Appeals to

Fans of witchy tales, Salem, and witches in history, as well as talking cats! Those who loved Rollergirl and/or Witch Boy will love this one.

Content Notes

Some bullying and discrimination.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters
Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Toil and Trouble

Mairghread Scott

Kelly Matthews

Elevator Pitch

Three witches guide the fate of Scotland. When the witches begin to fight among themselves, their conflict brings about the coronation of Macbeth. With its evocative art and dark, twisting narrative, Toil and Trouble is a powerfully compelling exploration of the witches in the Scottish play!

Appeals to

Fans of the classical witch; those who felt the witches needed more of a role in the original play

Content Notes

Violence; gore; child deaths

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Witch Boy

Molly Ostertag

Elevator Pitch

In Aster’s family, boys are expected to become shapeshifters and girls are witches. Aster is a boy who knows he is a witch. Over the course of this trilogy, Aster’s unique outlook and abilities allow him to overcome challenges with his friends and family. Other characters’ stories--including an orphaned witch-contribute to the themes of personal growth and acceptance.

Appeals to

Readers looking for some queer magic; Readers looking for magical tales of acceptance; Fans of Raina Telgemeier

Content Notes

Bullying, complicated family dynamics

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Lesbian

Main Character Representation

  • Gender Nonconforming Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Witch Hat Atelier

Kamome Shirahama

Elevator Pitch

Coco wants to be a witch, but she wasn't born with the gift for magic. When a group of witches come to her town, she secretly watches a magician called Qifrey cast a spell and using what she learns, accidentally turns her mother to stone. The only way to fix her mistake is to become Qifrey's apprentice and start on a journey to save her mother and fulfill her dream of becoming a witch.

Appeals to

Fans of stories with teens learning magic, described by the AV Club as Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Creator is Japanese
Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Witches of Brooklyn

Sophie Escabasse

Elevator Pitch

Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she's never met before.

Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family and herself. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her new magically-inclined family -- Effie's life is about to get interesting.

Appeals to

Fans of magical fun and hijinks; sweet and spooky stories.

Recommended by

Traci Glass

Witchlight

Jessi Zabarsky

Elevator Pitch

Sanja was just trying to keep from getting killed when Lelek, a dangerous witch who blows poison from her fingertips, created a disturbance in the marketplace. Sanja ends up getting kidnapped and on the road to find Lelek's soul, which was sealed away long ago. As they travel together, fear and distrust change to friendship. With lush, vibrant illustrations and many strange places and creatures, the art is as beautiful as the story.

Appeals to

Great for fans of fantasy, magic, LGBTQ romance, and especially enemies to lovers stories.

Content Notes

Some fighting with swords and magic.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Witchy

Ariel Slamet Ries

Elevator Pitch

Your strength is determined by the length of your hair in the witch kingdom of Hyalin and the strongest fighters are expected to join the Witch Guard with great honor to protect the kingdom or be burned to death. Nyneve's father is one of those burned and when she is conscripted to the guard, will she fall in line with those who killed her father or stand up for what she believes is right?

Appeals to

Fans of magical schools, political intrigue, and journeys for adventure.

Main Character Representation

  • Multiracial Characters

  • All characters present as people of color

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Wytches

Scott Snyder

Jock

Elevator Pitch

When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they're hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient...and hungry.

Appeals to

Fans of traditional and graphic horror tales

Recommended by

Traci Glass

  • Martha

    | She/Her Youth Services Librarian, William Hall Branch of the Cranston Public Library

    Features Editor

    Martha Boksenbaum is Youth Services Librarian for the Youth Services Librarian for the William Hall Library of the Cranston Public Library. She purchases graphic novels, comics and anime for children and teens, and runs a manga and anime club for teens. She has served on ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable (GNCRT) Conference Committee and is currently a Member-at-Large for the GNCRT. She has also served on YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Selection Committee. She works every day to champion graphic novels, manga and anime from her small library branch, and tries to keep up with the amazing number of comics being published today.

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