I didn’t know I needed a graphic novel about witches who engage in illegal broom-racing, but now that I know about it, I’m so on board.
Courtesy of publisher Levine Querido, we’re pleased to present an exclusive preview of Brooms, the upcoming graphic novel by writer Jasmine Walls (Vixen NYC, The Last Session) and artist Teo DuVall (Deja Brew, The Bridge). They’re joined by colorist Bex Glendining and letterer Ariana Maher.
The story focuses on a group of witches/broom racers in 1930s Mississippi who are trying to move out West, a place “that allows Black folks to legally use magic and take part in national races.” Their team, the Night Storms, must endure government oppression and societal prejudice as they attempt to raise enough money to follow their dreams.
Brooms will be published on Oct. 10. Check out the preview and more details from the publisher below.
It’s 1930s Mississippi. Magic is permitted only in certain circumstances, and by certain people. Unsanctioned broom racing is banned. But for those who need the money, or the thrills…it’s there to be found.
Meet Billie Mae, captain of the Night Storms racing team, and Loretta, her best friend and second-in-command. They’re determined to make enough money to move out west to a state that allows Black folks to legally use magic and take part in national races.
Cheng-Kwan – doing her best to handle the delicate and dangerous double act of being the perfect “son” to her parents, and being true to herself while racing.
Mattie and Emma – Choctaw and Black – the youngest of the group and trying to dodge government officials who want to send them and their newly-surfaced powers away to boarding school.
And Luella, in love with Billie Mae. Her powers were sealed away years ago after she fought back against the government. She’ll do anything to prevent the same fate for her cousins.
Brooms is a queer, witchy adventure that shines light on history not often told – it’s everything you’d ever want to read in a graphic novel.