This week we’re focusing on a couple of graphic novels that may have flown under your radar: The Witches of Silverlake Volume One and The Science of Ghosts from Legendary ComicsCheck out the details from the publisher below!
Witches of Silverlake
ISBN: 9781681160849
OSD: 5/14/2024
Authored by Simon Curtis, The Witches of Silverlake follows Elliot’s bewitching journey as the new kid at Saint John the Baptist Academy as he and his newfound coven of queer witches accidentally unleash a bloodthirsty demon that terrorizes their school. Illustrated by Stephanie Son, the graphic novel explores the dangers of magic beyond crystals and candles. 
Elliot has had a rough year. His dad died, he had to move across the country, and now he’s about to start high school at LA’s prestigious Saint John the Baptist Academy, where his mom has accepted the position of Vice Principal. He’s quickly taken in by the school’s outcasts: the scholarship kids; the queer kids; and the ones who just don’t really fit in with the glossy trust fund babies of SJTBA. They immediately let him in on their little secret…they are witches. Elliot joins them in their world among the crystal stores and occult shops of Silverlake, but just as he feels he has finally found a sense of family with his new coven, a full moon initiation ceremony goes awry and unleashes a demon with a thirst for SJTBA student and faculty blood, whose gruesome killing spree reveals that forces much bigger and darker than their worst nightmares have had their sights set on Elliot all along…With the fun and games of playing with crystals and candles over, the coven now realize that magic is powerful, real, and that it might be more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
Simon Curtis is an actor, author, pop artist, songwriter, and leukemia survivor. He first appeared in Nickelodeon’s Spectacular!, and released his viral album, 8Bit Heart, in 2010. The following year, his debut, independent album at retail, RA, landed at number 20 on Billboard’s Dance and Electronic Albums chart. His debut novel from Simon & Schuster, Boy Robot, was released in 2016, and the sequel, Robot Army, is slated for release in 2025. The Witches of Silverlake is Simon’s first graphic novel. 
Stephanie Son is an illustrator currently based in Seoul, South Korea. She has collaborated with various publications such as Penguin Random House, Legendary Comics, Pixiv/Kadokawa and Holiday House, as well as comic conventions like the UK. ThoughtBubble festival and animation studios such as Nexus Studios. Narratives and aesthetics that explore themes of diversity and connections are what drives her to do what she does.
ISBN: 9781681160863
OSD: 06/18/2024
In The Science of Ghosts, written by Lilah Sturges, trans forensic parapsychologist Jo Ravenna investigates a series of murders intertwined with ghostly echoes, uncovering unsettling truths with serious consequences for her and her friends’ lives. Illustrated by El Garing, this captivating horror story delves into life post-transition amidst a haunting present. Both novels promise enchanting narratives and stunning visuals, offering readers a spellbinding experience.
After her transition, Joy Ravenna has settled into a comfortable life with her girlfriend Cat and works as a forensic parapsychologist. Her goal: make the world believe that ghosts are real and are vital to solving crimes. When the heir to the Haskell Firearms business empire Liz Haskell is mysteriously murdered at her home, Joy is called in to investigate. Shockingly, she finds traces of ghostly echoes at the scene of the crime, which sends her down a rabbit hole investigating more murders in the Haskell family and seemingly wrongful convictions where the police did not have all the ghostly facts. Will Joy be able to solve the Haskell family murders and keep her own relationship with Cat from falling apart?
Written by Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass and The Magicians) and illustrated by El Garing (Bram Stoker’s Dracula Starring Bela Lugosi), The Science of Ghosts is a captivating horror story that examines how difficult navigating life post-transition can be amidst a tumultuous present.
Lilah Sturges is the writer of numerous comics, including the PRISM Award winning Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass and The Magicians and Legendary Comics’ May 7th release The Science of Ghosts.
Sturges has written many other titles from Vertigo / DC Comics, Marvel, IDW and others, and is best known for co-writing Eisner-award-nominated Jack of Fables with Bill Willingham. In 2019, Sturges was featured in The Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin for #TransPizza, where she utilized her Twitter platform to donate free food directly to trans individuals all across the Twitterverse. Sturges lives in Austin, Texas with her two daughters and two cats.
Artist El Garing loves illustrations. He migrated to the United States many years ago to follow a dream, and met his hero personally, The Great Frank Frazetta, who is always an inspiration. El was mentored by one of the best, Hal Santiago, and was taught by Philippines National Artist Francisco V. Coching. With Legendary Comics and Lugosi Enterprises, he worked on the graphic novel Bram Stoker’s Dracula Starring Bela Lugosi, which won a Rondo Award in 2022.