Molly Knox Ostertag became best known in the comics community through her long-running webcomic with Brennan Lee Mulligan, Strong Female Protagonist (which is still ongoing and recently completed a Kickstarter for another print volume) and she’s set to publish a graphic novel on both writing and art duties with The Witch Boy.
The Witch Boy is a middle grade reader book and is going to be published by Graphix at Scholastic on November 1st, having already been announced as in development for an animated series.
In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted, and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.
When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys in his community, Aster knows he can help–as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require “even more courage to save his family and be truly himself”.
The Witch Boy will be published in both hardcover and softcover formats by Graphix, and is one not to miss for compelling art and a story that has universal themes about identity and belonging.