Handbook for Hot Witches

Dame Darcy's Illustrated Guide to Magic, Love, and Creativity

Dame Darcy; illustrations by Dame Darcy

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Combine a graphic novel with a dash of crafts, a sprinkle of feminist fairy tales, and a whole cauldron of spells—voilà!—Dame Darcy's Handbook for Hot Witches. This is the guide for girls who want cool things to do and great friends to do them with, who aren't afraid to be their different, awesome selves. It's a celebration of powerful, creative girls—the sort of girls who may have been called "witches" once, but who, as this book proclaims, are "hot," because of their talent and their uniqueness. With sections on banjo playing, beauty spells, palm reading, and much more, this fully illustrated handbook will send girls on their way to independence, creativity, and magic.


Read an Excerpt


Everything turns glamorous when the bewitching, charming, fascinating Enchantress touches it. She brings the party with her wherever she goes, and she is a delight and pleasure to all. Her beauty and charisma are unparalleled.
How to Be an Enchantress in Love
No one is going to lead you to true happiness except yourself. When you have fun and delight in being your own unique, adorable self, you will attract love naturally.
Be enthusiastic, but mysterious. Don’t show him all your cards at once, but also, don’t play games. Always tell the truth.


Praise for Handbook for Hot Witches

"Part graphic novel, part New Age primer, with dashes of astrology and crafts and pinches of beauty hints, the book packs a lot into its 200 pages.” —School Library Journal

What others have said about Dame Darcy:

“Darcy’s comics are aesthetic manifestos. . . . Darcy is a star.” —The New York Times

“I think she’s exquisite, let’s put it that way. I wish I knew her in high school.” —Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

Praise for Meat Cake:

“[Darcy] has created a childlike, otherworldly realm, a land that hovers in the twilight space between the whimsical and the macabre. Ghosts and goblins, foul-tempered stepmothers, lovesick mermaids and charmed forest are all rendered in Darcy’s distinctive hand, loose and flowing lines reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey.” —The Los Angeles Times

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  • Dame Darcy; illustrations by Dame Darcy

  • Dame Darcy currently resides in New York City and Savannah, Georgia. She is known worldwide as an illustrator, writer, fine artist, musician, filmmaker, animator, environmentalist, and Cabaret Mermaid. Her illustrated titles include The Illustrated Jane Eyre, and she has been publishing her comic book series, Meat Cake, for twenty years.

  • Dame Darcy


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Handbook for Hot Witches

Dame Darcy's Illustrated Guide to Magic, Love, and Creativity

Dame Darcy; illustrations by Dame Darcy