ONI Press – Graphic Novel – The Black Mage

Collector’s Notes: This is a really well-crafted graphic novel and an interesting story. I picked this up at the New York Comic Con 2019.

Even met the artist and writers, Daniel Barnes ad D.J. Kirkland. Got their signatures in the book, too. I also asked to interview them on the Toy Flavor Radio show. They totally ignored me. I hear that’s typical when you’re starting out to get interviews for podcasts so no big deal.

Still, the quality of the graphic novel makes it a worthy keep.


Written by: Daniel Barnes

Illustrated by: D.J. Kirkland

When St. Ivory Academy, a historically white wizarding school, opens its doors to its first-ever black student, everyone believes that the wizarding community is finally taking its first crucial steps toward inclusivity. Or is it? When Tom Token, the beneficiary of the school’s “Magical Minority Initiative,” begins uncovering weird clues and receiving creepy texts on his phone, he and his friend, Lindsay, stumble into a conspiracy that dates all the way back to the American Civil War, and could cost Tom his very soul.

This Oni Exclusive edition is a hardcover featuring exclusive cover art!


“Action-packed, thoughtful, and visually delicious, this is a story that’s not to be missed.”, School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Daniel Barnes is a writer from Fresno, CA. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, he enrolled in Academy of Art University, where he currently pursues a BFA in Animation Production. When he’s not writing or procrastinating on his schoolwork, Daniel enjoys geeking out about Nintendo and being a weeb. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Danny8bit, if you’re into that kinda thing…

D.J. Kirkland is a comic book artist from Charlotte, NC. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2009 with a BFA in Sequential Art, which is just a fancy word for comic books. When he’s not drawing comics, D.J. spends his time doing MORE drawing, playing fighting games, watching anime and talking about all of those things on a podcast with one of his best friends called Magical Boys. You catch him yelling about all of those things on Twitter and Instagram @OhHeyDJ.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 8 – 12
  • Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
  • Paperback : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1620106523
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1620106525
  • Product Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.5 x 10.19 inches
  • Reading level : 14 and up
  • Publisher : Oni Press (October 29, 2019)
  • Language:  English