GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

BOOKS

 

Promethea

An immortal work of magic by the tremendously talented Alan Moore. This series of five graphic novels explores traditional magical concepts whilst telling a compelling story. The major arcana of tarot, and the kabbalistic tree of life are also in illuminated for the neophyte in this series. All of this is dressed with STUNNING artwork.
   

Museum of Lost Wonder

A curious and wonderful work by the little known Jeff Hoke. Mr. Hoke has created with his tight draftsmanship, and knack for packing vast amounts of information into small spaces, a work of beauty and intelligence. Most basic alchemical concepts are discussed in this work, along with other odd thought streams. Included in this work are experiments, projects, and build-it-yourself models to keep the young adept busy on lonely nights.
 

Hellblazer

A fun, wild, gritty series which follows the troubled adventures of John Constantine, a cynical yet brilliant magician who has no qualms taking on the worst that this weird universe has to offer, including the devil himself. Nuff said?
   

Corpus Hermeticum

A 2000 year old text of Occult knowledge written by the thrice great Hermes Trismegistus. Within a wealth of spiritual insight awaits the avid seeker. A must-have for any Hermetic Library.
 

Buddha

One of the greatest comic titles I have ever come across. This series will break your heart again and again. Osamu Tezuka tells the story of Siddhartha in this epic series. Tezuka plays the with full range of human emotion, pitting humor against severity, violence against love, all with the single purpose of instilling within the reader a deep, human, compassion and inner peace.
   

Tao Te Ching

Passage 49:

The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.
I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.
The sage is shy and humble – to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.
 

The Invisibles

Grant Morrison, creator of The Invisibles, is my absolute favorite magician alive. His entire life is magical. He experiences more instances of synchronicity in a day than most experience in a lifetime. This work of magic, this meta-sigil, called The Invisibles will change you. It will change your reality –and it’s so fun you won’t even notice until it is too late.
   

Mentalist’s Handbook

A modern hands-on guide to mentalism. This is chock full of exercises designed to increase your ability to focus, to visualize, to receive a wide variety of subtle stimuli, to leave your body, to communicate with non-human intelligences… If you complete this primer on Mentalism and all of it’s exercises, then you will soon consider Daemon, Master, Shell a work of non-fiction. Artwork by the brilliant Jeff Hoke. (see ‘Museum of Lost Wonder’ above)
 

Rex Mundi

A gripping work. The description on Wikipedia:

The series is a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe, where magic is real, feudalism persisted, and the Protestant Reformation was crushed by a still politically powerful Catholic Church.

   

The Kybalion

Another classic work of Hermetic philosophy allegedly written by the thrice great Hermes Trismegistus himself. Translated and interpreted by Three Initiates (William Walker Atkinson). No library is complete without it.
 

Hellboy

This comic is simultaneously an exploration of mythology and folklore, and a super fun "hero" comic with a heavy dose of ass-kicking. Our hero is a demon gone good with a surly attitude and a big gun. With its dry, quirky humor and incredibly composed artwork, this title is a pleasure to read.
   

Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley

Love is the Law.
Love under Will.
Everyone interested in the occult should eventually investigate the indomitable Aleister Crowley. This book is the best introduction to Crowley on the market.
 

The Books of Magic

Playful, mysterious, and sinister, this classic title by Neil Gaimen may be one of the first magic related comics I’ve ever read. The book centers around a young boy who could grow up to become the world’s greatest Magician. Gaimen’s story telling in this work is as wonderful as ever.
   

Condensed Chaos

This is THE book on chaos magic. Recommended by all those who know, including Grant Morrison. This straightforward guide will have you bending reality in a matter of minutes. This approach to arcane work is smart, efficient, and very modern.
 

Lucifer

A fun title. Lucifer becomes tired or ruling hell and leaves. This book follows his adventures on the earth as he searches for something more than the joke of an existence he has been handed by God and mankind. And of course his cleverness and almost limitless power makes his quest quite entertaining.

   

Portable Jung

The man who pretty much invented modern personality typology. In his life he explored and defined so much, including synchronicity, the archetypes and their power, the shadow, the anima and animus. His work helped the thinking western man get a mental handle on the new age.

Read Jung and know yourself, and your shadow!