Joamette Gil (born January 26, 1989, in Miami, Florida) is a Cuban-American cartoonist and publisher/editor operating Power & Magic Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Life and Early CareerEdit

Gil was born on January 26, 1989, to a family of Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida, the heart of the Cuban diaspora. She grew up speaking English and Spanish, and comes from a mixed-race family.

She briefly attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia before transferring to Evergreen State College in Washington state, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Psychology in 2010. From 2013 to 2015, she attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art to study illustration.

She became involved in the comics industry soon afterward, working as a letterer, cartoonist, and eventually prepress technician for Dusk Publishing, an independent comics publisher based in Texas.

Her science fantasy webcomic Blackbirds (discontinued) ran from November 2010 to June 2011. Around the same time, she founded the Olympia Comics Collective, a group for comics creators local to Olympia (Washington state) to network, collaborate, and promote the comics medium. The collective published two anthologies during its life, both edited by Gil.

Her first work with a major publisher was the anthology piece "Margarite and Leopold" in Womanthology: Heroic, which debuted March 2012. The six-page story was scripted by Gil and illustrated by Katie Shanahan.