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We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology

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The first anthology of its kind, We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology offers dozens of new stories that render trans experiences in comics form: some fiction, some nonfiction, some sad, some thoughtful, some funny, some bizarre, all authentic.


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The first anthology of its kind, We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology offers dozens of new stories that render trans experiences in comics form: some fiction, some nonfiction, some sad, some thoughtful, some funny, some bizarre, all authentic.

30 review for We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    I've backed a lot of comic anthologies on kickstarter by this point, and this one really stands out. Every story in the book is written and drawn by a trans author or team including a trans author. There are fiction and nonfiction pieces, humorous and sad, serious and hilarious. There are so many strong pieces it's hard to pick favorites but a few that really stood out to me were "Abominatrix" by Morgan Sea, "A Brief Timeline of the Singular They" by Melanie Gillman, "Tiffany Banks" by Ajuan Man I've backed a lot of comic anthologies on kickstarter by this point, and this one really stands out. Every story in the book is written and drawn by a trans author or team including a trans author. There are fiction and nonfiction pieces, humorous and sad, serious and hilarious. There are so many strong pieces it's hard to pick favorites but a few that really stood out to me were "Abominatrix" by Morgan Sea, "A Brief Timeline of the Singular They" by Melanie Gillman, "Tiffany Banks" by Ajuan Mance, "Tiresias" by Lily Ash Sakula, "For Real" by Renny Triangle, "Thots with Thoughts" by Noah Grigni, "Hagios, Hagios, Hagios" by Bis Thornton, "Love is Like A Cephalopod" by Bishakh Som, "I was just 18" by Nox Fox.... I said it was hard to choose! You should just buy the book and read the whole thing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    This is such a hopeful anthology, full of love and resilience. I gobbled it up all in one sitting– I kept glancing at the clock telling myself, okay just one more page and then I'll go to bed... next thing I knew I had finished reading the anthology and just wanted to turn back to the first page and start all over again! This is such a hopeful anthology, full of love and resilience. I gobbled it up all in one sitting– I kept glancing at the clock telling myself, okay just one more page and then I'll go to bed... next thing I knew I had finished reading the anthology and just wanted to turn back to the first page and start all over again!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    Great anthology. Great range of perspectives and variety of styles. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting to know more about trans experiences.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Wonderful anthology! My enjoyment of the entries ranged from “I liked it” to “Wow! I loved this piece!” and most fell in the latter category. I’m so happy to own this book as it introduced me to a large amount of talented creators to check out! Big thanks to all the contributors, Kickstarter backers, and especially the editors! 😍🌈👍

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Like most anthologies, I loved some more than others--there were some that were really hard to read or make out the art in, which led me to skipping after struggling to get into the first few pages, which I think is a shame. On the whole though, I think this is an awesome project and I'm glad I got to read it. Like most anthologies, I loved some more than others--there were some that were really hard to read or make out the art in, which led me to skipping after struggling to get into the first few pages, which I think is a shame. On the whole though, I think this is an awesome project and I'm glad I got to read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat Heatherington

    This collection is diverse, imaginative, tender, thoughtful, heartfelt and powerful. It anthologizes small works by several dozen trans comic artists, with the express intention of getting that work a broader audience, and making it quite clear to the wider world that there are plenty of transpeople making comic art, and no excuse for passing over trans voices when writing trans characters. Many of these stories are about the authors' varied trans experiences, but some are not focused on that, b This collection is diverse, imaginative, tender, thoughtful, heartfelt and powerful. It anthologizes small works by several dozen trans comic artists, with the express intention of getting that work a broader audience, and making it quite clear to the wider world that there are plenty of transpeople making comic art, and no excuse for passing over trans voices when writing trans characters. Many of these stories are about the authors' varied trans experiences, but some are not focused on that, being simply stories. The pacing and organization of the collection is very strong, without any jarring transitions, and the collection ends on a particularly lovely note. Very well done, and highly reccomended for anyone interested in comic art, or in learning more about trans experiences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Loved this--a great concept and beautifully done. I loved all the viewpoints and various styles. The only thing was, there were several comics that were not very coherent, where I couldn't tell what was going on. I know some people like this style, but I like things spelled out a little more. Still, wonderful collection, and I'm glad I contributed to the Kickstarter. Loved this--a great concept and beautifully done. I loved all the viewpoints and various styles. The only thing was, there were several comics that were not very coherent, where I couldn't tell what was going on. I know some people like this style, but I like things spelled out a little more. Still, wonderful collection, and I'm glad I contributed to the Kickstarter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a book of transgender cartoons, done by transgender people, so they know of where they speak. Some are more talented then others in drawing and telling their story, but all have a story to tell, and I found that it took me a long time to read through each of them, and absorb what was being said. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand. Just be prepared to have to stop after reading one or two of the stories, before moving on.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    An All-Trans Comics Anthology written by and for trans folks?! Yes!, says this cis (queer) woman. A range of drawing styles and story-telling, I loved everything about this book...which is not to say that I loved every contribution in particular, but the importance of the work being out there, these stories being told, and in such an accessible way! I wish they'd print more copies so I could order one for myself and for folks I know...mine was a library copy. An All-Trans Comics Anthology written by and for trans folks?! Yes!, says this cis (queer) woman. A range of drawing styles and story-telling, I loved everything about this book...which is not to say that I loved every contribution in particular, but the importance of the work being out there, these stories being told, and in such an accessible way! I wish they'd print more copies so I could order one for myself and for folks I know...mine was a library copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Villain E

    An amazing variety of stories, from simple narratives to inscrutible abstractions, and some didactic lectures. They are varied and personal and yet they all tap into the same core truth everyone feels: the desire to be accepted for who you are.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    A plethora of creators explore the nature of being trans in their own unique ways, as it should be. (Disclosure: A considerable number of people in this book are my fiends and acquaintances.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    A fantastically curated anthology that I am so glad I own, something I will come back to again and again. The range of emotion and experience in this is perfect.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaina Bee

    Such an inspiring and satisfying read. So many styles and themes, clearly edited and arranged with much care. Let's get some more of THIS on the reading pile! Such an inspiring and satisfying read. So many styles and themes, clearly edited and arranged with much care. Let's get some more of THIS on the reading pile!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Baylee G

    It's very difficult to create this sort of book. First, there are very few trans people alive. Of those trans people, only some will make comics. Of those who make comics, few will be of high quality. So, it's no wonder that many of the stories in this anthology are not of high quality (from the bizarre to the trite). But that's not the main reason I don't recommend this book. I believe this book has a trans-masculine bias. As I read each story, the difference in narratives emerges quickly. Trans It's very difficult to create this sort of book. First, there are very few trans people alive. Of those trans people, only some will make comics. Of those who make comics, few will be of high quality. So, it's no wonder that many of the stories in this anthology are not of high quality (from the bizarre to the trite). But that's not the main reason I don't recommend this book. I believe this book has a trans-masculine bias. As I read each story, the difference in narratives emerges quickly. Trans women are portrayed as failed copies, violent psychopaths, and/or victims. Trans men and nonbinary AFAB people are portrayed as handsome heroes. Even worse than this, and please do beware of spoilers, was the transmisogyny (hatred of trans women) implied in "It Could Have Been a Great Bromance" by Kai-Boom. (view spoiler)[ Kai-Boom's obvious narrative, in which a trans man visits a women's safe space and confronts a butch lesbian who beats her partner, is TERF propaganda. TERF, or Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, is an ideology by a fringe of the feminist movement, mainly but not exclusively a result of intentional misunderstanding of the work of Andrea Dworkin (see Wikipedia's "Sex Wars"). If you don't know what TERF means, really, just look it up. Getting back to the point, the hero of the story, the trans man, believes he's entitled to enter a women-only safe space because he "did not grow up as a man". This idea, that trans men aren't really men, or can't obtain male privilege, is central to the way TERFs treat trans women differently from trans men. The corollary to this idea is that trans women don't really grow up women and can't enter women's safe spaces. What I like about the story, and what isn't told very well, is that it's about positive masculinity. A man is using his male privilege to talk to someone about partner abuse. But, on the flip side of that, he's a male savior, going into a women's safe space, to physically fight a woman to show her it's wrong to hit her partner. Because none of the women in the safe space can do that? Partner abuse in LGBT homes is a serious issue, just as it is in cis-het homes. But this story can be told without transmisogyny or male saviors. (hide spoiler)] Perhaps the anthology's only redeeming story, for being about something to which I could relate without victimization tropes or comparison of a trans woman to a monster, was "The Third Time's the Charm" by Christianne Benedict. (view spoiler)[ In "The Third Time's the Charm", a trans woman goes on a series of dates with a cis man, and they mainly end badly each time her dysphoria is triggered when he makes a mistake in bed. But she gives him a second and third chance until they find the right balance. Even though it's straight, (hide spoiler)] I was able to put myself in this story easily and laughed at things that have happened also to me. Like, literally all of those things. A close second, but just outside of acknowledgement, was "Love is Like a Cephalopod" by Bishakh Som (view spoiler)[ because there aren't very many stories about trans women friends who may end up dating. Honestly, I can think of only one story of any women dating trans women in popular culture, and that's "Sense8", the Netflix series by the Wakowski siblings. The story remains just outside of acknowledgement, however, because so does the flirtation. Though I appreciated it as a narrative style and have been that woman, there was room to grow, and the TDOR seemed pasted-in as a conversation topic. (hide spoiler)] "In Transit" by Tara Madison Avery and Mike Sullivan wasn't transmisogynistic, bizarre, victim-making-oriented, or trite, but just left me thinking, "...and?" No spoiler tags are required, as there's nothing happening in the story to spoil.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    A very strong anthology of comics by trans, genderqueer and nonbinary creators. Pretty diverse in terms of background and drawing style. I'd love to see a broader range of stories and characters. A lot of it was autobiographical or semi-autobiographical work focusing on gender dysphoria and transphobia, which is so necessary but I'm looking forward to the day when there's less of a need to educate cis folks about the discrimination and multiple, intersecting oppressions that trans folks face. St A very strong anthology of comics by trans, genderqueer and nonbinary creators. Pretty diverse in terms of background and drawing style. I'd love to see a broader range of stories and characters. A lot of it was autobiographical or semi-autobiographical work focusing on gender dysphoria and transphobia, which is so necessary but I'm looking forward to the day when there's less of a need to educate cis folks about the discrimination and multiple, intersecting oppressions that trans folks face. Still, this is a very important collection and an important reminder that there are plenty of trans, genderqueer & nonbinary comics creators out there and you should highlight them (and hire them) whenever possible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Reeter

    A solid anthology. My complaint is that a few comics were incoherent and I had no idea what was going on, or what the point of the story was. There were also times where I felt like I was reading comics by the same author, in that they used the same language and had similar characters. But hey, as long as this anthology gets to and works for it's intended audience, that's all that matters. My favorite stories were: - Singular They by Melanie Gillman (great look in linguistic history) - Two's Cabin A solid anthology. My complaint is that a few comics were incoherent and I had no idea what was going on, or what the point of the story was. There were also times where I felt like I was reading comics by the same author, in that they used the same language and had similar characters. But hey, as long as this anthology gets to and works for it's intended audience, that's all that matters. My favorite stories were: - Singular They by Melanie Gillman (great look in linguistic history) - Two's Cabin by Dylan Edwards - For Real by Renny Triangle - Out of the Box by Kameron White - Glamoured by Ryan Rose Aceae -Where Have I Been All My Life? by Sonya Saturday

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Carpico

    Certainly don’t regret buying this. Important to have these voices out there. That said, frustrated by how many of these stories used the same kind of language to describe what are supposed to be unique experiences. A lot of these are far too wordy when the art style takes care of a lot of that uniqueness. Really loved some of the art work, but didn’t connect with most of it. Still, I’m sure someone out there connects with each story, so I can’t knock this as a concept.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tepintzin

    It's an anthology of very short comics, so it's a very, very mixed bag. Some of them are uplifting, others funny, a few self-indulgent and pretentious, and some are moving, poignant and beautiful. If you're trans, genderqueer, or love someone who is, it's worth getting. This was a crowdfunded effort from Stacked Deck Press, from who I have bought at least one other book. It's an anthology of very short comics, so it's a very, very mixed bag. Some of them are uplifting, others funny, a few self-indulgent and pretentious, and some are moving, poignant and beautiful. If you're trans, genderqueer, or love someone who is, it's worth getting. This was a crowdfunded effort from Stacked Deck Press, from who I have bought at least one other book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reid

    Featuring artists both familiar and new to me, this anthology does a great job communicating experiences through art. Recommend the whole book for trans folks, and specific comics definitely serve as helpful guides for cis people. "See? This is how I feel! This is what it's like!" Anyway it's an excellent anthology and I'm grateful to the people who put it together. Featuring artists both familiar and new to me, this anthology does a great job communicating experiences through art. Recommend the whole book for trans folks, and specific comics definitely serve as helpful guides for cis people. "See? This is how I feel! This is what it's like!" Anyway it's an excellent anthology and I'm grateful to the people who put it together.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gleth

    Funny, amazing, sad, heart wrenching, heart warming . . . all this and more. I backed We're Still Here on Kickstarter last year, and now that it has arrived I've found myself in awe at just how wonderful this ended up being. Read it! Funny, amazing, sad, heart wrenching, heart warming . . . all this and more. I backed We're Still Here on Kickstarter last year, and now that it has arrived I've found myself in awe at just how wonderful this ended up being. Read it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Ambrose

    Some good, some bad, some unremarkable to me. But I'm not the main audience for this collection, so my esthetic opinion is 100% beside the point. I support everything going on here, even if I may not read it again. Some good, some bad, some unremarkable to me. But I'm not the main audience for this collection, so my esthetic opinion is 100% beside the point. I support everything going on here, even if I may not read it again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Casey Jo

    Wow! What an amazing anthology! So many powerful pieces that are able to do so much with only a few pages. I wish that there were better markers between stories, but I was really surprised with how many of these stories stuck with me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Drake

    A wonderful collection of short stories, both fiction and non, all in comic form. The fact that these are all from a huge group of trans and non-binary people made it even better for me! I'll be sure to check out many of these artists for more pieces to read! A wonderful collection of short stories, both fiction and non, all in comic form. The fact that these are all from a huge group of trans and non-binary people made it even better for me! I'll be sure to check out many of these artists for more pieces to read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jae Lin

    This anthology contains some of my favorite artists ever, and it so warms my heart to see all these comics depicting so many facets of experience <3 It makes me so happy to have it on my bookshelf, and I can't wait to revisit it again soon. This anthology contains some of my favorite artists ever, and it so warms my heart to see all these comics depicting so many facets of experience <3 It makes me so happy to have it on my bookshelf, and I can't wait to revisit it again soon.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joshie

    May new fav comics anthology. No contest. So incredible

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauri-Ann

    Full disclosure: I know some of the artists behind We're Still Here. I loved this book. It bursts with life! The variety of experiences, viewpoints, styles dazzles. Full disclosure: I know some of the artists behind We're Still Here. I loved this book. It bursts with life! The variety of experiences, viewpoints, styles dazzles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bryanzk

    most touched by the xmas one

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Important. A huge array of art and storytelling. Some quality discrepancies but with the sheer number of artists and authors involved this was an incredible anthology.

  29. 4 out of 5

    honeybean

    Very well done anthology! I enjoyed the art in most of these, and liked the stories in almost all. Great work

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I love the variety in stories. Shows the diversity in trans peoples' experiences. Lots of different art styles, themes, etc. I love the variety in stories. Shows the diversity in trans peoples' experiences. Lots of different art styles, themes, etc.

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