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The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics

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Journeys to truth and self-acceptance from 18 comic artists. Foreword by Julia Kaye.


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Journeys to truth and self-acceptance from 18 comic artists. Foreword by Julia Kaye.

30 review for The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    FANTASTIC! Supported this on the Kickstarter and so happy I have the book now! It was a wonderful read, sad, heartbreaking, but also hopeful and lovely. Longer review will come soon-ish. Not feeling all to right at the moment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    How do you rate and review a collection that has good contents, but isn't what you were hoping for when you bought it? We'll start with the good: I think I enjoyed every comic that was included, with some of them giving me bits to ponder afterward. The less good: the contributors list didn't fit the expectations the title set up for me. As a trans woman who uses she/her pronouns, I would have liked more stories from others who know themselves that way. To me, this book felt like a collection of n How do you rate and review a collection that has good contents, but isn't what you were hoping for when you bought it? We'll start with the good: I think I enjoyed every comic that was included, with some of them giving me bits to ponder afterward. The less good: the contributors list didn't fit the expectations the title set up for me. As a trans woman who uses she/her pronouns, I would have liked more stories from others who know themselves that way. To me, this book felt like a collection of nonbinary comics with a few other transgender comics included. (I also don't know whether this paragraph says more about me or about the book I'm reviewing.) What is good though is that I really enjoyed the book, despite that disappointment. And the truth of each person's history and identity came through.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Max Turner

    This is a really lovely volume with some very heart felt stories. The comics are all beautifully illustrated in a way that further allows the reader to get a feel for the artist and their experience. My personal favourite was "Sweet Nips" by Lucas the nifty fox. It resonated with me on a personal level, but also was a nice addition to stories that were largely otherwise concerning the start of people's journeys. To that end, my only (slight) criticism would be that it would have been nice to hav This is a really lovely volume with some very heart felt stories. The comics are all beautifully illustrated in a way that further allows the reader to get a feel for the artist and their experience. My personal favourite was "Sweet Nips" by Lucas the nifty fox. It resonated with me on a personal level, but also was a nice addition to stories that were largely otherwise concerning the start of people's journeys. To that end, my only (slight) criticism would be that it would have been nice to have more variety in that regard, but I so appreciate the artists for sharing those journeys with us.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I ordered this on Kickstarter on a whim, forgot about it, and then got it in the mail yesterday. It was absolutely delightful! I ended up reading several parts aloud to my wife (who is trans) because I knew she'd find them so relatable and funny. (Not all of the comics are funny though -- there's a good balance of different tones while still always being uplifting.) I like that it's all written/drawn to be all-ages-friendly too so that I can be comfortable recommending this to kids/teens who are I ordered this on Kickstarter on a whim, forgot about it, and then got it in the mail yesterday. It was absolutely delightful! I ended up reading several parts aloud to my wife (who is trans) because I knew she'd find them so relatable and funny. (Not all of the comics are funny though -- there's a good balance of different tones while still always being uplifting.) I like that it's all written/drawn to be all-ages-friendly too so that I can be comfortable recommending this to kids/teens who are gender non-conforming or questioning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suhail

    As a cis-het I think these comics have given me a broader view of the various ways in which people experience their gender. I liked the differences in art styles and story telling methods more than I was expecting. I don't usually like anthologies but here it felt natural since all the artists were telling autobiographical stories. Each style fit the mood and tone of each artists' story. As a cis-het I think these comics have given me a broader view of the various ways in which people experience their gender. I liked the differences in art styles and story telling methods more than I was expecting. I don't usually like anthologies but here it felt natural since all the artists were telling autobiographical stories. Each style fit the mood and tone of each artists' story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Beautiful stories and art, and a variety of representation. โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ I liked hearing about all the diverse life experiences in cool different art styles, with a theme of hope and self acceptance through all of them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Esther O. Lee

    Really enjoyed this solid anthology and will be rec'ing it to others. The humor was great too. Faves: -Dashi's Life Choices -Lake Fama's Slow and Steady (that first panel is comedy gold) Really enjoyed this solid anthology and will be rec'ing it to others. The humor was great too. Faves: -Dashi's Life Choices -Lake Fama's Slow and Steady (that first panel is comedy gold)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mads

    I have so many new artists to check out! What an amazing collection - not a single miss!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I'm glad things like this exist. I hope it helps young trans folks find themselves more easily. I'm glad things like this exist. I hope it helps young trans folks find themselves more easily.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ember

    100% sweet good trans fun!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauri-Ann

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin Hislop

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abstraktesherz

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julicorn

  17. 4 out of 5

    JC

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elias Rosner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Schultz

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lex Ophiuchus

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Griffin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Felix Foote

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jancewicz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Holmquist

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cayden

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

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