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I absolutely loved all of the different stories that were included in this comic book/graphic novel. I did feel that some of the stories were very similar to each other, which made the book seem a little repetitive. I would still recommend this book to people as it really opens your eyes to what some people are going through.

I was given a copy of this graphic novel/comic through netgalley in exchange for my honest review

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I loved this anthology. I believe you can learn empathy for others through the sharing of stories. This collection has contributors from a wide array of races, ages, and gender experiences. Each creator had charming art styles, and their voices came through effectively in just a few panels. The title and cover fit the theme perfectly, and has that visual appeal that makes you want to pick it up.

I'd recommend to everyone. As I said at the beginning, sharing stories and listening to stories is the way to understand each other. It's when we don't listen, refuse to listen, that we cause harm to one another. I hope everyone continues to share their stories and their journeys.

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"The Out Side" is an equal blend of encouragement, comfort, and affirmation, serving as a heartfelt tribute to the trans and nonbinary community. It aims to inspire those grappling with their own identities and to educate those seeking deeper understanding. It is a sweet anthology perfect for anyone who wants to read more about the trans experience.

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This is a wonderful collection of different experiences by Trans and Nonbinary authors. I loved the variety and honesty of the experiences presented here.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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The Out Side: Trans and Nonbinary Comics by The Kao, David Daneman and Min Christensen is a wonderful graphic novel! Serving as an anthology of voices and insight, it provides various stories and messages from different people with different life experiences. This is so important because each person has a different journey in their identity and this book holds space for that.

I loved how each storyteller had their own style, voice, and POV--it clearly came through. Citing the artists/storytellers also provided a really neat opportunity to find creatives to follow and support. The Outside depicts the full gamut of human emotion, as rich and vibrant as the spectrum of folks amongst us.

There is so much one can learn from this book whether you're a member of the community, an ally, a member of a support system, or starting the process to do so.

The more we learn, the more we know, the more we grow. This book demonstrates how accessibility to learning how other people navigate the world can create a more compassionate world.

Thank you NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to review this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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The Out Side is a necessary comic, one that talks about what it means to be trans or nonbinary. As a cis person, I am not familiar with the experience on a personal level. Yet as trans rights are under attacks, we need more of these stories.

One person finds out their grandfather wore bras in private. Another talks about how it hurts to be called "ma'am" while back home. Each time, a new voice adds to the mix of stories that are getting suppressed in many states. The art also shows a wide spectrum of style, with bright cheery pieces to go with moody ones. And I enjoyed every one.

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A wonderful way to explore how important acceptance and variety in gender identity is. I loved the diversity of styles and experiences, and the truth and courage of the contributors in sharing their stories.

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This is a fabulous compilation of short stories by trans and nonbinary authors and artists. Many perspectives are shared spanning a range of emotion and experiences, a good glimpse into the diverseness that is encompassed by trans and nonbinary folx.

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The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics" is a groundbreaking anthology that brings together the unique voices and perspectives of trans and nonbinary creators. Through the powerful medium of comics, The Kao, David Daneman, and Min Christensen provide a platform for authentic storytelling that explores identity, challenges societal norms, and celebrates the diversity of the trans and nonbinary experience. With a compelling blend of art and narrative, this collection is a poignant and affirming contribution to the representation of marginalized voices in the comic book world.

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This was perfect! I love the different stories involved. It really showed the diversity of what it's like to be trans and/or non binary. It's sweet and charming and the art was so cute.

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Its cute, colorful, and excellently written. Middle grade readers will learn a lot about trans and nonbinary identities while enjoy adorable stories,

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Gotta give it up to this book—it helped me mentally work through some gender stuff. Could I be non-binary? It’s more likely than you think!

I liked the diverse stories and hearing how various people worked through their own genders and sexuality. Gender is so beautifully fluid.

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I loved this! As a cisgender woman, I try my best to seek out stories like this one to be suppurative for my trans and nonbinary friends and this did not let me down! I loved all the stories, even the ones that made me sad. The art is just too cute as well!

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Thank you NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing for this arc!

5/5 stars

This a great anthology chronicling so many different artists and their journies of self acceptance! The stories are all quite short, only a handful of pages each, but the stories don't feel like they're missing anything at all. Fantastic and very important read!

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The comics in this anthology are short, but filled with emotion and personal experience. This is a quick, but enjoyable read that will be very helpful to anyone who has shared the same struggles as the comic creators included in the volume. I really like the range of art styles, the different angles taken with the topic, and the way it provides a closer, personal look at people's experience with gender dysphoria and self-perception. Beautiful comic anthology!

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A collection of trans and nonbinary stories, mostly focused around coming out. I loved looking at all the different art styles and feeling all the queer joy!! I love hearing others view on gender and and how it impacts their lives, made me feel less alone in this world.

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I loved this comic. I thought it was everything it should have been and more. I cannot wait to share it with my kids.

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The Out Side is a comics anthology of short autobiographical comics from trans/nonbinary comics creators. I couldn't resist reading it once I saw the cover, which is super cute. The collection includes some better known creators (such as Dana Simpson, the author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and an introduction from Julia Kaye, author of Super Late Bloomer) and some more obscure ones. The stories are relatable, emotional, charming, funny, painful, and everything they can be. It covers a spectrum of types of stories (and art styles too!) that highlight some of the very different things that being trans can mean and the ways that experiencing gender can be specific to the individual while also being a part of a communal experience. Trans people looking for experiences like their own, cis people looking to understand trans people, and people questioning their gender identity will all find this to be a rewarding collection. Recommended!

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It is a beautiful collection of personal and emotional stories about the authors' relationships with their gender and where they fit within society.

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