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I'm amazed by the sheer range of experiences that are collected in this book. There's people from very different cultural backgrounds, different profession, different perspectives. Do they manage to capture every single range of the trans and nonbinary experience? Of course not, that's impossible. But they manage to capture their own unique story to share it with us, and isn't that just marvelous?
I had never read a comic anthology before, and I'm in love with collaborative effort that this must've taken. It manages to stay coherent while respecting each artist's style.
I did have some trouble with the proper reading order in some panels, but that is not uncommon for me, so that's probably just a me thing.
I do hope that this book makes its way to people who might need it (and those who don't as well). I'd love to see it translated to Spanish.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this fantastic ARC.

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I'm writing this review as a cis woman, I feel like that is important to say because this graphic novel isn't about my lived experience, and yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

This graphic novel is an anthology of comic from trans and nonbinary artists that explains their experiences with dysphoria, discovery, coming out, confusion, and acceptance of who they are. I found this extremely beautiful and touching. I loved that there was a plethora of gender identities and experiences represented.

Each art style was unique to each author, and that was truly symbolic of how gender is experienced by each person. After reading this, it does make me questions my feelings related to gender and how it effects my life and how people percieve me.

I have to give this book 5 stars because it was a joy to experience.

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This book is so wonderful, and so beautiful
I truly love seeing the different, artistic styles, the different ways of communicating, the self reflection, and being able to see inside someone’s head in a creative way that gives voice to the struggles, and the very real dangers of the lack of trans, visibility, and care in this country and in the world
This comic book compilation is not only gorgeous, it humanizes trans people in a way that is relatable, and also incredibly emotional. The stories leap off the page.
I would love to have a copy of this in my classroom, especially as a book like this is more accessible to people who are not able to sit down and read a full novel either do to attention issues or anxiety.

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC

Often times anthologies are a bit of a hit-or-miss for me, but this one is all hits. I loved every single comic. Sometimes it's a case of "sometimes a book isn't for you" but this book is ABSOLUTELY for me, as a trans enby comic creator.

This comic anthology is a collection of stories by trans and non-binary comic creators creating short comics exploring their journeys into gender discovery and transition. I felt a connection to a lot of these comics, and a lot of them had me tearing up.

It's quite heavy on the nonbinary and trans masculine side, I would have loved if they'd been able to have a few more trans feminine voices involved, but also trans masc are often invisible or down right erased in queer spaces, so at the same time its refreshing to see so many trans masc stories in one place.

I would definitely love to get hold of a physical copy of this book one day.

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It makes me feel a bit pompous to go around saying things like "this is an important book!" but, well... This is an important book. Queer kids need to be seeing these kinds of stories, especially in today's political climate which seems hell-bent on only showing them the opposite.

Put this in your school library, put this into the hands of your school's LGBTQ+ club, put this in your classroom library, and I'm pretty sure you will end up changing the life of at least one kid.

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I received this book from NetGalley.

This is the kind of book I would have loved growing up. Even now, I feel like being able to read so many different LGBTQ+ stories of acceptance and pain helped me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for what trans and non-binary people go through.

This is a fast read, but there are still some well crafted stories in this collection. And the varied art styles are interesting as well. Definitely a great collection for younger readers, as the themes of longing to belong and trying to find yourself are universal. It may even help to develop empathy, which this world sorely needs.

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This is a wonderful collection of stories by various queen authors/artists that is so important to get into the hands of young adults! I'm so glad this exists.

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thank you to netgalley for giving me access to the arc in exchange for an honest review!

wonderful and very touching anthology ❤️‍🩹

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what a great anthology of queer stories from 29 people! there's even artist's info at the beginning of every comic strip, and i think that's really cool! i would've liked there to be more transfemme and other gender identity stories, but i still enjoyed reading and relating to everyone's journey to discovering their gender identities.

• I received an arc from NetGalley and the publisher •

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A big part of this anthology were personal stories about being trans with many people being non-binary. It was a rather mixed bag, there were some interesting stories and interesting authors and some things that I was absolutely not interested in. But it was great fun to see so many trans stories together and see all the different ways they agree or disagree on things.

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This is such a great collection for people of all ages who want to understand how different people arrive at their understanding of their own identity. I would equally recommend this book to anyone questioning their identity and anyone who wants to understand what a friend or loved one is experiencing. The wide range of stories includes narratives from authors of different backgrounds. Lovely. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I loved it. I even recognized some of the authors, but had never heard much about their own experiences!

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This anthology offers a collection of diverse experiences within the trans and nonbinary community, and its creators are likewise diverse racially and ethnically. As with all anthologies, readers will likely have sections they favor more than others, but each story is unique and emotional in its own way. Collectively, this anthology offers much needed positivity and sense of community for queer folks.

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Okay. The cover is way too misleading.
I thought it's all in this cute and cartoon style.
But no. It mixed a lot of stories and styles.
I'm surprised, but not actually disappointed.
I'm glad to see so many artists tell different stories.
I won't say you'll love all of them, but you can always find some great pieces.

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*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free comic anthology.*

"The Out Side" is a comic about trans & non-binary people, their struggles, their coming out, their healing. Most comics are extremely short & it was a bit hard for me to read several in a row as the comic style & storytelling modes differed greatly. I enjoyed and saw myself in many of them, but somehow I wished the entire anthology was be longer...

4 Stars

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What a wonderful collection! I really adored the different art styles of the various artists. This comic anthology really enlightened me about trans & nonbinary folks and how difficult it is for them to come to terms with their identity -- and also how to address these things with family and friends.

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A good collection, especially for young or newly out trans and nonbinary people. It wasn't very exciting, but more just relatable content.

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This is an excellent anthology of comic stories by trans and nonbinary comic book artists.

The best aspect of this book is the diversity of the stories and art styles, and of course this does include the diversity of the artist. Each artist introduces the reader to their life and the reader is then involved. It is a vibrant book which packs a punch.

Copy provided by Netgalley, in exchange for an unbiased review.

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This short story graphic novel anthology collection shares different coming out stories from folks all over the trans/enby spectrum. There’s lots of BIPOC rep too!

The art styles were all adorable, the stories were raw and sweet, and overall I thought this was so important, especially in these times.

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I think this book is very important with its collection of diverse authors and their personal stories. The different art styles and what they had to go through in their owns words was not only enlightening but moving as well. It was nice to see the author bios and where you could find other work of theirs as well. A great read!

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the e-arc of this graphic novel! #TheOutSideTransNonbinaryComics #NetGalley

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I am a little bit underwhelmed. Anthologies are hard in the first place but then you make it a comic anthology and it gets infinitely harder to be successful and that there's just not enough space to tell a memorable story. (Memorable as in I'm going to remember it, not memorable as important. This book is 100% important)

Now I'm not even going to rate this because I don't necessarily believe in rating people's life experiences and the comics were moving and they were important and I think that they are going to make a difference, but they were all very similar to a point where they bleed into one another.

Logically I understand that this is a coming out anthology and that all the stories are going to be about that but it felt like we got a lot of repetitive trans masc representation and afab nonbinary and not as much trans femme. There are also hardly any that reach into the wider depths of the transumbrella like genderqueer, bigender, agender etc. There is definitely one that is bigender and I remember that, but that's the only one that I can remember off the top of my head. I would have also loved to see an intersex comic but that is perhaps a bit nitpicky.

The anthology falls into an odd age range too because my first instinct is to put this in like middle school classrooms but then all the stories are from adult POVs and I don't know that it's 100% appropriate. That being said I think queer kids need to see happy queer adults and that's where I really see the importance of this book. I can only imagine as a closeted queer kid seeing a book with dozens of happy queer adults in it would be life-changing and for that reason alone I'm happy that this book exists.

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