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The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics

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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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This one was a hard read for me, but not because it was a difficulty in the language. It was because these stories help one understand. Some of the comics are beautiful about coming out, but some are painful. I think this opens up an important dialogue to people who aren’t a part of the LGBTQ+ community, to hopefully understand.

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The Out Side is filled with comics from 29 trans & nonbinary artists as they share their personal journeys of self-discovery and acceptance.

This graphic novel doesn’t just focus on coming out, but some talk about the later processes of their life and what it means for them now.

There’s 29 different artists, so there’s 29 different styles of art and stories. Some I liked more than others, but I still enjoyed and loved this as a whole.

Highly recommend, especially for those who are trans and nonbinary as they will most definitely see themselves within these pages.

*Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

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This was a nice collection, but many of the comics had poor image quality. It was difficult to read the text on some due to the size and the image compression. Comics were interesting and well done regardless of that issue though!

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a bunch of super cool people explains their experiences with transness and nonbinaryness through comics.

i couldn't stop saying "relatable".

it has...
-29 own voices non fiction tales about gender, identity, self-love and acceptance
-great art

would i reread it?
╰┈┈➤yes
would i recommend it?
╰┈┈➤yes
𓍊𓋼𓍊𖡼.𖤣𖥧𖡼.𖤣𖥧𓋼𓍊𓋼
representation 𐃘trans, nonbinary
genres 𐃘non fiction
𓍊𓋼𓍊𖡼.𖤣𖥧𖡼.𖤣𖥧𓋼𓍊𓋼
giggle, sob, growl or snore?
╰┈➤giggle & sob
adore, love, like or abhor?
╰┈➤adore
light or heavy?
╰┈➤light
heartwarming or heartwrenching?
╰┈➤both
sweet, sour or spicy?
╰┈➤sweet & sour
𖡼𖤣𖥧𖡼𓋼𖤣𖥧𓋼𓍊𖡼𖤣𖥧𖡼𓋼𖤣𖥧𓋼𓍊𖡼𖤣𖥧𖡼
my warmest thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing & NetGalley for the copy!!

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These comics are so, so cool. I feel like I found an incredible gift in this anthology. It's really great to see a variety of styles, topics, and authors all writing about the Trans* and nonbinary experience. It's not something I can think of one other book doing fully, though there are graphic memoirs about this, so it's such a cool thing to know a book like this exists in the world. I definitely felt seen and am super grateful to have read this.

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Absolute banger of a graphic novel with a diversity of voices and identities represented. The art? Fantastic. The flow? Amazing. Very thankful to have read this.

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