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The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics

compiled by The Kao, Min Christensen & David Daneman

Andrews McMeel Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Gay & Lesbian, LGBT, Anthologies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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In this vibrant and affirming comics anthology, 29 trans & nonbinary comic artists share their personal journeys of self-discovery and acceptance.

Featuring the work of Sage Coffey, Kyla Aiko, and Coco Ouwerkerk, The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics includes 29 creators' tales of self-love and affirmation and detailing their experiences with gender and identity. Originally published as a successful Kickstarter campaign, this expanded edition includes comics by Dana Simpson (bestselling author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Aidyn Huynh (Snailords), Wren Chavers, and more.

Equal parts encouraging, comforting, and life-affirming, The Out Side is a love letter to the trans and nonbinary community, designed to inspire anyone who may be struggling with their own identity and to help educate those who seek greater understanding. As artist Julia Kaye writes in the book's introduction: "I’m so glad this book exists. It’s a loud proclamation of our existence in the face of a culture that has for too long ignored our experiences."

About the authors

The Kao's profile page

Min Christensen's profile page

David Daneman is a cartoonist, podcaster and anthologist. As captain of The Original Content Collective, he's created six humor anthologies, most recently Humania!, a collection of comics about pets and animals. Any day now, he'll get back to making his webcomic series The DaneMen.

David Daneman's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“This varied art is a riot of style and color that brings home the individuality of the stories and storytellers… Recommended for anyone needing life-affirming stories or anyone wanting to learn more about trans and nonbinary identities and experiences.” (Sarah Rice, Booklist)

The Out Side is such a beautiful anthology that shares trans and nonbinary stories from all walks of life. All the authors approach their stories in very different ways; when it comes down to it, they all feel so interconnected and warm.” (American Booksellers Association)

“If you need something fun and joyful to look forward to this fall, look no further! This anthology includes work from 29 trans and nonbinary comic artists who share intimate, personal stories about their lives, gender journeys, and identities. It’s a beautiful celebration of the messy complexity of trans and nonbinary lives and includes a diverse array of art and comics styles.” (Laura Sackton, Book Riot)