The Out Side: Trans & Nonbinary Comics (2023)


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.”

From: Andrew McMeel Publishing

Notes on This Title

This is an anthology of comics by trans creators detailing their experiences with gender and identity. Below is a list of the creators included, along with the identifiers they provide in the text:

  • The Kao, who is a Taiwanese American trans man.
  • Sam, who uses he/him pronouns.
  • Wey, who uses they/them pronouns.
  • Jam Aden, who is a nonbinary trans man.
  • Maddie Jacobus, who use she/her pronouns.
  • Lae Louie Schäfer, who uses he/him pronouns.
  • Liam Coballes, who is a queer Filipino trans man.
  • Zhen, who is queer, trans, autistic and Chinese.
  • Ashi, who is Taiwanese-Filipino and uses he/they pronouns.
  • Vixtopher, who is Mexican-American and uses they/them pronouns.
  • Veronica Jane, who is a trans woman.
  • Dashi, who is transmasc and uses they/them pronouns.
  • Matteo Montero-Murillo, who is gay, trans, and Mexican.
  • Min Christensen, who is Danish uses they/them pronouns.
  • Julie Fiveash, who is Diné and nonbinary.
  • Coco Ouwerkerk, who uses she/they pronouns.
  • Lake Fama, who is trans, nonbinary, and sapphic.
  • Kaz Fantone, who is Japanese-Filipino American and uses he/they pronouns.
  • Lucas – The Nifty Fox, who uses he/they pronouns.
  • Aidyn / Snailords, who is bigender.
  • Tara Madison Avery, who uses she/her pronouns.
  • Dana Simpson, who is a trans woman.
  • Cyrus, who is Hispanic-Asian and transmasc.
  • Nasr Bin Safwan, who is Emirati-Honduran and uses he/they pronouns.
  • Mel Valentine Vargas, who is queer and Cuban-American.
  • Al Acevedo, who is nonbinary, asexual, and Chicanx.
  • Sage Coffey, who is trans and nonbinary.
  • Wren, who is nonbinary and queer.
  • Salwa – DaToonie, who is nonbinary.
  • Kyla Aiko, who is Asian-American and nonbinary.




Starred Review: “Recommended for anyone needing life-affirming stories or anyone wanting to learn more about trans and nonbinary identities and experiences.” (Source: Booklist)



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