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Transposes

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Transposes comics about queer trans masculine people

Transposes by Dylan Edwards

Looking for nonfiction comics about queer trans folks? Transposes features six fascinating true stories of transgender men and AFAB nonbinary folks who identify as queer. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, and informative.

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Author’s Note: The stories in Transposes are based on interviews I conducted with several queer-identified trans masculine people. As much as possible, I have worked to preserve the voice of the individual by crafting the dialogue directly from their interview source material. Because the stories take place at different points in time, the language reflects terminology that was in contemporary use (for example, “FTM” instead of “trans masculine,” “bio guy” instead of “cis man,” etc.).

Includes a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel (Fun Home).

115 pages, softcover. Published in 2012.

Recommended for ages 16+

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Sample comics from the book:

Transposes introduction
Transposes Cal
Transposes – Cal

 
Critical Acclaim:

Praise for Transposes

From the foreword by Alison Bechdel — “Transposes will teach you something about what it means to have a body and to feel desire. About what it means, in short, to be human.”

Review on Read About Comics by Greg McElhatton – “Speaking of Edwards’ art, it’s good. He draws his characters with great skill; no one comes across as a carbon copy of one another, and I love how Edwards gives many of them a certain raw sexuality. So often transpeople are depicted as almost androgynous, so reading comics where the transmen are given (as their lives demand or don’t) the opportunity to be hot and masculine is a refreshing change. Edwards also pays attention to fashions, too; the looks of what everyone’s wearing and how they style themselves in Adam’s story, for example, instantly plunge the story into a very specific time period. A lot of care goes into making everything match; foregrounds, backgrounds, supporting cast, and protagonists. I don’t feel like any shortcuts were taken here, and you end up with a quite handsome looking comic.”

Review on High-Low by Rob Clough – “Edwards … cleverly arranges each narrative in a manner that reflects the subject. … [H]e did a fine job of turning interviews into stories that read well as stories, as opposed to polemics or simple dry biography.”

Review on Lambda Literary by Cathy Camper – “A major step to breaking down closet doors is to provide venues for trans* people to see themselves. Edward’s graphic novel does just that …. Edwards’ black and white comics are open and inviting, making it easy for readers to get a quick overview of many different queer FTM lives. This accessibility also makes Transposes a good resource for gender workshops or other situations where it’s helpful to easily compare different people’s life stories.”

Article on Sequential Tart by Katie Frank – “Transposes uses different presentations for each story — a staged speech, flashbacks, a museum exhibit — to take the reader through important moments in the interviewees’ lives. This technique makes the stories both personal and relatable, and also highlights, in a lighthearted way, the weirdness of the exercise of interrogating people about the intimate details of their lives.”

Review on Gay People’s Chronicle by Anthony Glassman — “Simply put, this is probably some of the best work put out in the graphic novel universe about transgender issues. It is easy to see how someone would read this book, then come back and re-read it six months or a year later. It’s warm, it’s fun, it’s… caring. And there’s not enough of that in the world today.”

Review on The Gay Comics List by François Peneaud — “There is a risk, in any biographical story, of making the reader feel like a voyeur. But Edwards made a wise decision: letting each of those men tell their own story by using a first-person narrative. Even though he states that he took a few fictional liberties and changed names to protect their privacy, that choice gives symbolic power to the person talking about their life.”

Review on GayLeague.com by Joe Palmer — “In relating these struggles and accomplishments Transposes will be a source of hope, inspiration, and encouragement to any one questioning their gender. It is my humble opinion that cisgendered readers will be able to find motivation from these stories to live life on their own terms. As for me, I was drawn into each story, wincing at the slights and mistreatment, admiring everyone’s characteristic determination, and cheering their triumphs.”

Review by Andrew J. Peters — “The stories frankly address such topics as coming out in a lesbian relationship (‘Adam’), male role models and gay identities (‘Avery’), as well as STIs (‘Blake’) and recovery from childhood sexual abuse (‘Aaron & James’). As such, I think Transposes is a trusty guidebook for young adults navigating the discovery of gender and sexual identity, and really for older adults too.”

Review on Sequential Tart by Wolfen Moondaughter — “Having trans friends and seeing their struggles, I think this work is vitally important to opening eyes in the general populace, hopefully making people more aware, understanding and compassionate. And besides all that, the book is also a great collection of both biographical and slice-of-life stories, period.”

Review on Sequential Tart by Patti Martinson — “A very good and revelatory compilation of the just how varied the gender-spectrum is and how wonderful it can be as well.”

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QUICK LINKS:

queer and trans comics by Dylan Edwards
Gumroad Store – Most of my solo comics are available for sale in both print and digital editions in my Gumroad store.
Feeping Creatures - monsters for every occasion
Feeping Creatures Etsy Store – This is the best place to go if you want to buy any of my all-ages monster-related art and merch.
 

Solo Comics for Sale


Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA science fiction comicValley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run Part One

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run is a queer YA science fiction adventure comic, serialized on valleyofthesilksky.tumblr.com. Part One collects the first five chapters of the story.

[NOTE: page count difference for print and digital is due to spacer pages, content is identical.]

Print: 70 pages, full-color. $15.00.
Digital: 62 pages, full-color. $5.99.



QAT Person number 2 queer asexual transgender comicsQAT Person #2

QAT Person #2 is a 5.5″ x 8.5″ minicomic that includes 14 pages of autobio comics on queer, asexual, and transgender topics. Rated PG for a couple of bad words.

Features the award-winning “Nothing Wrong With Me” (originally published by The Nib), “Sickness” (originally published by PEN America), and a diary comic about my travels to a trans guy bar in Tokyo.

“Nothing Wrong With Me” received the 2017 Prism Award for Best Short Form Comic.

16 pages, full color and black & white minicomic. $5.00.



QAT Person 1 queer asexual transgender autobio comicsQAT Person #1

QAT Person is a 5.5″ x 8.5″ minicomic that includes 14 pages of full-color autobio comics on queer, asexual, and transgender topics. Rated PG for a couple of bad words.

Features the award-winning “How I Told My Grandma I’m Transgender” (originally appeared on Fusion.net), “The Transformers” (originally appeared in QU33R), and “On Reflection” (originally appeared in ALPHABET).

“How I Told My Grandma I’m Transgender” received the 2016 Outstanding Transgender Coverage Award from the LGBTQ Journalists Association.

16 pages, full color minicomic. $5.00.



Politically InQueerect Old Ghosts final coverPolitically InQueerect: Old Ghosts and Other Stories

In this all-new, full-color tale, Todd joins Archer and his mother on a journey to England to help Archer’s grandmother move. Gran is adamant that her old house is haunted, Archer is adamant that it isn’t. Will Archer’s skepticism lead to his peril, or is Gran amusing herself with a huge wind-up?

Includes a selection of choice PiQue strips from the comic’s 14-year run!

48 pages, full color comic book. $5.99.

Digital also available.



Transposes by Dylan EdwardsTransposes

Transposes separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.

Includes a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel (Fun Home).

120 pages, black & white trade paperback. $19.99.

Digital also available.



The Outfield queer sports comicThe Outfield

Want comics that queer the heck outta sports? Congrats! This is the book for you.

In addition to baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, The Outfield also takes a swing at golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, archery, the Olympics, soccer, and a host of other wholesome athletic endeavors.

The Outfield collects the entire run of Dylan Edwards’ sports comic from Outsports.com, and features a bonus section of even more queer sports cartoons.

Print: 102 pages, full-color. $20.00.
Digital (high resolution): 102 pages, full-color. $6.99.
Digital (web resolution): 102 pages, full-color. FREE.



LGBTQ editorial cartoonsBleating About the Bush

Bleating About the Bush collects all the weekly editorial cartoons I did for the Texas Triangle and TXT Newsmagazine from 2004-2005.
This book offers a snapshot of the sorts of issues that captured the attention of queer and trans people during the middle of the Bush II years: same-sex marriage, gays in the military, gender panic, and the ongoing Republican attempts to scapegoat LGBTQ folks for political gain.

Ideal for students of mid-2000s queer history, or librarians looking for archives of material from out-of-print queer newspapers.

Print: 60 pages, grayscale and full-color. $15.00.
Digital (high resolution): 60 pages, full-color. $2.99.
Digital (web resolution): 60 pages, full-color. FREE.



Ugly Little Beast minicomicThe Ugly Little Beast

The Ugly Little Beast tells the story of Trevor, a monster who wants to be a rat-catcher, but who is having difficulty finding a job. This is a cute all-ages comic that is chock full of rat puns. Trevor uses nonbinary they/them pronouns. This minicomic measures 4.25″ x 5.5″.

20 pages, full color minicomic. $3.00.

Anthologies

These are all anthologies in which I’ve had work published. I don’t typically maintain a stock of these and can’t guarantee availability of any of the titles. But if you’re a completist, here are some leads! (I have reprinted some of these stories in my minicomics after the rights reverted.)

Secret Loves of Geeks Dark Horse Anthology

The Secret Loves of Geeks

[Release Date: Feb 14, 2018] The follow-up to the smash-hit The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this brand new anthology features comic and prose stories from cartoonists and professional geeks about their most intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating. This volume includes creators of diverse genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds.

Buy from Dark Horse Comics

The Butch Lesbians of the ’20s, ’30’s, and ’40s Coloring Book

This coloring book celebrates strong, independent women who were ahead of their time! The Butch Lesbians of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Coloring Book features over 40 real life butch women who defied the conservative mores of their age.

Buy from Stacked Deck Press

 

ALPHABET anthology queer and trans comics

ALPHABET

Featuring over 50 creators, ALPHABET is an anthology celebrating a decade of Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Proceeds from sales help fund the grant.

Buy from Stacked Deck Press

Queer Heroes Coloring Book

Queer Heroes Coloring Book

Some of today’s finest LGBTQIAU cartoonists provide illustrations of 40 true life queer heroes and icons. Perfect for the coloring enthusiast!

Buy from Stacked Deck Press

 

Beyond Anthology queer science fiction and fantasy comics

The Beyond Anthology

This queer sci-fi & fantasy comic anthology features 18 stories by 26 incredible contributors, celebrating unquestionably queer characters hailing from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality, front and centre as the heroes of their own stories.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award.

Buy from Beyond Press

Qu33r Ignatz award winning LGBTQ comics anthology

QU33R

QU33R is the Ignatz Award-winning anthology, edited by Robert Kirby, published by Northwest Press. Includes comics by Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Ed Luce, Eric Orner, Kris Dresen, MariNaomi, Justin Hall, Dylan Edwards, and a ton of other amazing people.

Buy from Northwest Press

 

No Straight Lines Fantagraphics LGBTQ comics

No Straight Lines

No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig (one of Europe’s most popular cartoonists), as well as many talented creators who never made it out of the queer comics ghetto, but produced amazing work that deserves wider attention.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award.

Buy from Fantagraphics

Side By Side Film Festival Comic Book

Side By Side International Film Festival Comic Book

I have several comics reprinted in this anthology, which is available in either English or Russian. Sales of this book benefit the Side By Side International LGBT Film Festival.

Buy from Side-By-Side

 

Politically InQueerect

Politically InQueerect published on

Politically InQueerect LGBTQ slice of life webcomic

About Politically InQueerect:

Put gay conservatives, goth lipstick lesbians, genderqueers, and bisexual musicians into blender. Mix at low speed until thoroughly entangled. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with satire. Recommended for ages 13+.

My first webcomic, Politically InQueerect ran from 2000-2014. While I worked on other series as well during those years (including a weekly editorial cartoon, The Outfield, and Transposes), Politically InQueerect updated periodically throughout that time span and therefore most clearly shows my development as an artist and a writer.

As such, I’ve decided to leave the entire series online, like a little time-lapse video of me learning how to comic. Each of the main story arcs is linked below. PiQue Pieces collects anthology appearances, one-off comics, cameos, sketches, and other ephemera from over the years.

Politically InQueerect Young Republicans in Love
Young Republicans in Love
Politically InQueerect If I Had a Dollar
If I Had a Dollar
Politically InQueerect High School Suckage
High School Sucked for You, Too?!
Politically InQueerect PiQue Pieces
PiQue Pieces
Politically InQueerect Old Ghosts
Old Ghosts
 

Original Comic Art for Sale

If you’re interested in buying some Politically InQueerect originals, some pages on here will have a little “Purchase” button under the title, which will take you to a PayPal checkout:

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Shipping is included in the purchase price. If the “purchase” button isn’t visible, the original is not available for sale. If you run into any issues, please email me at studiondr@gmail.com.

Politically InQueerect Old Ghosts final coverPolitically InQueerect: Old Ghosts

A skeptical ghost story for those who wish Edmund Blackadder were gay, this 48-page comic book includes the entire Old Ghosts storyline, as well as a selection of some of the best comics from the strip’s 14-year run.

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Critical Acclaim for Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts and Other Stories

“An insightful, humorous and unique comic.” — Lambda Literary Review

“A fun, clever story, somewhat akin to a drawing room comedy.” — Panel Patter

“A nicely dialectical exposé in the shape of a comedy where opposites attract.” — Gay Comics List

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Comics

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I’ve been making comics semi-regularly since 2000, and while most of my work has a queer and trans focus, I have ranged far and wide from nonfiction to contemporary fiction to sci-fi to, uh, puns. This page features links to notable bodies of work, wherein you may delve further. You’ll find links to books for sale on each comic’s individual page, or you can hit up the Buy Stuff page.

Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci fi webcomic

Valley of the Silk Sky

STATUS: active
AGES: 13+
Queer sci-fi adventure webcomic featuring monotreme bee people.


Queer Asexual Transgender Autobio Comics

Autobio Comics

STATUS: active
AGES: PG
These are some of the autobiographical comics I’ve created for various anthologies, and websites such as The Nib, Splinter News, and PEN America. These comics typically focus on queer, asexual, and transgender themes.


Politically InQueerect LGBTQ slice of life webcomic

Politically InQueerect

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
Put gay conservatives, goth lipstick lesbians, genderqueers, and bisexual musicians into blender. Mix at low speed until thoroughly entangled. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with satire.


Transposes comics about queer trans masculine people

Transposes

STATUS: complete
AGES: 16+
True stories of queer-identified trans masculine people, rendered into comics.


Taxonomically Unbound terrible pun comics by Dylan Edwards

Taxonomically Unbound

STATUS: active
AGES: all
The best of puns, the worst of puns, illustrated.


The Outfield LGBTQ sports comics

The Outfield

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
Want comics that queer the heck outta sports? Congrats! This is the book for you. Originally published on OutSports.com from 2002-2009.


LGBTQ Editorial Cartoons

Editorial Cartoons

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
The weekly editorial cartoons I did for the Texas Triangle and TXT Newsmagazine from 2004-2005.


The Outfield

The Outfield published on

The Outfield LGBTQ sports comics

The Outfield queer sports comic

Want comics that queer the heck outta sports? Congrats! This is the book for you.

In addition to baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, The Outfield also takes a swing at golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, archery, the Olympics, soccer, and a host of other wholesome athletic endeavors.

The Outfield collects the entire run of Dylan Edwards’ sports comic from Outsports.com, and features a bonus section of even more queer sports cartoons. The Outfield was published monthly at Outsports.com from 2002-2009.

PRINT EDITION:

Buy PRINT BOOK on Gumroad

Buy PRINT BOOK on Amazon

DIGITAL EDITION:

Buy HIGH RES PDF

Download LOW RES PDF

Sample comics from the book:
The Outfield queer sports comic
The Outfield queer sports comic
The Outfield queer sports webcomic
The Outfield queer sports comic
The Outfield queer sports comic
The Outfield queer sports webcomic

Studio NDR Home

Studio NDR Home published on

Hello, and welcome to Studio NDR, the slice of the internet devoted to the queer and trans comics of Dylan “NDR” Edwards. The Scoop has the dirt on my newest comics and other artistic happenings.

For my all-ages monster art, please visit the Feeping Creatures website.

Buy Some Comics

Queer and Trans comics by Dylan Edwards
The Buy Stuff page has the rundown on all my solo comics that are available for sale, in both print and digital editions. There’s also a list of recent anthologies I’ve been published in. SO MANY QUEER COMICS


Read Some Comics

Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci fi webcomic

Valley of the Silk Sky

STATUS: active
AGES: 13+
Queer sci-fi/fantasy adventure webcomic featuring monotreme bee people. Oh, and some humans, too, I guess.


Queer Asexual Transgender Autobio Comics

Autobio Comics

STATUS: active
AGES: PG
These are some of the autobiographical comics I’ve created for various anthologies, and websites such as The Nib, Splinter News, and PEN America. These comics typically focus on queer, asexual, and transgender themes.


Politically InQueerect LGBTQ slice of life webcomic

Politically InQueerect

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
Put gay conservatives, goth lipstick lesbians, genderqueers, and bisexual musicians into blender. Mix at low speed until thoroughly entangled. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with satire.


Transposes comics about queer trans masculine people

Transposes

STATUS: complete
AGES: 16+
True stories of queer-identified trans masculine people, rendered into comics.


Taxonomically Unbound terrible pun comics by Dylan Edwards

Taxonomically Unbound

STATUS: active
AGES: all
The best of puns, the worst of puns, illustrated.


The Outfield LGBTQ sports comics

The Outfield

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
Want comics that queer the heck outta sports? Congrats! This is the book for you. Originally published on OutSports.com from 2002-2009.


LGBTQ Editorial Cartoons

Editorial Cartoons

STATUS: complete
AGES: 13+
The weekly editorial cartoons I did for the Texas Triangle and TXT Newsmagazine from 2004-2005.


Finding and Supporting Your Friendly Queer Comics Creator

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Like my work? Here’s how you can help me keep doing what I do.

Appearances

Conventions, art shows, panels, readings: this is where you can find me (Dylan!) or my art in person.

Queer Cartoonist Dylan Edwards

About the Artist

Who is this “Dylan Edwards” “person”? Enh? Perhaps this bio will reveal the answers you seek.

Contact

In case you need to drop me a line.

Links

This page tells you where else to find me on these here internets, ways you can give me money, and recommendations of other queer & trans creators to follow.

Appearances

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2018 Calendar

This page reveals which shows and conventions I’m confirmed for. As more event confirmations come in (including panel confirmations), they will be added to this list.

What Where When
DINK McNichols Civic Center Building
Denver, CO
April 14-15, 2018
TCAF Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto
May 13-14, 2018
San Diego Comic Con
Small Press table L-05

San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

July 18-22, 2018

About the Artist

About the Artist published on

Dylan Edwards award winning queer and trans comic artist

TL;DR:
Dylan Edwards creates queer and trans comics, including Transposes, Valley of the Silk Sky, and Politically InQueerect. His comics awards include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s 2016 Excellence in Transgender Coverage Award for “How I Told My Grandma I’m Transgender” (originally published by Fusion), and the Prism Comics 2017 Best Short Form Comic Award for “Nothing Wrong With Me” (originally published by The Nib).

Full Bio:
Dylan Edwards is an award-winning queer and trans artist. His current project is Valley of the Silk Sky, a queer YA science fiction webcomic.

He is also the author of Transposes (Northwest Press, 2012), which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in 2013 for Best Transgender Non-Fiction, and Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts and Other Stories (Northwest Press, 2015).

In 2017, he received the Prism Award for Best Short Form Comic for “Nothing Wrong With Me” (The Nib).

He is the recipient of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Transgender Coverage for his comic “How I Told My Grandma I’m Transgender.”

His comics have also appeared in various anthologies, including the Ignatz Award-winning QU33R (Northwest Press, 2013), the Lambda Literary Award-winning No Straight Lines (Fantagraphics, 2012), and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Beyond Anthology (Beyond Press, 2015).

In addition to creating comics, he has also appeared as a panelist and moderator at numerous conventions, including Comic Con International (SDCC), Small Press Expo (SPX), Emerald City Comic Con, AnomalyCon, Alternative Press Expo (APE), Denver Comic Con, Queer Comics Expo, Queers & Comics Conference, and others.

He is also responsible for Feeping Creatures, his all-ages monster creations.

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