The topic this issue is “queering mental health,” so I elected to do a comic about the high correlation between being trans and being autistic, and how this can affect mental health outcomes for folks.
Obviously a half page comic is too small a space to get deep into this extremely complex and evolving topic, but the TL;DR is simply that trying to force autistic people to act more allistic leads to poorer mental health outcomes, and trying to force trans people to be cis leads to poorer mental health outcomes. If you’re both trans and autistic, you get a double whammy.
At this point, it’s clear that an unusually high percentage of trans people are autistic, but the why is unknown. One possibility, hinted at in the excerpted panel, is that autistic people often take exception to following rules if the underlying reasons for the rules make no sense. So it’s possible autistic people have a leg up in figuring out trans stuff, because a lot of society’s rules about How to Gender don’t really make a lot of sense if you pick them apart.
My comic for this month’s OUT FRONT Magazine is, in fact, a bunch of queer fashion weed puns. Like you do. And yeah, I’m barely skating to the finish line, posting this late in the afternoon on 4/20. You can have punctuality, or you can have comics about weed.
My comic for the January issue of OUT FRONT Magazine offers up some of my predictions for the coming year. You can read the whole thing in the online edition (I’m on page 6). Or, if you’re in Denver, you can grab a free copy at one of their drop locations!
I was interviewed for this film back in 2017 while I was at the Queers & Comics Conference organized by Jennifer Camper and Justin Hall, so yeah, you’ll see me and my work in there!
The film, directed by Vivian Kleiman, shares the same name as the anthology Justin published through Fantagraphics back in 2012, in which I also have some work. The book and the film focus on the last 50-ish years of queer comics history, how we get from utterly marginalized underground indie comics to Alison Bechdel’s bestseller-turned-hit-musical Fun Home.
This zine collects most of my fan art creations related to Our Flag Means Death season 1, plus some works inspired by the 2022 OFMD panels at Emerald City Comic Con and C2E2. There are also a couple of What We Do in the Shadows cameos for extra measure.
Content notes: nothing outside the scope of what’s in the show. There’s some swearing, there’s some blood, there’s some risque ribaldry.
The October issue of OUT FRONT Magazine is here, and yes, it features an exclusive interview with Harvey Guillén (a.k.a. Guillermo on What We Do in the Shadows). My comic in this issue is all about bats, which you can read in a Laszlo voice if you like (“BAT!”).