Just So You Know #1

just so you knowThe beauty of the comic is that it can make difficult issues and heavy ideas seem a bit lighter by way of playful illustrations and minimalist dialogue. This is the case with Alison Sayers’s Just So You Know #1, an autobiographical collection of comics that marks her unique journey into womanhood.

Sayers highlights the difficulties many trans* people face, including invasive questions, the mood swings that can accompany hormone therapy, and maintaining a professional identity mid-transition. But there are also glimpses into the joys and victories trans* women experience, such as growing breasts and a stranger’s unquestioning acceptance of feminine identity.

Sayers also provides a (very brief) guide to trans* terminology, using the term “transgender” as a broad term that describes gender-variant people and “transsexual” as a term that refers to people who takes steps to transition to her or his true gender. This book was published in 2009, and five years later, the word “transsexual” has largely fallen out of use. Some view it as a hateful term; some simply don’t regard it as precise or useful. Readers should note that today, it’s generally not advised to refer to someone as being transsexual unless he or she specifically describes himself or herself in that way.

This publication doesn’t really delve into complex social or political issues, such as legal hassles or employment discrimination. And that’s okay—there are certainly books that tackle these subjects. Sayers’s offering examines queer topics like coming out but also universally human experiences such as facing loss and falling in love. Just So You Know is a delightful glimpse into trans* life for teens and adults alike.

Written by Jamie, GLBTSSS Office Supervisor

Comic Books

A belated marriage congratulations to Northstar! In case you missed it, over the summer this X-Men character married his boyfriend in issue #51 of Astonishing X-men.  Just as in real life, the road to LGBT marriage in comic books hasn’t been an easy one.  Comic Book Resources’ blog post LGBT Characters, Themes Throughout Comics History gives a good look into the evolution of LGBT comic book characters.

If you’re looking for an action-packed read, you might want to try some of these comics available at the GLBT Library.

Enigma: by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo  [9.854 MILen 1993]

 Gotham Central Half a Life

by Greg Ruck and Michael Lark

[9.856 RUCgo 2005]


 The Authority Relentless

by Warren Ellis

[9.854 ELLau1 2000].


 Prism Comics Your LGBT Guide to Comics:

2009-2010 edition edited by Jonathan Riggs

[9.850 PRIsm 2010]

a great resource for finding comic books

Try browsing the library in the 9.850-9.858 range for more comics, manga, and graphic novels!