lb_lee: A short-haired person flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
One of the bonuses of my profession is that every independent queer comics creator in the area seems to meet me at some point.  Which means I now have delightful access to some freaking FANTASTIC indy queer comics.  For someone who struggled finding queer material I liked as a teenager, I am in hog heaven.

So, time for a list!  In this case, my favorite indy queer comics. (Excluding porn, which gets its own list.) To simplify things for myself, I'm putting in some provisos: only one title per author, only series that are either complete or which I am sure will finish, only shit I own/read regularly, and only titles that are still legally findable.  Anyway, in no particular order here they are!  I hope other folks enjoy them and check them out!
COMICS! )
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Hey guys, I finally typed up my notes for my trans comics talk from November, and put up all the materials for it and my queer comics talk on Patreon for you guys to enjoy!  Now it's all in one place for y'all to download. (And it's public, so you don't need to worry about being a patron to get it.)
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
We did it! Sent our pitch off to Stacked Deck Press! Wish us luck!

We're going to go sleep now.

--Rogan and Mori
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Hey guys, as promised, here's the slides and reading list from my trans comics talk yesterday!  Sadly, no notes yet, I'm kinda worn out.
lb_lee: A short-haired person flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)

Hey guys, do you know what’ll improve this week?  Coming to an awesome talk about a hundred years’ worth of gendertastic comics, covering everything from the gender anarchy of Krazy Kat to the webcomics of today.  It’s free!  Come get a dose of awesomeness and reassurance that no matter the social opposition, we exist!

Also, you know, get some titles for your reading list.
A little flier for the Trans Genders, Trans Comics event, showing Dororo, Sulla from O Human Star, Desire from the Sandman, and Xavin from Runaways.  Here in Somerville in the Taza chocolate factory this Saturday afternoon!


lb_lee: A pencil drawing of Mac and Rogan canoodling with a little heart above their heads. (love)
I got back from the last day of Trans Weekend, a sermon thrown by one of the local churches. The service was INTENSE, and I mean that in a good way. Really reminded me of the church I went to when I was little, lots of music, lots of singing, lots of dancing, everyone being loud and engaged. It's the first time in a long time I've seen a church filled to bursting with people.

It was also long, but I was never bored. So intense I was DRAINED afterward, just because of the sheer energy everyone had--and I didn't even dance or sing! Just BEING there, moved by the spirit, wore me out! Really beautiful and really welcoming.

...but again, there were NO folks from the other trans groups in town! Nobody. And it's not like these guys were hiding this event from folks, hell, they were there at Interfaith Pride, and were really reaching out to people. So they were spreading the word, just... none of the other trans groups came. (And this is a conservative area, there are other trans Christians around.)

What the hell, guys? Especially since I been hearing that one of the white trans groups has been wondering where all the black people are. They're HERE. Here, guys, and advertising, but apparently everyone's just forgetting they exist or something.

--Mac
lb_lee: A pencil drawing of Mac and Rogan canoodling with a little heart above their heads. (love)
I just came back from a trans breakfast thrown by one of the local churches!  It was GREAT.

I was raised in a black church.  I'm used to seeing a lot of black faces, and especially when I'm in church, I just feel WEIRD when all I see are white people.  Especially since nobody seems to notice or care that much--even the rest of the system doesn't notice, which bothers me. (Hell, Ro's brown, you'd think he'd NOTICE.)

This church is predominantly black.  Their choir performed at Interfaith Pride, and they really impressed me, so I really looked forward to their Trans Weekend. (Yesterday, they had a movie night, which I decided not to go to, and tomorrow, they'll be having a sermon done by a trans minister from Chicago, which I'll be at.) I thought the breakfast would just be a social thing with pancakes.  WRONG.

An awesome breakfast, but where were all the other trans groups? )
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I sold a comic to Kate Bornstein!

I SOLD A COMIC TO KATE BORNSTEIN.  And she asked me to sign it!

...

*flails, falls on bed, lies there*

--Rogan
lb_lee: A short-haired person flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time where trans people mourn and remember our dead. And honestly, so much has been happening to us lately that I feel like I can't really afford to mourn. So instead, I'm using today to help one of my newly-out trans friends and make a list of various trans and genderful characters we have in our fiction.

Why the character list? Because we actually have a lot of characters who aren't cis, and due to the nature of our online writing, they often go around without mentioning it, and while some stories will specifically focus on their struggles as trans people, other times, they're just busy scrubbing floors, saving the world, or trying to get bloody revenge on the people who wronged them. We have probably a hundred or more stories on our LJ, and so, for your convenience, dear reader, we shall list them for you with convenient links if you want to learn more about them!

The Big List! )

WOOO!

Nov. 16th, 2011 02:49 pm
lb_lee: A short-haired person flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
The legislature just passed a trans anti-discrimination law for the state of Massachusetts!  It's not law yet, but the governor supports it and it looks like it's going to pull through.

AWESOME!

Critics are sad and claim I'm anti-business and infringing on their rights. :( Aw.  I feel so bad for those poor homeless businesses and their starving business children, having to eat their pet business dogs to survive in this cold, cruel, anti-business world...

Oh wait, no I don't.  BECAUSE BUSINESSES AREN'T PEOPLE.
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (librarian)
So.

I'm looking up fiction with trans characters.  I've got a lot of reasons for this--bibliophilia, library science homework, wanting resources at hand for my extended family--but it boils down to me spending a lot of hours squinting at library catalogs.  There are actually a handful of stories, more than I expected.  Yeesh, I've probably plowed through about ten by now.

And you know what?  I haven't liked a single one of them! Except maybe "How Loathsome," which was written by an actual trans person and made me realize that HOLY MACHUKA, people like me EXISTED! Too bad I haven't read it since I was sixteen. )

RARRGH.
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