March 31st is Trans Day of Visibility, and to celebrate, The Beat is spotlighting trans and gender nonconforming comic creators! According to the GLSEN website, “The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.”
This list is by no means exhaustive! Do you have a favorite trans comic creator who wasn’t included on our list this year? Give The Beat a shout-out and let us know, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
Crystal Frasier is the writer behind the graphic novel Cheer Up!: Love and Pompoms and the recent Marvel Comics series Gamma Flight. She also has experience writing video and tabletop games and fiction, which you can learn more about on her website.
In 2021, The Beat’s own Avery Kaplan got the chance to interview Crystal for Prism Comics about Gamma Flight.
Lilah Sturges is the writer behind graphic novels like Girl Haven, The Magicians and Lumberjanes OGNs, and the recent Dune adaptation. The Beat has had the opportunity to speak with her several times over the years (and it is always a pleasure), most recently on our affiliated podcast, Matrix 404.
And The Beat’s own Rebecca Oliver Kaplan got the chance to interview her about the Dune graphic novel over at Prism shortly after the movie was released in 2021!
A.C. Esguerra is the cartoonist behind the breathtaking graphic novel Eighty Days, which is nominated for a GLAAD Award! The Beat got the chance to interview A.C. in advance of the graphic novel’s release in 2021.
And here’s a video interview with them, conducted by Avery for Prism Comics:
Seth Smith is the genius behind the webcomic Hellbound. He also illustrated two upcoming graphic novels: Theo Page’s Guide to Being a Guy, written by Kacen Callender and scheduled for publication in 2023, and Kicks, written by Danny Lore and scheduled for publication in 2024.
Are you queer and looking for a rippin good time?! Read my webcomic HELLBOUND on tapas, webtoon, flowfo! And make sure to support the comic by purchasing pdfs!
— 🏳️⚧️ Seth 🏳️⚧️Barbie Gworl (@sethsmithart) November 7, 2021
During the summer of 2020, The Beat visited his Animal Crossing island!
Jeremy Holt is the writer behind Made in Korea and the webcomic House of Slay. Their work has also appeared in recent Marvel Comics anthologies.
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As part of our AAPI Heritage Night celebration, we've partnered with House of Slay to combat the fear of the other and build a community of love, hope, and solidarity. pic.twitter.com/tZzlFchG3U
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 29, 2022
Pseudonym Jones is the cartoonist behind the adorable characters Fanlee and Spätzle, who frequently appear in her webcomics and in the collection Fanlee and Spätzle Make Something Perfect! She also makes many comics about other original characters, as well as familiar pop culture characters from places like Pokémon and Homestar Runner.
The Beat visited her for Acrossing the Miles during the summer of 2020.
Grace Freud wrote the graphic novel Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song, the one-shot Rick & Morty: Jerryboree, and a story in the upcoming Marvel’s Voices: Pride anthology. She also writes for television, and with April Grace, is one half of the stand-up comedy duo Girl God.
Tamra Bonvillain, colorist extraordinaire, has appeared on the creative team of many high profile comics, including Crush & Lobo, Once and Future, Proctor Valley Road, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
This may be my new go to example to show how much color can add to a black and white page. pic.twitter.com/2BJNUvvPCa
— Tamra Bonvillain (@TBonvillain) June 26, 2017
Danny Lore is a comics writer with credits at both Marvel Comics and DC! They will be writing the upcoming graphic novel Kicks, which will be illustrated by Seth Smith, as well as co-writing DC’s Multiversity: Teen Justice series with co-writer Ivan Cohen and artists Marco Failla & Enrica Eren Angiolini, which is set to debut as part of the publisher’s Pride celebration in June.
Trung Le Nguyen
Trung Le Nguyen is the cartoonist behind the graphic novel The Magic Fish. They also made Star Spinner, an inclusive, diverse Tarot Deck, and their work appeared in the 2021 edition of the DC Pride comic anthology.
I got a great question about this recently from a student, so let's dissect this little choice in The Magic Fish. The Little Mermaid comic is actually several different versions of the same story at once! pic.twitter.com/JrwX8bALOd
— Trung @ WonderCon, wandering around (@Trungles) March 25, 2022
The Kao is the cartoonist behind Magical Boy, which first made its debut on Tapas before being adapted into a graphic novel duology by Scholastic Graphix! The Kao also recently edited the anthology The Out Side. The Beat’s own Avery Kaplan got the opportunity to interview The Kao for Prism Comics:
Maia Kobabe is the Ignatz-winning cartoonist behind Gender Queer, eir memoir graphic novel. E sat down with Brian Hibbs in 2019 to discuss the book:
Kendra Wells is a cartoonist whose work includes Tell No Tales, an ages eight and over historical graphic novel, and Real Hero Shit, an ages sixteen and over fantasy story from Iron Circus Comics! The Beat got the chance to interview Kendra back in 2019 about Real Hero Shit, and more recently, The Beat’s own Avery Kaplan got the opportunity to speak with them about Real Hero Shit over at Prism Comics:
The Beat got the chance to talk with them about their more recent project I’m Fine I’m Fine Just Understand in October 2021.
Mathew New is the cartoonist behind the beloved children’s comic Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.
— Mathew New (@MathewNew) September 28, 2020
The Beat got the chance to interview Mathew on their Animal Crossing island during the summer of 2020.
If you are a fan of A Year of Free Comics, you may remember Cool Friend from their Star Trek: The Next Generation-inspired Data comics! They will have a few physical versions of Data Visualization available soon, so be sure and stay ahead of the curve if you want to socre a copy from this limited run.
DATA VISUALIZATION has been sent to the printer, and a limited number physical copies will be available soon!
— Cool Friend (@realcoolfriend) March 24, 2022
Ned Barnett specializes in history and medical comics, with a special emphasis on World War I! You can read many examples of his work right now on his website. In his self-published graphic novel Dreamers of the Day, Ned recounted his 2019 research trip to visit the TE Lawrence archives.
I'm Ned Barnett. Library dwelling history & graphic medicine cartoonist, fantasy artist, and #dnd5e streamer on @Goingcritrpghttps://t.co/G8awRxJbJdhttps://t.co/iXscDYiRvohttps://t.co/K3N3i9diTa
— Ned Men Tell No Tales | 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@TheNedBarnett) October 25, 2021
Casey Nowak is the Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist behind the graphic novel Girl Town and webcomics like Bravo. You can join their Patreon page for access to more of their work, including pages from their ongoing Bodyseed comic!
— Casey Nowak (@IgnatzHaderach) February 19, 2021
Shelby Criswell was the artist on Terminal Punks and the cartoonist behind the nonfiction graphic novel, Queer as All Get Out, which gives you a chance to take a walk with them and learn about the biographies of ten people who have inspired them.
You can read The Beat’s 2021 interview with Criswell about Terminal Punks here!
They also wrote a Serial Box audio drama about Jessica Jones, which The Beat got the chance to interview them about in 2020.
Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind comics like Stage Dreams and As the Crow Flies, as well as the forthcoming Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales, to be published in September by RH Graphic.
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— Mel Gillman (@melgillman) February 14, 2022
Colleen AF Venable
Colleen AF Venable is the writer of the Katie the Catsitter graphic novel trilogy, illustrated by Stephanie Yue!
Tired of all your old, boring comics about not trans girls not hitting any particular location?
Good news! The awards-winning books Trans Girls Hit the Town and Trans Girls Hit the Field are available to download!
What’re you waitin’ for, huh?https://t.co/lszF04CgBc pic.twitter.com/QiwgM6bxu1
— Emma Jayne (@emma_jayne_1up) November 14, 2020
Tara Madison Avery is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in many anthologies, including We’re Still Here and The Out Side. She founded Stacked Deck Press, a publisher with a focus on LGBT work, and according to her Prism Comics profile, she is currently working on a new comic, Merrier.
Kaitlin Chan is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in publications like The New Yorker. However, you can also read many comics on their website.
Her forthcoming graphic memoir, Homecoming, will be published by Surely Books in Fall 2022.
Steenz is the cartoonist behind Heart of the City, and they were the illustrator behind the graphic novel Archival Quality and the forthcoming Side Quest! They are also an educator who cannot help but share their passion for comics with those around them.
Hearts priorities are in the VICINITY of where they should be. Pick up Heart Takes The Stage, the first collection of Heart of the City, on May 3!
— Vitamin Steenz (@oheysteenz) March 22, 2022
In summer of 2020, The Beat got the chance to visit their Animal Crossing island for our inaugural interview in the Acrossing the Miles series!
Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Jude Ellison S. Doyle is the writer of the recent comic Maw, illustrated by A.L. Kaplan, which will be collected in paperback in August 2022.
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— Jude "Pre-Order MAW in Paperback" Doyle (@byJudeDoyle) February 10, 2022