Does it get better?

Does it get better? By Derek Newman-Stille I find myself uncomfortable when I find so many materials directed at queer youth that tells them “it gets better”. I have been sorting through my feelings about this for a while, considering why that phrase makes me uncomfortable. The first issue I have with that phrase is […]

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Safe Space As A Process

Safe Space As A Process. By Derek Newman-Stille I have noticed when I have brought up critiques of places designated safe spaces in the past, particularly those that exclude (either explicitly or implicitly) the disabled population or BIPOC people, that the people who have decided that a space is “safe” often get confrontational. They often […]

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Countering Toxic Masculinity

Countering Toxic Masculinity A review of Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men (Penguin, 2018) By Derek Newman-Stille It is a discourse on toxic masculinity as much as it is a memoire. Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men uses life history to explore ideas of toxic masculinity as they intersect with Shraya’s own body. Shraya explores […]

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Love Conquers Death

Love Conquers Death A review of Sarah Graley’s Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings (Oni Press, 2018). By Derek Newman-Stille University is tough. You have to study, deal with new crushes, carry a part time job as a Grim Reaper…. Kim Reaper is an adorable comic about the power of a crush between two young women to […]

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Pronoun Education

Pronoun Education A review of Melanie Gillman’s “A Brief Timeline of Singular They” in We’re Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology (Stacked Deck Press, 2018). By Derek Newman-Stille In a period of time where people are making their careers on discriminating against the use of the singular “they”, Melanie Gillman’s comic “A Brief Timeline […]

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Mythic Gender Exploration

Mythic Gender Exploration A review of Lily Ash Sakula’s “Tiresias” in We’re Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology (Stacked Deck Press, 2018) By Derek Newman-Stille The ancient Greek myth of Tiresias is one of my favourite myths, exploring the fluidity of gender and disability (Tiresias is transformed from male to female by the gods […]

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Coming Out Of The Enby Closet

A review of Melanie Gilman’s NonBinary (melaniegilman.com) By Derek Newman-Stille Melanie Gilman’s autobio comic NonBinary is short but powerful, highlighting their experiences coming out as a non-binary person. They highlight the changing nature of the coming out experience, exploring multiple different ways that they came out – from telling someone in person (and rapidly leaving), […]

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Space: A Trans Frontier?

A review of Atla Hrafney and Phineas Kaldinski’s “I Made A Little Place” in We’re Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology (Stacked Deck Press, 2018) By Derek Newman-Stille Atla Hrafney and Phineas Kaldinski’s short comic “I Made A Little Place” packs a lot of power into a few short pages. They explore the oppression […]

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