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2Jul/153

Airboy: Comics, Transphobia, and Deafening Silence

Of late, I've kept my comics coverage pretty positive. Because comics are pretty darn awesome. But sometimes comics do in fact break your heart. And sometimes you have to take a stand and say, "this is not okay".

The second issue of Airboy by James Robinson and Greg Hinkle hit the shelves yesterday. I really enjoyed the first issue - I have a weakness for stories about writers struggling to write, and the author-insert technique was interesting - so naturally I read the second issue. Here's where I messed up: I didn't see anything wrong with this very transmisogynistic comic, despite it using slurs that I abhor.

Thankfully, I was pointed in the right direction. Hopefully I can help point others towards that direction as well.

[Warning: contains quotes and images of transphobic slurs]

Airboy