Portland cartoonist Erin Nations, the Portland based cartoonist responsible for exciting releases such as Vision Quest and Stay Gold, has been a voice to pay attention to for several years now, but next week he releases his first mainstream work Gumballs, an anthology tackling different aspects of personal gender identity and transition. Ahead of the release of Gumballs' first issue, IDW has provided us a preview of a couple of the stories within.

Inspired by classic alt-comics such as Eightball, Optic Nerve, and Box Office Poison, Erin Nations brings a modern and very personal approach within this singular creator anthology. In the stories previewed below, readers get a very personal look at very different times in the cartoonist's life, and the struggles --- and the relief --- that can come both before and after transitioning.

Gumballs #1 will be released both digitally and in stores on December 21st.

Check out the preview below:

 

Erin Nations
Erin Nations
Erin Nations
Erin Nations
Erin Nations
Erin Nations

 

Here's the full solicitation information:

Gumballs #1
Erin Nations (w & a & c)
Pop in your quarters and see what pops out of GUMBALLS—a brand-new, one-man anthology comic from Portland cartoonist Erin Nations! His bright, candy-colored palette and crisp linework pop off the page, while his stories reflect a fascination with humanity in all its diverse foibles — hinting at one of his earliest creative influences, Matt Groening.

In Gumballs #1, Erin serves up a delicious variety of stories: recollections of growing up as a triplet, interactions with oddball grocery-store customers, the adventures of clueless dork Tobias, painfully funny faux Personal Ads, and “Tales of Being Trans”—
reflections on Erin’s true-life journey of gender transition.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99