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The ComicsAlliance Guide to Great Comics for Trans and NB Youth

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To mark Trans Week of Visibility, ComicsAlliance has put together a list of great comics for younger readers featuring transgender or nonbinary characters. These are comics that are suitable for a wide range of ages, and come from a wide array of genres, from fantasy to electro-pop to superheroes to slice-of-life --- so there should be something for everyone.

If you're a young trans or nonbinary comics reader, or if you know someone who is, or if you just want to read some amazing comics, these are our recommendations!

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I’m With Heroes: Seven Great Comics About Women Defeating Monsters

Art by Ant Lucia. DC Comics.
Art by Ant Lucia. DC Comics.

The brave hero. The wicked villain. These archetypes, and the tales of their struggles, lie at the heart of the comic book medium, providing the basis for many of our favorite stories. While some may scoff at these aspirational stories, we know that they can be empowering, uplifting, and even inspiring. That's often especially true when the hero at the heart of the story is a woman.

When women slay monsters, the stories are never just about protecting the kingdom and preserving the status quo. When women slay monsters, they challenge their own oppression, they overturn expectations, and they seize control of the future. When women slay monsters, they change the world. These are some of our favorite comic book stories that celebrate that idea.

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‘Thunderbolts’ And ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’ Celebrate Anniversaries In 2017 [NYCC 2016]

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Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Thunderbolts will both celebrate major anniversaries in 2017 with oversized specials that bring back the characters' original creators to work alongside their current teams. It's both a pretty cool way to observe these anniversaries, and a sign of just how much Marvel today is tied to what was going on in the '90s!

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The Best Marvel Comics For Young Readers [Kids’ Comics]

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Today, we're looking at recent offerings from Marvel Comics that cater specifically to younger readers. Over recent years there's been a significant sea-change at Marvel that has allowed more young adult, kid-friendly, and inclusive titles to spring up and carve a corner for themselves, and we've chosen six of the very best for the kids and teens in your life.

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The Superpower That Makes Squirrel Girl Truly Unbeatable [Kids’ Comics]

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Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is one of the best superhero comics being published today, but it’s also one of the best that fall loosely under an all-ages banner and is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Everyone can enjoy Doreen Green’s adventures and her positive outlook on life, and the comic itself is spreading a positive message through Squirrel Girl’s empathy and how she approaches and interacts with the supposed super villains of the comic.

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Give ‘Em Elle: Koi Boi and Trans Representation in ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’

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Koi Boi, a young Marvel superhero who’s been around for about a year, is transgender. Specifically, he’s trans-masculine. Most likely he’s a trans man, but since he hasn’t specified, I don’t want to push him into a binary that he may not identify with.

If you don’t know who Koi Boi is, you’ve been missing out on Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and that’s a shame because it’s a great book. Koi Boi is an Asian American college student named Ken Shiga, but that’s about all we know about his life. Except that he’s transgender, and apparently hasn’t had top surgery, because he wears a binder. But to know that, you have to really be paying attention, because nobody’s said it in the comic yet.

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It’s Double Trouble In ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe’ [Preview]

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has defeated every foe the Marvel Universe has to offer, but her new original graphic novel asks the question, could she beat herself? This year's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by the regular ongoing creative team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson pits Squirrel Girl v Squirrel Girl, and every other hero is just in the way.

Every hero is in danger of getting a squirrel-sized whooping later this year, and we've got a preview from Marvel offering an unlettered sneak peek at the upcoming OGN ahead of its release in October.

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Marvel NOW Line-Up Leaks Online Confirming New Series For ‘Solo’, ‘Foolkiller’, ‘Prowler’ And More

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Marvel’s reveal of its Marvel NOW line of comics set for release in the wake of Civil War II has taken the form of a steady drip of announcements over the past week and a half, but now news is flooding in, and not all from official sources. Leaked scans of this week's Marvel NOW Previews magazine revealing the publisher's line-up for October and beyond have hit the internet via sites such as Reddit and 4chan.

We’ve rounded up all the information we could find to give you a sense of the new landscape of the Marvel Universe this fall.

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Archie Comics Teams With Threadless For New Clothing Line

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Archie Comics/Threadless

In its latest step towards cultural domination, Archie Comics has teamed up with Chicago-based designer clothing website Threadless for a fashion line featuring and inspired by "America's New Teen-Age Boyfriend" and his pals.

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Archie Reveals All 25 Variant Covers For ‘Betty And Veronica’ #1

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It might seem hard to believe, but there was once a time when Archie Comics was the only publisher that didn't do variant covers. If memory serves --- and I might be wrong about this --- it took until 2010 for them to do their first one ever on Jughead #200. Now, though, with the high profile relaunches that we've seen over the past year, it looks like they're making up for lost time.

When Betty & Veronica #1 hits shelves on July 20, it's coming with twenty-five different covers, including covers from Colleen Coover, Bilquis Evely, Chip Zdarsky, Veronica Fish and many more. Check out the entire roster!

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