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Unpacking the Transphobia in ‘Airboy’ #2

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Airboy is a four-issue miniseries written by James Robinson and illustrated by Greg Hinkle, and published by Image Comics. Its premise is that Robinson and Hinkle, portrayed as fictionalized versions of themselves, are tapped to revamp an obscure Golden Age character. Robinson suffers writer's block, which hanging out with Hinkle doesn't help; the two of them wind up injecting, inhaling and eating the equivalent of a small pharmacy and go on a bender. When they awaken, they find that the creation they were tasked to revamp, Airboy, has sprung to four-color life, and he sees much wrong with the world – possibly rightly, possibly wrongly.

So far, so good. It's metafiction, but speaking as someone whose shelves groan under the weight of Grant Morrison and Terry Pratchett, there's nothing wrong with a good metafiction that blurs the line between creation and creator. But there's a dark side to blurring that line, and that dark side is that it makes it difficult to tell where the fictional character ends and the real person's opinions begin – and that's lent an odious air when the opinions ventured in the narrative are wrongheaded and harmful.

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Jason McNamara And Greg Hinkle Kickstart ‘The Rattler’ And It Looks Terrifying

The Rattler by Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle

One of the really cool things about Kickstarter and what it's done for comics is that you can have the experience of heading to a con and walking down Artist's Alley to see what's new and interesting without ever leaving your house. It's a cool feeling, especially when you find something that seems immediately thrilling, like I did when I caught a glimpse of Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle's The Rattler, a new 96-page graphic novel that just met its funding goal.

It was the premise that got me: A man watches his fiance as she's abducted without a trace right in front of him, and then starts hearing her voice ten years later. It's the kind of immediately chilling idea that I want to learn more about as soon as I hear it, and fortunately, that's now an option. Check out the video below!

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