The ComicsAlliance Guide to Great Comics for Trans and NB Youth
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!
This gorgeously illustrated years-in-the-making webcomic features a large cast, including more than one transgender character, as part of an extended narrative about what motivates evil, all set on Planet JRPG. It threads possibly the trickiest needle of all; how to have a transgender villain that is still a worthwhile example of representation. Read it for free here.
This Marvel comic is a must-read on general principle, because of its focus on thoughtful and empathic problem-solving, but the recent reveal that Squirrel Girl's crime-fighting ally Koi Boy is a transgender man — handled with a light, graceful touch — propels it onto this list.
This sweetheart of a story takes place at an all-boy's drama school — but it's not all cis boys, and definitely not all straight ones. One of the most queer-friendly comics written today, and absolutely suitable for any kid.
Focusing on the life and times of hologram-empowered girl bands in a world where music is a vibrant, visual force, this series fleshes out the Misfits beyond Saturday morning cartoon villainy, and introduces a new Misfit, a transgender woman named Blaze.
This series is one of the best transgender comics published in the East or the West, deserving every accolade it's gotten. This series tracks the lives of two transgender characters as they come to terms with their identities while staring down the thickly-drawn gender roles that come with growing up.
An autobiographical webcomic from New Zealand about a transgender man going through transition and relating the story of his life to his comics audience. This comic touches on everything from queerness in general to queerness as felt by trans men specifically, to politics and exercise and food. Read it here.
Eth’s Skin follows a nonbinary person named Eth who has accidentally stolen a selkie’s skin and must remove the curse compelling them to keep it. Set in a world where colonialism never happened, and where the courtesy of asking for pronouns is common, this lushly conceived and illustrated black-and-white comic is a must-read. Read it here.
This webcomic combination of gag strip and slice of life follows a group of young trans people as they deal with somewhat clueless cis allies and the ups and downs of trans life, all while trying to stay positive and keep a sense of humor about it. Read it here.
Between the pills, the surgery, and changing your name to be who you really are, there is a lot of the superhero in transgender identity. This superhero webcomic, written by Riesbeck and drawn by Mitchell, follows a young transgender woman who gains superpowers and fights to save lives — a classic story made vital again by simply changing who the viewpoint character is. Read it here.
The underrated, under-promoted series features a rules-bound stiff-necked Asgardian raising Hel with her transgender woman of color girlfriend, who happens to be a sorceress-angel. Perfect for fans of the Marvel movies and the Marvel universe. The Guardians of the Galaxy show up! They have a raccoon!
This story conceives of an ultraviolent, ultracolorful world of queer bounty hunters in space, the people they’re after, the people who’re after them, and everything left in smoking ruin by the time the punches and blaster bolts start flying. A highly visual and poppy treat and one of the year’s best surprises. Just mind the cussing and the blood — this is definitely for older kids.