Tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con, Lion Forge is sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusivity panel, but they aren’t waiting until tomorrow to announce that they’ll be publishing cartoonist Maia Kobabe‘s Gender Queer: A Memoir next spring. What’s that all about, you ask? A press release is happy to answer the question:
Maia Kobabe (who uses the pronouns e/em/eir) started Gender Queer Comics as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual. What e has created, however, is much more than just a personal story (though it is that), but a useful and touching guide to advocates, friends, and humans everywhere on genderqueer identity—what it means and how to think about it.
From the PR, Kobabe said of the book:
I built the outline of this book by paging through fourteen years of high school and college journals and pulling out everything I felt like I could never say. I spent years confused by gender, feeling trapped between two poles, always longing for a third option. When I finally came out as nonbinary to my family their response was “we love you, we support you, but we don’t really understand what you are talking about”. In many ways this book is an extended letter to them about how my experience of gender has always been nonbinary, long before I had words to explain it. I hope other nonbinary people read it and see a reflection of their own experiences. Almost more so, I hope that the communities around nonbinary people- co-workers, teachers, families, friends- read this book and are able to understand their loved ones better.
And Lion Forge editor Andrea Colvin said:
Maia’s touching and unflinching memoir is required reading for everyone who has ever discovered they are not quite the person everyone around them thinks they are, and for those of us who want to understand that experience. Maia spares no detail in this deeply affecting account of eir search for eir true gender expression, even when that expression turns out to be something e had not realized was possible.
Another phase in Lion Forge’s mission to produce “comics for everyone,” Gender Queer: A Memoir will hit stores in May 2019.