Queer Comics Review: Emma Jayne’s Trans Girls Hit the Town

Trans Girls Hit the Town is a potent and amusing comic about an evening between a transitioned transgender woman, Winnie, and a more recently transitioned woman, Chloe. The sensitive portrayal of how the introspective Chloe navigates her evening is thoughtful. The story shows her anxiety, in a distinct character-driven manner, with frustration regarding how she deals with being in public spaces: a train, a restaurant, a bar, the street. She never knows if the next person she meets will be polite, or think she is an abomination. She encounters about equal parts of both.


Personal anecdote time. The narrative reminds me of a similar experience I had the night Sasha Velour won Drag Race. I attended a gay bar, saw her win, and then needed to go to a straight social space for a birthday party. I was bedecked in a glittery necklace, about a dozen rainbow bracelets, and a black shirt with “Sashay Away” in pink glitter on it. I was high on Sasha’s triumph, I didn’t even think about what I was doing, and where I was going. Feeling completely out of place like a big gay thumb, I was surprised to find the one out queer-identified person in the party approach me to say he liked my look. Trans Girls Hit the Town is a smart risograph comic that will resonate with every queer individual who has entered a heterocentric bar, and is relieved to be joined by someone with a shared experience.


There is a moment where our two protagonists enter a similar large space, as one says, where “there is no place to hide.” In this work, Emma Jayne finds a place of comfort for her main character in a one-person bathroom. But, the evening starts with her on public transit feeling aware of her gender dysphora, and being stared down by a stranger. Or, perhaps that’s just her perception of the circumstance. She does not feel comfortable in herself, much less cute. The discomfort is present from the start, but intensifies when the two go to this bar together. The perspective is from Chloe the whole time, wearing a crystal necklace around her neck and a modest dress, she wants so badly to pass. She is impressed by Winnie’s confidence. All she wants is to derive a little part of that. The fear of being identified as trans, or “clocked,” is prevalent throughout. It’s a sincere recounting of a young woman feeling herself through an uncomfortable social situation, though she wants so badly to succeed. We are put firmly in her shoes.


Upsettingly, she takes her frustration on Winnie. Just trying to take her friend for a safe night out, she awakes unexpected anger from Chloe, which is recovered. This comic is relatable for anyone experiencing social anxiety. More specifically, it speaks to suffering the gender dysphora that is experienced through being newly transitioned.


All that having been said there are humorous highlights. There is an ongoing thread connecting their conversations to the X-Men. Winnie compares strength to that of Wolverine’s, and the ladies play the arcade game “Z-Peeps,” having a dispute over who gets to pay Dazzler. The best gag happens when they leave the restaurant where they start their night. As they prepare to pay the bill, the man at the register says, “Anything else I get for you tonight, gentlemen?” with a look of scorn. The total comes to $22.05. They leave a tip of -$22.05, and sign the bill “fuck you <3.” It’s also refreshing to have to look up terms I am unfamiliar with. I can say this is likely to be the only comic to motivate you to look up “muffing” and “Rose of Versailles mace.” I’ll leave it to you to look them up, but I love that they name the mascot of trans sex “Mark Muffalo.”


Please buy Emma Jayne’s comic in hard copy here. You can also find it in a name-your-own-price digital edition here.

The Geeks OUT Podcast: D23 – The Mighty Disney

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s super-sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Anthony Hargraves, as they discuss some of their favorite moments from Flame Con, review the announcements from D23 Expo (Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, etc…) & celebrate Disney Channel’s new Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight series coming to Disney+
ANTHONY: New trailer for The Politician

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Batman: Hush, Super Mario U. Deluxe
JON: Shantae and the Seven Sirens is Coming! Guilty Mobile Phone Games

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Disney Channel orders a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur animated series

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Marvel makes Mystique and Destiny official

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Lady & the Tramp live-action remake

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for Underwater
• New trailer for Antlers
• Matrix 4 in the works with Lana Wachowski and more returning
• Sony & Disney in conflict over Spider-Man’s future
• Black Panther 2 gets a 2022 release date
• More cast revealed for The Eternals
• First look at Cruella
• New poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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TV

• New cast details for Falcon & the Winter Soldier
• New trailer for The Mandelorian
Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+
• Netflix orders Masters of the Universe animated series
• Starz orders wrestling series Heels starring Stephen Amell

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VIDEO GAMES

SonicFox does live Twitch stream to raise money for Trevor Project
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games to have classic mode

Geeks OUT Board Interview #1 – Steve Gianaca

We here at Geeks OUT want you, the reader, to know more about who we are. To help with that, we’ve started interviewing members of our board so you know what makes us tick. Here’s our first interview!


Who are you and what do you do for Geeks OUT?
I’m Steve Gianaca. I’m the Vice President of Geeks OUT and current chair of Flame Con.
How did you first get involved?
I found Geeks OUT while visiting PAX East in Boston almost 6 years ago. I found out they were local to NYC and emailed to get involved. I had a “small world” moment when my coworker emailed me at home shortly afterward. I thought there was a work emergency, but it turned out my coworker of two years in NYC was actually the founder of the non-profit I found in Boston, Geeks OUT. I’ve been involved ever since.
What makes you geek out?
So much! I love comics, fantasy and sci-fi of course, but my biggest nerd-hobby is gaming. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, Pikmin, Mortal Kombat, Katamari… the list goes on and on and on.
What fictional character had the most inspirational story arc to you and why?
Tohru Honda from Fruits Baskets comes to mind. In a world where others may intimidate you, the strength to compete can be found in kindness, compassion and growth.
What book/tv show/comic/etc are you enjoying now?
I’m currently diving down the rabbit hole and playing the original Dragon Quest games before 11 comes out on Switch.
What are your favorite geeky past times?
My yearly sojourn to PAX East is one of my favorite palette-cleansers from the stresses of life.
What’s Something underrated you think could use a shout out?
Local gamer meetups! I personally love the low-key atmosphere at Rockbar in NYC every Saturday from 3-9.
Who do you ship?
Axel and Roxas from Kingdom Hearts. Or Luxord and anyone Luxord is currently talking to, from Kingdom Hearts. He’s too swarthy for his own good.
What fictional setting would you most want to live in?
Send me to the Pokemon world please!
Who would your bff be?
In the pokemon world? I’d love a clique with Cynthia and Wallace.
What was your introduction to geekdom?
When I was in preschool, my older brother would sometimes setup my dad’s ancient and barely-working Intellivision. It was my first exposure to video games, quickly followed by the NES and Gameboy.


We hope you dug this interview and hope to see a bunch of you at Flame Con this weekend!

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Thots on the 90’s

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s super sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin and Lynaé DePriest preview some of the things they’re looking forward to seeing at Flame Con this year, discuss their 90’s nostalgia with the new trailer for The Addams Family, and celebrate the trans storyline in Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling in This Week in Queer.

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FLAME CON BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Panel: We’re Here, But Not Just Queer   Performance: Spellbound Strings, Panfandom (Queer &)   Workshop: Cosplay for Beginners Demo: Xbox Adaptive Controller   Special Guest: Tana Ford, DJ Kirkland Vendor: Astonishing Queer Tales, Jennie Wood, Doable Guys
LYNAÉ: Panel: Leveraging Labels   Performance: Bonfire, Cosplay Contest     Workshop: Take Pride: Create Your Own Flag  Demo: Intro to Smash Bros. Special Guest: Food 4 Thot  Vendor: Night Owl Designs

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Detective Pikachu, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Young Justice, Super Mario U Deluxe
LYNAÉ: Rocko’s Modern Life, American Ninja Warrior

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

ABC announces The Little Mermaid Live

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling has a transgender storyline

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for The Addams Family animated movie

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Andy Serkis to direct Venom 2
• Disney+ to “reimagine” Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and more
• New trailer for Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
• First look at live-action Lady and the Tramp cast
• Universal cancels the release of The Hunt

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TV

• Game of Thrones creators sign Netflix deal
Disney+ announces bundle with Hulu & ESPN+
• New trailer for Carnival Row
• Amazon developing series based on Event Horizon
• New teaser for season 2 of Titans
• New trailer for Katy Keene
Crisis on Infinite Earths adds more characters

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COMIC BOOKS

Superman reminds fans of his stance on immigration and refugees

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Foxy Love
• LYNAÉ: Foxy Brown

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Aquaman Queers Up Atlantis

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Jon Herzog, as they discuss Aquaman (formerly Aqualad) finding queer love in the ocean deep on Young Justice: Outsiders, check out the teaser trailer for the Are You Afraid of the Dark revival, and celebrate Gal Gadot playing Hedy Lamarr as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Stephen King writing a new ending for The Stand limited series
JON: Teaser trailer out for Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival on Nickelodeon

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Agents of SHIELD, She-Ra & the Princesses of Power, Twelve Forever, Powers of X
JON: The Boys (show and comic!), Good Omens, Loki, Lois Lane

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Gal Gadot to star in new Hedy Lamarr limited series

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Young Justice: Outsiders confirms Aquaman’s queer identity

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Little Monsters

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for The Hunt
• Sif wants to be Valkyrie’s queen in Thor: Love & Thunder
• New Gods movie to feature Darkseid and his Furies

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TV

• CBS All Access orders adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth
• New season of Runaways to feature crossover with Cloak & Dagger
• HBO Max orders Circe series based on the fantasy novel
• Sam Witwer joins Riverdale
• New teaser for The Walking Dead spinoff
• New trailer for season 2 of Mindhunter
• Cast announced for Joss Whedon’s The Nevers
• New teaser for AHS: 1984

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COMIC BOOKS

• Tyra Banks turning Modelland into graphic novel

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Adora/She-Ra
• JON: Annie/Starlight from The Boys