Super Late Bloomer

Super Late Bloomer

My Early Days in Transition : An up and Out Collection

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"A highly personal collection documenting the early months of artist Julia Kaye's gender transition. Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren't alone. Julia's poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning-- from struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy. Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 9781449489625
1449489621
Branch Call Number: 921 Kaye
Description: 158 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 17 x 21 cm

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PimaLib_JonM Jun 20, 2018

This collection of moments of a transwoman's early transition is a combination of little victories and minor emotional setbacks recorded by the artist/author as she decided to become herself. There is affirmation and doubt, joy and tears, and triumphs and struggles. But throughout, she manages to remain patient and positive as the hormones provide her with the second puberty alluded to in the title. Family, work, social life, and some initial (not positive) delving into dating is explored. Pronouns are a struggle for others, but she never wavers in her goal, struggling with issues of presentation and expectations of and for her self-image. The comic strip format works well to tell her story without being either overbearing nor preachy, simply human. Recommended.

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