Super Late Bloomer

Super Late Bloomer

My Early Days in Transition : An up and Out Collection

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, [2018]
ISBN: 9781449496548
Characteristics: 1 online resource (158 pages) : illustrations


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Mar 22, 2019

Incredibly dull.

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.

LPL_CentennialC May 26, 2018

This collection of auto-biographical comics covers the author's transition over the course of a year. Super Late Bloomer is intensely personal, and feels like reading a diary. It feels strange to give this book a qualifier, like saying it was a wonderful read, because how could I put a qualifier on material that's so personal? But I definitely recommend reading this collection. All of the comics are heartfelt; they're full of emotions big and small, from joyous moments of feeling understood to deep worries and gender dysphoria.

From Autostraddle writer Mey's review of the book, "I want millions of teens to read this book. I want all of them to see that humans deserve love and happiness and the freedom and support to be who they are. I want all of them to know that about themselves, and for the trans ones to know that they deserve the happiness of transitioning... This book is honestly the pinnacle of its art form. It’s a guidebook that will last the years and be an important resource for queer libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, school LGBTQ clubs and bedrooms of trans kids deciding to come out for a long, long time."

(I read this book on our digital lending platform, Hoopla, and you can also find more comics from Julia on Twitter, @upandoutcomic.)

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