Grease Bats: Visual Shorthand

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I'm a cartoonist living in Minneapolis. Co-Author and artist of A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns. Author of Grease Bats, coming out Fall 2019 with Boom! Studios! If I'm not working I'm socializing. If I'm not out with friends I'm drawing. If I'm not doing any of those things I'm probably depressed. Support me using Patreon.

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  1. desire for queer people to flag me as butch VERSUS desire to confuse straight people’s stereotypes: FIGHT

  2. I spend a lot of time thinking about the various binaries and spectrums we use to map queer identity (as you do) and this panel spoke to me on every level.

    PS Might have to save that FISTING panel to use as a reaction image. Nbd.

  3. Love the use of color in this.
    It’s almost like you drew little cherubs fist pumping with their harp free tiny hands around that one panel.

  4. As a butch NB trans woman, the whole “trans women are femme by default” thing makes me really upset every time I encounter it – I actually had to stop watching Pose, despite really liking everything else about it, because I suddenly started feeling guilty about not being a femme, like all the trans women in the show.

    Then there’s also the other thing that it’s really hard to be butch as a trans woman, since striking that balance where you don’t get misgendered all the the time, but still come across as a butch is absurdly difficult.

  5. I have never been more Scout then I am in this comic. I too am honored when read as ~sports dyke~ and largely just confused.

  6. Real question: why are people so upset now if someone assumes their gender/sexual micro-identities slightly wrong?

    All of us deserve to be seen as human beings, who deserve basic human respect. That’s all I ask now, (and sometimes even that doesn’t happen.) We’re all so different, I’d rather have someone take the time to get to know me and my full personality, than slap a hyperspecific label on me on sight and assume they know all about me.

    It’s SO much emotional energy spent, when you let your happiness (or worse, your whole identity) be contingent on how OTHER people see you. You give away your power. But if you just be yourself with confidence, and show interest in other people, you’ll be surprised how many people will accept you immediately. If the “be yourself” part is complicated then just show interest in other people and try as many new things as you can, the rest will work itself out naturally.

    Not hating on anyone–I promise–I’m genuinely curious because this seems more and more common. (I know people who are trans have a different fight to fight, and how they’re seen can affect the services they can receive.) It just seems like it must be draining, I’ve been there before and it was an exhausting and confusing way to live. So I’d love to hear anyone’s comments or experiences with this

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