Author Archives: Charlie McNabb

About Charlie McNabb

Archivist, Folklorist, and Legend Tripper

Zinester Spotlight: Tobi Hill-Meyer

Tobi Hill-Meyer is an activist, theorist, consultant, and all-around creative type. She is an indigenous Chicana trans woman who makes zines and films as well as produces academic writing. My community archives, McNabb Archives, just acquired several of her zines … Continue reading

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Extreme Meatpunks Forever

Flowers, Heather (Creator). Extreme Meatpunks Forever. Downloadable serial game. https://hthr.itch.io/extreme-meatpunks-forever “A serial visual novel/mech brawler about four gay disasters beating up neonazis in giant robots made of meat. Get ready for the worst road trip of all time.” From the … Continue reading

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The Art of Being Normal

Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2016. Kate Piper is a mostly-closeted trans girl who is bullied mercilessly by school peers for being a “freak.” Her parents and peers think … Continue reading

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Anna Anthropy

Videogame Developer: Anna Anthropy. Interactive Fiction Database. itch.io. Anna Anthropy, also known as Auntie Pixelante, is a prolific game designer who imparts a distinctly queer flavor to her mostly 8-bit creations. She is probably most famous for designing Dys4ia (2012), … Continue reading

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Stella Brings the Family

Schiffer, Miriam B. (Author) and Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator). Stella Brings the Family. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015. In this charming picture book, Stella’s teacher asks everyone to invite a special guest for a Mother’s Day party at school. Stella is … Continue reading

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Bleeding Thunder

Grace, Fēnix, and Silen Wellington (Co-Editors). Bleeding Thunder: A Zine Exploring Genderqueer Menstruation. February 2020. This compilation zine collects poetry, essays, and visual art by transgender/nonbinary creatives about menstruation experiences, biological essentialism, and gender dysphoria and euphoria.

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Pet

Emezi, Akwaeke. Pet. New York: Make Me a World, 2019. Jam and her best friend Redemption live in the idyllic town of Lucille, where monsters were banished by the angels many years ago. They live a wonderful life with their … Continue reading

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Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

Corinna, Heather (Writer), Isabella Rotman (Illustrator), and Luke B. Howard (Colorist). What, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up. Portland, OR: Limerence Press, 2019. In this succinct yet comprehensive nonfiction graphic novel, Scarleteen geniuses Heather Corinna … Continue reading

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Khan, Sabina. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali. New York: Scholastic Press, 2019. Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana is a budding mathematician and physicist preparing to go to Caltech on a full ride scholarship. She lives with her conservative Muslim parents and … Continue reading

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Lawlor, Andrea. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Rescue Press, 2017. Paul/Polly is a queer shapeshifter, morphing from riot grrl punk to beach boy as he desires. In a university town in the 1990s, 22-year-old Paul/Polly tends bar at … Continue reading

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