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An interview with Julia Kaye

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Julia Kaye is a transgender cartoonist who recently published her first book Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition (Kaye 2018) with comics publisher Andrews McMeel. The book is a bound collection of select strips from her acclaimed web comic Up and Out. Though her web comic began as a run-of-the-mill gag strip, Up and Out transformed alongside Kaye herself into an autobiographical comic documenting her personal life as a transgender woman. Super Late Bloomer is comprised from a selection of these daily, autobiographical strips that document Kaye’s first months in hormone transition. The book was published in May 2019 and was acclaimed by reviewers. It presents a new format for the currently in vogue graphic memoir movement, a comics diary, an autobiographical collection comprised of quotidian, piecemeal installments from the artist’s daily experience. Kaye currently lives in Los Angeles where she works for Disney on the television show Big City Greens (2018–9) and continues to update her web comic Up and Out.
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Keywords: Internet culture; gender; language; queer; transgender; webcomics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Northeastern University

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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  • Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium's formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and in this spirit this journal welcomes all approaches. This journal is international in scope and provides an inclusive space in which researchers from all backgrounds can present new thinking on comics to a global audience. The journal will promote the close analysis of the comics page/text using a variety of methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to articulate a "theory of comics". The journal also includes reviews of new comics, criticism, and exhibitions, and a dedicated online space for cutting-edge and emergent creative work.

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