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OutSources: Kim & Kim: A (Trans) Life in Comics

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Join Outsources host Angela Palermo for a conversation with trans woman comics writer Magdalene Visaggio.  Magdalene is the creator of the Kim & Kim comics series.  The two Kim’s, trans woman Kim Quatro and her cisgender best friend Kim Dantzler, are planet-hopping, interdimensional queer bounty hunters who carry out their assignments with a punk rock, riot grrl vibe.  These two bad ass chicks don’t care who you are and aren’t afraid to do battle with robot gorillas, among a host of villains sent their way.  Both critics and readers have hailed Kim & Kim as a breakthrough comic.  Bleeding Cool named Kim & Kim as one of Six Books that Made Comics Fun in 2016.  Daryl Sztuka writing for The Mary Sue takes it a step further and calls Kim & Kim the “funnest book of the summer,” bar none.

During our conversation, we discuss the origins of Kim & Kim, why she made one of the Kim’s a young trans woman, the state of trans female representation in comics, transphobia and trans exploitation, and trans women creators/artists in the world of mainstream comics and her future projects.

To support Magdalene’s comics, please visit her Patreon page:

To read her article in Paste:

To see Mags’s curated list of her favorite Kim & Kim music: