Title: First Year Out: A Transition Story
Author: Sabrina Symington
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Genre: Non-fiction, LGBT, Graphic Novel
Age Range: Adult
Synopsis: This intimate and striking graphic novel follows Lily, as she transitions from male to female. Depicting her experiences from coming out right through to gender reassignment surgery, Lily’s story provides vital advice on the social, emotional and medical aspects of transitioning and will empower anyone questioning their gender.
I picked up this book on a whim from my library. It was sitting on the shelves of new non-fiction (which oddly enough is where they put all the adult graphic novels). I’m always curious about new graphic novels, plus it’s based in Canada.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from it. I didn’t read the synopsis before reading it, but I’m glad I picked it up. It was a very informative, introductive story about the main points of transitioning. The family and social struggle are depicted throughout the story. The only downside to this, I found, was that it wasn’t as in depth as I would have expected. I found some of the issues were skimmed over, but as in this format can be expected. If this was simply meant to be an introduction to the topic to someone who knows little about transgenders or an explorative format for those considering transition than this was the perfect amount of information. It was interesting to learn about a little more about the surgery and after care. This taking place in Canada, so it’s interesting to see it from that perspective (the transgender books I’ve read have all taken place in the USA). There were many emotional parts to the story, which made it that much more real (yes I know, non-fiction it’s real).
The art style was different from what I’ve read in the past. It was realistic to an extent. Well, you can see from the cover – same art style. It reminded me of some of the “older” comics like Baby Blues or For Better or For Worse.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the Canadian perspective. I also wanted to note the author (and illustrator) has a blog where she has her web comic (https://lifeofbria.com/about/).