Transvengers: Youth Review & Interview

The Transvengers webcomic was created by a group of young trans people aged 13-19 from Gendered Intelligence and is featured in our Institute of Sexology exhibition. Find out more about the project on our website. This review and interview with one of the young people involved has been re-posted from the LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review.

Article originally posted on the LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review


The four sexologists featured in Transvengers.

The four sexologists featured in Transvengers.

Review: The Transvengers | by Harri

The Transvengers comic is an online comic created by a group of 13-19 year olds from Gendered Intelligence, it’s also on display at the Institute of Sexology exhibition. It’s an incredibly powerful piece of work, but also demonstrates a sharp sense of humour from its creators – we’d certainly recommend a read.  This week, LGBTQ Arts’ Harri wrote up some thoughts having read the comic, and also interviewed Shaun, one of the creators.

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The Transvengers webcomic

The Transvengers webcomic was created by a group of young trans people aged 13-19 from Gendered Intelligence and is featured in the Institute of Sexology exhibition. Find out more about the project on our website.

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The Transvengers: Origins

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group. In this post he talks about the process.

In the beginning we drew a lot. We drew self portraits, played drawing games, drew in pairs and we made collaborative drawings on long rolls of paper. We shared jokes, stories, ideas or silence while we drew. These drawings were part of the process of finding out what our comic was about, the characters that would be in it, their backstories and the locations in which events would take place.

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The Transvengers: Sexologists

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group, starting with how the group went about researching some of the sexologists featured in the exhibition.

When we began this project, none of us knew very much about sexology, so that was a very good place to start. We found out who the main sexologists who will feature in the exhibition were and did some research. It seems to have been a common pattern for sexologists to have begun their careers as scientists.

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The Transvengers: Paradigm of Heteronormativity

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group. In this post, he describes the process of developing the theory which underlies the comic, and society, today. 

I missed the train to London one morning and so bought myself a large coffee. I was doodling on an envelope, thinking about the project and about “normality” in terms of gender and sexuality, how it’s constructed to keep us all on the straight and narrow and what happens to people who don’t fit the pattern.

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