ESPYs 2015: It’s the Caitlyn Jenner Show, Says Host Joel McHale

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Gross Brody Jenner says he could learn a thing or two about SEX from his younger sisters Kendall and Kylie.

One late afternoon at Comic-Con, as fans gathered for glimpses of Teen Wolves and Sailor Moons and began unfurling their sleeping bags in line for Star Wars, seven comics creators gathered in a corner of the San Diego Convention Center to discuss one of the more complex niches growing in geek culture: Transgender comics. “We are magical creatures,” said Calogrenant creator Gillian Cameron, sending a ripple of laughter through the room. “We scare the hell out of people because we play havoc with their sense of reality.” With shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent blowing up the small screen and high profile trans celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner putting the trans movement front and center on magazine covers and talk shows, the A-list trans figures tend to dominate the mainstream pop culture conversation. The 31-year-old elder brother to Kendall and Kylie Jenner made the entire universe squirm when he started talking about his sisters being able to teach HIM things in the bedroom. ‘Do you seriously think they don’t know what’s up?

And even if Marvel, DC, Image, and the big publishers aren’t yet rolling with the times as much as the small independent comics press, there’s movement to cultivate a community of comic creators who will tell stories for trans persons, by trans persons. “It was time for a trans-specific panel,” Prism Comics’ Tara Madison Avery told me of the “Writing Transgender Characters” panel she moderated this year, after bringing the first-ever trans panel to Comic-Con in 2014. “There are trans figures in comics history such as [trans DC and Marvel Comics artist] Jeffrey Catherine Jones that have been part of comic book reading habits for decades. We’re finally at the tipping point where we can do this sort of thing and expect a good audience.” Most of this year’s panelists were trans artists who write stories with trans characters, like Cameron, whose Calogrenant comic puts a gender spin on the medieval Arthurian character who in French tale Claris et Laris, was magically transformed—temporarily—into a woman.

Are you kidding me?’ Perhaps he was just trying to say some pretty inappropriate things to get his new E! reality show – a four-part series called Sex With Brody which will see him quizzed by relationship therapist Dr Mike Dow and actress Stevie Ryan on everything from making sex tapes to sleeping with exes – some coverage. ‘I’d be supportive if that’s what they wanted to do,’ he told the Mirror. ‘I’d congratulate them – especially if they did what I did and put an entire project together from beginning to end.’ ‘I literally filmed it when I was like 17-years-old,’ he added. ‘I was a child and I got rid of it afterwards. In Cameron’s comic book version, the character’s transformation is permanent, and “Callie” resumes life in King Arthur’s court as a trans female knight. “Yes, I do have an agenda,” said Cameron. “And I do have a trans agenda. And that certainly comes with a degree of privilege.” “The stories that aren’t being told are stories like mine, where I transitioned very young,” said Blaque. “There are a whole list of hurdles that we had to go through that were really scary because we couldn’t recede back into presenting and being read as a male.

It’s not always a sad story, or one where the character dies.” How can comic creators and screenwriters at the studio level all the way down to the independent scribes avoid pinning all the trans clichés on token trans characters? Ronnie Ritchie, who writes the autobiographical comic GCutie, had a simple solution: Write more than one trans character. “What happens when you play into the trope of an isolated trans character is they have the weight of the entire community on their shoulders,” Ritchie said. “And they might not even know in theory what they’re holding inside of them in terms of transphobia or transmisogyny until they meet more of the community and are called out on it, and learn. I want F-16s flying over the sky blue, pink, and white flags having trans characters overcoming every obstacle, no matter how ridiculous it might be.” Even if Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t speak for the trans community at large, “we have certain media figures now that have broken the topic,” said Avery. “Everybody’s mother knows a famous transgender celebrity now. I came out to my parents as trans years ago, but my parents and I never had any sort of conversation about it until Caitlyn Jenner came out on television.

Then, all of a sudden, my mother had all sorts of questions.” “So I guess the upshot is it gets people talking,” Avery continued. “If it brings people together, great.

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