This tiny graphic novel was easily the most influential book of 2018 for me. Archie (a nonbinary person like me) and Tristan (a cisgender man) break down gendered language in a funny, patient, and understandable manner. I immediately gifted my copy to the employee breakroom anonymously (hi, it was me, I'm allowed to out myself). Your mom needs this book. Your boss needs this book. You need this book. Recommended By Andy A., Powells.com
Everything you need to know about using gender neutral pronouns is right here in this witty and important book. Tristan (a cisgender man) shares information about the history of pronouns and how to advocate for nonbinary folks, while Archie (a nonbinary person) recounts some of their personal experiences and carries a discussion for nonbinary readers about family, friends, and acceptance. There are so many good things about this book, and it's totally shareable! Recommended By Brianna B., Powells.com
This little book is fun, easy, humorous, and really, it's so important. It's an engaging guide to using they/them pronouns, and it's priced so you can get multiple copies to give out (if you want). Recommended By Doug C., Powells.com
Welcome to the nonbinary world. New here? No worries — your funny, animated guides are Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson, and they will be introducing you to gender neutral pronouns, how to use them, and why they matter. Sit back, free your mind, and enjoy the tour. Recommended By Aubrey W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips and tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!
"There are a lot of ways to teach people how to be good allies to non-binary people and others who use they/them pronouns, but in my opinion, a comic book with two friends having a conversation about how, when and why to use them while also making jokes and funny faces is absolutely the best way." Autostraddle.com
"A funny and friendly guide to being respectful." Mara Wilson, actress and author of Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame
"A great, simple look at the importance of using correct pronouns; extremely accessible to those for whom gender-neutral language is a new concept." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Archie Bongiovanni is a queer cartoonist living in Minneapolis whose work has been published online, in anthologies, and in mini-comics, and whose first graphic novel, Out of Hollow Water, was published by 2D Cloud in 2013. They are the creator of The Grease Bats, a monthly webcomic for the queer feminist website Autostraddle, as well as a contributing cartoonist to Everyday Feminism.
Tristan Jimerson is a freelance copywriter living in Minneapolis. His award-winning work has been featured in publications such as Creativity magazine and The Egoist. He has written copy for everything from exercise equipment to electronics. In fact, if you've been inside Best Buy within the last 6 months you've probably read something he wrote. Tristan grew up on the rolling plains of rural Iowa, and after deciding that it wasn't cold enough, moved to Minnesota.
Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson on PowellsBooks.Blog
When Tristan and I created A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
, we wanted to include a chapter about work, specifically how to support nonbinary folks in your workplace and how to ensure that when future queer, trans, and nonbinary people start working for your employer, there are already systems in place to make them feel safe and supported...