Taking The "Tranny" Out Of Airboy In The Collection

When Airboy #2 was published, it caused a social media storm. The comic showed the creators, or rather depraved versions of themselved, tripping with a fictitious comic book character and engaging in a variety of sexually debauched fashions.

Including a trip to a bar frequented by drag performers. The comic was criticised for using them as cynical plot devices to be used, to have sex with, to be outraged by, without having any particular motivation of their own. And some unfortunate choices of language, especially James Robinson's use of the word "tranny" more in the UK for "transvestite" than the US use of the term for "transexual".

Well, with the hardcover out last week – the motivations may remain unchanged but some of the language has been modified.Screen-Shot-2015-07-03-at-1.17.18-AM

Dropping the "not girls"…a1

A small but important change there.
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A complete rewriting of the language in the second and a tweak to the third panel.a4

Labels, confusion and dismissal… a4

"Blown by a tranny" removed…

a3And replaced with "blown in a stall"

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And plenty of rewriting of this panel. Will that change things? It remains a remarkably clever comic book for all that…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.