Liz Prince



The above pages are Chapter 2 of my graphic memoir Tomboy, which will be released on September 2nd.  In addition to the preview zine (which was given out at comic conventions and book expos across the country this summer) I wanted to give folks who weren’t able to get one a sneak peek at the book.  This is a different chapter than was in the preview zine, so if you’ve got one of those as well, then you’ve been able to read TWO CHAPTERS of the book before anyone else!  Lucky ducks!

I hope you enjoy the pages, will share them with your friends and followers, and are looking forward to the day when you can get Tomboy at your favorite bookstore/comic shop!  (If you just can’t wait, you can preorder book directly from the publisher HERE).  I will be posting my book tour dates in support of Tomboy at the end of the week, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

In honor of International Women’s Day, here is a comic that ran in the last issue of Razorcake magazine, about getting over internalized misogyny and learning to love all the wonderful and talented women in your life.  If you liked this comic, consider subscribing to Razorcake, so you can see my new strips on a bi-monthly basis!

“I’ve always thought about gender, as someone who has been categorically ‘gender nonconforming’ for my entire life, I was forced to think about it, but obviously I became more conscious of it as a social issue as I’ve gotten older. And as I’ve met more folks who are genderqueer or trans, it’s been really enlightening to hear their stories, and it got me thinking about my own gender history.

"An unexpected side effect of writing Tomboy is that I have gotten a lot of letters and emails from parents of tomboys, who say that they read the book, and they feel like they understand their children so much better now. I got a really emotional letter from a woman who has a tomboy daughter, who she has in the past tried to force to conform more strictly to a gender norm, and my book made her feel really terrible for doing that, because she understands now that her daughter should be free to express herself the way that is comfortable to her.

"I was really unprepared for receiving feedback like that; letters about how my book has actually changed the way someone approaches their parenting. It’s very validating.”


Girlhood can be a hell of an optical illusion: when you’re living it, it’s just one day after the next. It’s only after you reach the other side that you’re able to look back and realize how the years between birth and young adulthood were often exercises in gender norms. Sometimes, these were as benign as being given a Barbie for your birthday when you want a Tonka Truck (or vice versa). Other times, these exercises in What Should Be Male and What Should Be Female—like being made to wear clothing that felt like a cage—seem violent in hindsight, and were frequently met with resistance that was dismissed by parents and guardians as a ‘temper tantrum.’

Today is the Tomboy gets released in bookstores across the U.S. (and some other countries as well)! I hope you are able to find the book out in the wild, and that you thoroughly enjoy it.

Liz Prince, tomboy, age 32


Recommended Reading: Tomboy, A Graphic Novel Memoir (2014)

If you need an argument about why the concept of rigid gender roles/stereotypes are in fact a real issue, look no further than Tomboy, A Graphic Memoir, written and drawn by autobiographical cartoonist Liz Prince. Her Tumblr is fuckyoulizprince: that’s the name of it. 

Since she was born, Liz has struggled with identity while discovering how difficult it is clash to with society’s perceptions when it comes to gender. An enlightening, personalized, and heartbreaking introspective about how if someone doesn’t fit into the pigeonholed norm will likely be treated/viewed, Tomboy should serve as a mandatory self-help book that ultimately gives the bird to societal gender roles. Tomboy thoroughly examines what comes with going against the status quo. The dictionary defines a tomboy as “a girl of boyish behavior” which is pretty subjective is it not? I’ve always thought it did anyways.

This prompts Liz to voice important concerns such as:

“Some people think that any girl who is athletic is a tomboy." 
"What about girls with short haircuts?" 
"Or girls who work in construction?" 
"Or any girl who prefers to wear jeans." 
"Obviously, this subject makes a lot of assumptions about gender, both male and female, and trying to define what makes a girl or makes a boy is what got me so confused in the first place!" 
"Being a tomboy went beyond clothing and extra-curricular activities. I felt like it really defined me. It was a lifestyle I took very seriously.”

Even as a guy, I still cannot properly define what makes me so since I don’t feel as if I’m the norm. What’s the rite of passage which turns a boy into a man exactly? I don’t know, frankly.

Prince’s Tomboy further cements my beliefs concerning gender in our society. In the memoir, Liz states she didn’t want to be a girl since they’re weaker (how she was viewed while being a part of a little league team: she was the only girl on it). Or how Disney portrayed a lot of their female protagonists. Or how media valued women…It made her ill, causing her to essentially, loathe girls to a degree. Which is what reinforced her desire and need to be a tomboy (can’t blame her). Considering sadly how women can be labeled lesbians for haircuts or not being in relationships while men can be labeled gay for being too close to their guy friends or partake in something traditionally judged as effeminate, I really cannot blame her. 

Sigh, there’s always something or someone there to remind you, you know what I mean?

If I had a daughter or son, I’d absolutely want she/he to read this!