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Started in 2010 and finished in 2014, What's Normal Anyway? is the fictionalized everyday life of a young transgender man going through his transition. It can be read here.

The series stars a college student living in Florida named "Mel". Mel lives with his pet cat and his roommate Leena.


What's Normal Anyway? contains examples of:

  • Black Best Friend: Leena. While she has a brief storyline of her own when she meets a girl and goes off to France, she mainly exists to be Mel's best friend and voice of reason.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mel is definitely not normal, but aside from being trans, he's also just kind of strange and in his own head a lot.
  • Crossdresser: Not normally, but one comic has Mel dressing up in lipstick and an old dress of his because he wanted to get "get his money's worth" out of the dress.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Beef. His given name is never revealed.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Mel and his friend Diego (who is also trans) get thrown out of a store by a homophobic owner who thinks they're a couple.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: Mel's voice starts randomly cracking once he goes on hormones.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Mel is effeminate, partially due to his upbringing as female. Quite a sum of the comic deals with his issues concerning manhood and his lack of masculinity.
  • Gag Haircut: In the prequel comic Mel gives himself a haircut in high school. It doesn't go well.
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  • Keet: Mel is very loud, energetic, and immature.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Mel is a sweet guy with a cat named Dr. Skateboard.
  • Lovable Jock: Beef. He is very much a stereotypical straight bro in mannerisms and interests, but he is a nice guy and is supportive of Mel.
  • Manchild: Mel tends to be one, which Leena occasionally points out.
  • Slice of Life: The comic tells the life of a trans man as he goes through his transition.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: Melissa -> Mel.
  • Transgender: The comic stars a trans guy. His eventual boyfriend is also trans, and Mel is friends with a trans man named Diego.
  • With Friends Like These...: The prequel focuses on Mel's friendship, and falling out, with his friend Carry after she has difficulty with Mel becoming more outwardly masculine.
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