Roostertails is a weekly comic and pet project, exploring the life of a simple transguy transitioning in Auckland, New Zealand.

Once I figure out exactly what this comic is I’ll be able to actually write this section properly. But since it’s been over a year since I’ve started it, I’m not sure that I will ever know what it really is…. other than procrastination, and a conduit for feeling good about transstuff.

For now, key words:

Roosters (not chickens, although I like chickens too)

Trans (as related to gender, and formation – but not so much istor radios)

Puns (because I like them… hence the title, do you get it? huh? huh? it’s freakin hilarious)

Hair (It’ll become apparent soon enough, I really like hair, it’s one of my favourite things to draw)

Friendship and Love (cos my boyfriend just told me to write it. No, but, seriously. He just rolled his eyes)

Faggotry (aka all things queer)

Nerds (because I am one)

New Zealand (cos I live here)

Stephen Fry (not really, but I do love him)

Ok, that’s enough for now – Roostertails updates Sundays…usually.

41 responses to “About

  1. Hi Sam,

    I’ve read through all the comics you’ve posted on this blog and I love them! Thanks for sharing yourself with the world. I especially liked the “magically gendered” one, it made me laugh a lot.

    (In case you’re curious, I got here because Erika Moen linked you and I read her stuff.)

  2. Hello from a fellow trans person who is no longer in NZ, but was for a while. (Wellington.)

    I hope to keep checking back here; your comic is light, a nice breath of fresh air. I’m enjoying it!

  3. Ach, I’m returned to the States now, a hemisphere away. Parents are still in Welly though!

    *goes back to reading*

  4. Hi Sam.
    I’m a transguy from Nelson(one of two) XD And I have to say all your comics really make me smile. There have been several that I really related to. And I’m looking forward to more comics!


  5. Hey Sam,

    It’s great to read your comics again, post-thatothermagazine – you’re pretty much awesome. Internet high five!


  6. Hi there,

    I was wondering if I could pay you to do a commission. I’d give you a photo of my boyfriend and I, and you would do a comic-book version of us. A single image, for a price you set. Would you be interested?

    – Julien

  7. s.orchard gave me an error – after googling I tried shane.orchard… is this correct? Mine is julien$WEE$jmcardle.com, where the “$WEE$” is actually an “@” symbol.

  8. Hey Sam,

    your comics are the bomb! they are funny-sweet-serious and i feel better after reading them.
    You’re a hero.


  9. I thought I’d let you know my boyfriend’s reaction after I gave him the comic you drew as a birthday gift:


    there are no words to how epic this is πŸ˜€


    And I love the Rooster man!


    Thank you for what you did!

    – Julien

  10. Hello my dear,
    Found your comicblog, it is awesome, high five. You and Joe have the cutest photos:). But you’re in Colorado?? Hope you are coming back this way some time. Anyway, drop me a line with your current email sometime.

  11. Hi, I just wanted to say as a fellow transman and artist, I absolutely love your work. Very relatable, and what isn’t making me roll on the floor laughing is making me choke back tears from remembering the same experiences.
    I really just wanted to say keep up the good work, you seem like a fantastic human being.
    PS, just my own little plug, but if you ever feel like checking out my video blog, I’m a Canadian Transman and it covers from 6 months pre-t until now (6 months post T and also documenting my topsurgery). I try to keep a comedic spin on things, so often times the vlogs will just be me ranting, but none-the-less I enjoy making them, and I hear people even like to watch. πŸ˜›
    Anyways, once again, thank you for the fantastic comics and contribution to the internets. I’ll be frequenting your site!
    PPS Oh, I’m gay/pan too, and also live with my partner, so your work is even MORE relatable.

    • Hey thanks Mark! It’s so awesome to feel like I’m not the only one going through this sort of stuff, I am so glad I started the blog, it’s such an awesome way to share stories and connect up with people – being down at the bottom of the world can feel pretty isolating at times. I’ll be sure to tune into your vlog too, cheers for the link! I quite often watch guys videos as I’m drawing and colouring, so it’s cool to add to the list. πŸ˜€

  12. Hey there.
    I just read all of your comics and I must say, they are awesome. You two are adorable (can I even say that without ever having met you?).
    I also really love the phrase ‘gentleman lover’. I’m going to tell all of my future partners to call me that.
    Thanks for making this comic. It’s nice to know that there are transguys out there doing cool stuff, even though we don’t live in the same country (I’m up in Canada) or anything.
    I hope you and Joe are doing well.
    or possibly Oliver. Haven’t decided yet.

  13. Ahh, I can’t believe I only just found this! I was on ‘genderqueer’ at Tumblr and clicked through to find this blog, and that it’s written by a fellow NZer – yay! This is great!
    I feel like I never see anyone in NZ’s queer community really putting themselves out there (probably because NZ itself is so small), especially from the trans community, and especially online, which is why I was so glad to find your blog. And you love Erika Moen! And Stephen Fry! Ahhh! You are wonderful!
    Anyway, I’m a student up in Wellington, at Vic, and quite heavily involved in the Women’s Group here and such, and also an ally for all things queer. ❀ Just wanted to say hi, and I look forward to more of your posts!

  14. Hi Sasm!

    I came across your site via a truly awesome illustration you did for a friend, and I came across a video project this morning that I thought you might like to participate in and spread around to the people you know – it was started by Dan Savage and he created a YouTube channel called It Gets Better – it’s an opportunity for LGBT people (and the people who love them) to make videos aimed at bullied LGBT youth to get the message out to hang in there, and that life will indeed get better. Here’s the link – http://www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject

    Love your blog!!

  15. Hi Sam,

    I followed a link here from Genderfork and just stayed up well past my bedtime reading through your entire archive! Awesome stuff. πŸ˜€

    Intending to point a few people your way…

  16. Hey Sam,

    Your comic has made me walk around feeling happy for days! It’s really super funny, and it’s also been good to see some of the tricky stuff about life, esp trans life, presented in a way that allows for anxiety and sadness but is also so witty and quirkily cheerful.

    I’m in melbourne and involved a bit in the melbourne trans/gender variant/trannyfag/genderweird community that is slowly growing in numbers here, if you and Joe are ever in the area and would like to, drop me a line πŸ™‚

    • That’s so great! It’s been really awesome for me to try and reframe the tricky stuff into something empowering, that can hold the hard stuff as well as the good stuff. I love genderweird communities!! I grew up in Melbourne and I really love it there, it’d be awesome to meet up if we ever come over for a holiday πŸ™‚

  17. ps I just realised that i don’t know if my email will be published from my last post, it’s alessandra_s@optusnet.com.au

    cheers, thanks for writing this great comic =)

  18. This blog makes me smile on days when I think nothing else can. Thank you for bringing your journey to us who need to laugh at ourselves sometimes.
    Happy Trails πŸ™‚

  19. Hey!
    My name is Elias and I’m a transguy from Sweden.
    LOVING your comics! Just found out about your blog the other day and already I’m spreading the word about your awesomeness to all my friends ;). I appreciate the Wolverine-pictures, he is my hero :).
    You make me happy!
    /Spiderman and Wolverines lovechild.

  20. Hey Sam,

    I love your comics! there are a few in particular that I especially love (your recent one about Trans Day of Remembrance, for one). I work in the LGBT resource center at my university and I really wanted to print out some copies of some of your comics to hang up in our center, but I wanted your permission first. Would you be opposed to some extra advertisement to your blog? πŸ™‚


    • Hi Tiffany,
      Thanks so much! Yes you can definitely print them out to hang up in the LGBT center, I’d be honoured! Would you be able to tell me which uni you go to (just so I know where my stuff goes)? You can email me if ya don’t wanna write it up here – I’m at: sorchard at ymail dot com

      • I’m at the University of Kentucky in the US. I’m the resource coordinator so it’s my job to acquire new media for the center and I thought this would be a cool thing to hang up. I’m trying to find new blogs and internet resources for people to check out.


  21. Sam- i’ve been reading your comics for a while now, and i just wanted to let you know that i think they’re absolutely fantastic! thank you so much for giving me something so great to read!

    also, i recently heard you on the Webcomic Beacon podcast (it was great, by the way), and it was strange- since i’ve been reading your journal comic for a while, i felt like it was someone i’m friends with on the show, and i had to remind myself that i just know you from your comics. i thought it was pretty funny.

    anyway, keep it up! i always love it when i see a new update!

    • Aw dude! That’s such an awesome comment! Thanks sooo much! I know exactly what you mean, when you’ve been reading someone you know for a while and you’re like “oh yeh me and _____ go waaaay back!…. oh. wait.” hahaha. Anyway, thanks heaps! Working on a new update as we speak πŸ™‚

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