Cartoonist Alison Bechdel — LGBT History Month Day 3

 

Today’s LGBT History Month icon is celebrated cartoonist and author Alison Bechdel.

Born September 10, 1960,  Bechdel is perhaps best known as the author of the long-running comic strip “Dykes To Watch Out For.”  Among her many achievements, Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” was awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.

Biography via Equality Forum:

A native of central Pennsylvania, Bechdel and her siblings grew up in a small town. Her parents both taught at the local high school and her father, the subject of her first memoir, was the town’s mortician. Bechdel attended Oberlin College, where she graduated with a B.A. in 1981.

“Dykes to Watch Out For” was published in 1983 and became a syndicated comic strip in 1985. With her signature subtle wit, Bechdel took on the complex and often stereotyped world of lesbian relationships through her comic alter ego, Mo. The strip has become a cult classic.

In the late 1990′s, Bechdel began work on her first graphic memoir about her family, “Fun Home.” The memoir focuses on her relationship with her father and his death. Time Magazine honored “Fun Home” as No. 1 of the 10 Best Books of 2006, calling it “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” The book won a Lambda Book Award, an Eisner Award and the 2006 Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. It was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

“Dykes to Watch Out For” continued production for 25 years. In 2008, Bechdel suspended work on the award-winning comic strip to create a graphic memoir about relationships. The same year, Houghton Mifflin published a complete collection of her work, “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.”

Bechdel resides outside of Burlington, Vermont.

Below you can see an interview with Bechdel discussing the personal history behind “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”:

And in this next video you can see Bechdel give a fascinating insight into the artistic process she goes through to create her work:

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16 comments

Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud2 years ago

Ty

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Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud2 years ago

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Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson3 years ago

Saw Democracy Now's presentation of Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home" & appreciate this trove for further delving! Thank You! :D

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Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson3 years ago

Democracy Now! - "FUN HOME" :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/7/30/alison_bechdels_fun_home_the_coming

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Cheryl Dare
Cheryl Dare7 years ago

Dawid strikes again! What can I say? Maybe he helped write Uganda's constitution.Now there's some more homophobia with lies to match! Does Dawid really think he can change anyone to a phobic monster like himself? Let's camp it for him! And swish it, too!

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Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m7 years ago

Oh dear, ranted and got completely off track! My apologies!
Thanks so much for the post..now I have another book to add to my must read list! Thanks so much

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Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m7 years ago

Hey Dawid, you iuta love this..i was married in a catholic church and I had a maid of honor, amd one bridesmaid..and his name was John-John and he was one of the outest, loudest, proudest queens you'd ever (not) want to see! And this was 1972 Connecticut!
Oh, i'm just disgusting now, aren't I? LIVE WITH IT!

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Gloria H.
Gloria H7 years ago

I'm straight, but have read her comics- interesting, profound characterization and stories about a life style that I knew nothing about. She is an excellant artist!

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Christopher C.
Chris C7 years ago

...and an added comment Dawid, being gay or lesbian is what encompasses the WHOLE individual...again, it's not just about sex.

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Christopher C.
Chris C7 years ago

1st Dawid, it's NOT a sexual disorder. The only thing that is "dis-ordered" is your bigoted, intolerant mind. Again your confusing "sex" as "sexuality". These articles are about great human beings who have done great things who just happen to be gay or lesbian. By mentioning they are gay or lesbian, people will have a positive role model to look up to who has done these great and wonderful things...again, who just happen to be gay or lesbian. You need to get your mind away from the idea that saying your gay or lesbian your only referring to "sex". A gay or lesbian person can be celibate or monogamous just as a heterosexual person can.

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