The indelible Alison Bechdel: confessions, comix, and miscellaneous dykes to watch out for

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Firebrand Books, Jul 1, 1998 - Art - 223 pages
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"The success of Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For' is impressive for any comic strip and unheard of for one with a lesbian theme". -- Boston Globe

Alison Bechdel -- cartoon chronicler extraordinaire -- continues to leave a permanent mark on contemporary lesbian life.

With seven "Dykes To Watch Out For" collections in print (an eighth is slated for late in 1998), and her strips syndicated in over fifty U.S. and Canadian publications, the time is right to ask: who is this indefatigable doodler and what makes her draw? Even better, how is she able to create and keep up with the daily lives of her burgeoning cast of characters: Lois, Jezanna, Clarice, Toni, Ginger, Sparrow, and -- most obsessively -- Mo.

The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes To Watch Out For takes you behind the pen and into the psyche of lesbiana's most quick-witted and incisive social commentator. The book combines material from the author's childhood (Do you have the drawings you did when you were three years old?); hair-raising autobiographical tales morphed into real-life cartoon scripts; collaborative work with other cartoonists; cartoons not included in the on-going strip; old faves from the calendars; and much, much more. In short, enough insider info to titillate and delight until the next book is ready.

Here is a chance -- fifteen years after Alison Bechdel's first cartoon was published -- for both loyal fans and newfound friends to celebrate and gossip with this don't-just-connect-the-dots dyke to watch out for.

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Alison Bechdel will need no introduction to devotees of her 'Dykes to Watch Out For' cartoon series, which for two decades has chronicled with almost unerring perspicacity and good humour the ordinary ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Alison Bechdel?is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, ?New York Times, People, USA?Today, ?Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others.?For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life--queer and otherwise--considered "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period." (Ms.)? Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics, 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, ? Granta, and The New York Times Book Review.?

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