I met cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel at a TCAF event this past Saturday
. Bechdel is on an international tour promoting her new book, Are You My Mother?
Bechdel is the creator of Dykes To Watch Out For
, a syndicated comic strip that ran for 25 years. Her first book, Fun Home
, is an autobiographical graphic novel that chronicles her experiences coming out as a lesbian, focusing on her relationship with a closeted, depressed father. Are You My Mother?
is a spiritual sequel, looking at her relationship with her mother and at her journey through psychotherapy.
I’m a few chapters in to Are You My Mother?
and it's fantastic! What I love about Bechdel’s books is that they are very dense and don’t baby the reader. She deals with dark subject matter humorously and unflinchingly. Definitely a must-read for queer graphic-novel enthusiasts. Also, is it weird I have a total dyke-crush on Bechdel?