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Alison Bechdel

Email: dyke@dykestowatchoutfor.com
Website: Dykes to Watch Out For

Bio: Alison Bechdel, a careful archivist of her own life, began keeping a journal when she was ten. Since 1983, she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the Dykes to Watch Out For strip, “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms.). The strip is syndicated in dozens of newspapers, translated into several languages and collected in a series of award-winning books. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.” And Comics Journal says, “Bechdel’s art distills the pleasures of Friends and The Nation; we recognize our world in it, with its sorrows and ironies.”

In addition to her comic strip, Bechdel has also done exclusive work for a slew of publications, including Ms., Slate, the Advocate, and many other newspapers, websites, comic books, and ‘zines.

She is also the author of the best-selling Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Time Magazine named Fun Home the number one Best Book 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 Essential Dykes To Watch Out For, a collection of her comic strips, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in November.


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Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life Forms to Watch Out For
Dykes to Watch Out for: The Sequel
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out for
Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For
More Dykes to Watch Out for
New Improved!: Dykes to Watch Out for
Post-Dykes to Watch Out For
Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out for
Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out for
The Indelible Alison Bechdel
Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out for
What Do Cats Dream
What Do Dogs Dream


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DYLAN EDWARDS’ TRANSPOSES, ALISON BECHDEL’S ARE YOU MY MOTHER? A COMIC DRAMA, AND JUSTIN HALL'S NO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS NOMINATED FOR LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS!
[News, Posted 3/6/13]
Today, it was announced that Dylan Edwards' nonfiction graphic novel Transposes, which explores the life stories of seven transgender men who also happen to be gay, bisexual, or otherwise non-straight—has been honored with a nomination for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of Transgender Nonfiction. Transposes is an amazing window into the lives of these men, both the major events in their lives and the day-to-day ones, and paints a wonderfully human portrait. The book…

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[News, Posted 7/16/12]
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SECOND QUEER NERD BLOG: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012!
[News, Posted 7/15/12]
My fourth day at Comic-Con and only my second blog. Apologies but I’ve been busy. For one, I got to meet John Barrowman! If you ask “Who?”, well, your dilithium tiara is revoked! He’s Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood who can also sing, dance, and charm the pants off anyone. He very kindly agreed to sign an action figure of Captain Jack, so that we could auction it to benefit Prism (thanks to Ted Abenheim and Scott Moore for making it happen). Anyhoo, I went over to the…

MEET ED LUCE AND GET YOUR WUVABLE OAF COMICS AND MERCH AT THE PRISM COMICS BOOTH AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!
[News, Posted 7/9/12]
The "Wuvable Oaf" himself, Ed Luce, has sent us the following details about his upcoming appearance with Prism this week! "Join Wuvable Oaf for Comic-Con International 2012 at Prism Comics, booth #2144-48! Here’s the schedule: Wednesday, July 11th (Preview Night) 6-9 pmThursday & Sunday from 2-7 pmFriday & Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm The Oaf crew will be debuting three new items at the convention: -The brand new OAF HULK shirt: Much cuter (and hairer) than Green or Red Hulk, Oaf Hulk ruins…

PANEL AND RELEASE PARTY TO CELEBRATE JUSTIN HALL’S MASSIVE ANTHOLOGY NO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS DURING SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!
[News, Posted 7/6/12]
San Diego, CA – Two events will commemorate the release of Fantagraphics Books’ anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall. First, on Friday, July 13, 2-3pm, in Room 25ABC at San Diego Comic-Con, Prism Comics presents the panel "No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics". Queer cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social…


RECENT OFFSITE FEATURES

ALISON BECHDEL IS ONE OF OUT MAGAZINE'S TOP 100!
[Source: Out Magazine, Added: 11/23/12]

PUBLISHING TRIANGLE WINNERS UNVEILED, INCLUDING ALISON BECHDEL
[Source: Mediabistro.com, Added: 4/21/12]
Author Alison Bechdel, whose memoir Are You My Mother? comes out this spring, won the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement award this year. This is the third time the author has won an award...

QUEER COMIC ARTISTS ENGAGE A "NEW" WRITING GENRE
[Source: California College of the Arts, Added: 1/26/12]
CCA is no stranger to branching out in various genres when it comes to the arts. The colleges undergraduate Writing and Literature curriculum is no exception. The ENGAGE: Queer Comics Project courses...

ALISON BECHDEL TAKES MAY WITH "ARE YOU MY MOTHER?"
[Source: Bleeding Cool, Added: 1/23/12]
As the comics industry comes to grips with what will be coming to stores in April and May, there is one book likely to smash sales record that’s not from the New 52, or an Avengers Vs X-Men tie in.

JUMP ON THE COMICS BANDWAGON
[Source: Iowa City Press Citizen, Added: 12/20/11]
Women comic artists seem to lead the way in non-fiction comics. “Fun Home” tells of Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her father, a closeted gay man. Marjane Satrapi’s two-volume...

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