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Alison Bechdel        

Internationally Recognized Cartoonist & Author of "Fun Home"

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing, and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers.

For twenty-five years Alison self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” by Ms. Magazine. From the strip was born the now famous “Bechdel Test,” which measures gender bias in film.

Her first graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was named the Best Book of the year by TIME, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award and was adapted into a Broadway musical that has won five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Alison is also the author of Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama which delves into her relationship with her mother, as well as the theories of the 20th-century British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Her profoundly affecting graphic memoir titled The Secret to Superhuman Strength was released in 2021. The Guardian calls the memoir, “quietly astonishing” and “extraordinarily generous.”

Alison was the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2014 she received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. In their citation, the MacArthur Foundation noted that Alison “is changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form.” In 2017, Alison was ushered in as Vermont’s third cartoonist laureate.


Alison Bechdel returns to Oberlin College to talk 'Fun Home,' coming out and the power of knowing who you are
OBERLIN, Ohio – If you happened by Craig Lecture Hall in the Science Center on the Oberlin College campus Tuesday and caught the sound of excited giggling and the occasional squeal coming from inside, no one would blame you for guessing a boy band was making a cameo.
Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist to watch out for, speaks at Tulane, plus ...
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The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU West will host comic strip creator and graphic novelist Alison...
Q&A: Alison Bechdel on the New Fun Home Musical - The Cut
Watching a song-and-dance version of your memories is really freaky, it turns out.
Alison Bechdel (Author of Fun Home)
Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long- running comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, in 2006 she became a best-sellin...

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