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Alison Bechdel
Born September 10, 1960
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Alison Bechdel (born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, she has recently become a best-selling author with her autobiographical graphic memoir Fun Home. Image File history File links AlisonBechdel. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Lock Haven is a city located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... A cartoonist at work. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Several characters in Dykes To Watch Out For. ... Sabre (1978), one of the first graphic novels. ... As a literary genre, a memoir (from the Latin memoria, meaning memory) forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing. ... A panel from Fun Home. ...

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Biography

Alison Bechdel was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to a Catholic family of teachers. In 1981 she graduated from Oberlin College, having transferred from Simon's Rock College, and moved to New York City, New York. She applied to many art schools but was rejected and worked in a number of office jobs in the publishing industry. Lock Haven is a city located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. ... Oberlin College is a small, selective liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, in the United States. ... Simons Rock College of Bard Simons Rock College of Bard, also abbreviated as Simons Rock College and Simons Rock or, simply, The Rock , is a small liberal arts college located in the small town of Great Barrington (population 7,527), in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... Art school is a colloquial term for any educational institution (whether secondary, post-secondary/undergraduate, or graduate/postgraduate) with a primary focus on the visual arts, especially graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, and sculpture. ... This article is concerned with the production of books, magazines, and other literary material (whether in printed or electronic formats). ...


According to The Indelible Alison Bechdel (see "Books", below), she began Dykes to Watch Out For as a single drawing labeled "Marianne, dissatisfied with the morning brew: Dykes to Watch Out For, plate no. 27". An acquaintance recommended she send her work to Womannews newspaper, which began to publish the strip regularly beginning with the July-August 1983 issue. After a year, other outlets began running the strip. Several characters in Dykes To Watch Out For. ...

Alison Bechdel signing Fun Home, Brussels, 2006
Alison Bechdel signing Fun Home, Brussels, 2006

In the first years, Dykes to Watch Out For consisted of unconnected strips without a regular cast or serialized storyline. Bechdel introduced her regular characters, Mo and her friends, in 1987 while living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She became a full-time cartoonist in 1990 and later moved near Burlington, Vermont. Image File history File links Alisonbechdel2. ... Several characters in Dykes To Watch Out For. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... Burlington is the largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and is the shire town of Chittenden County, Vermont. ...


In addition to Dykes to Watch Out For, Bechdel has also written and drawn autobiographical strips and has done illustrations for magazines and websites. Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ...


In February 2004, Bechdel married her partner since 1992, Amy Rubin, in a civil ceremony in San Francisco. However, all same-sex marriage licenses given by the city at that time were subsequently voided by the California Supreme Court. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Same-sex marriage is the union of two people who are of the same biological sex or gender. ... The San Francisco 2004 same-sex weddings took place between February 12 and March 11, 2004. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


In 2006, Bechdel published Fun Home, an autobiographical "tragicomic" chronicling her childhood and the years before and after her father's suicide. Fun Home has received more widespread mainstream attention than Bechdel's earlier work, with reviews in Entertainment Weekly, People and several features in The New York Times. Fun Home spent two weeks on the New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller list. [1] [2] A panel from Fun Home. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


In November 2006 Bechdel was invited to sit on the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (AHD) is a dictionary of American English published by Boston publisher Houghton-Mifflin, the first edition of which appeared in 1969. ...


Bechdel's brother, John Bechdel, is currently the keyboard player for the industrial metal band Ministry as of February 2006. Ministry is an American industrial metal band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ...


Books

  • Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1986, ISBN 0-932379-17-6)
  • More Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1988, ISBN 0-932379-45-1)
  • New, Improved! Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1990, ISBN 0-932379-79-6)
  • Dykes to Watch Out For: The Sequel (Firebrand books, 1992, ISBN 1-56341-008-7)
  • Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1993, ISBN 1-56341-039-7)
  • Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1995, ISBN 1-56341-067-2)
  • Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1998, ISBN 1-56341-102-4)
  • Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1997, ISBN 1-56341-086-9)
  • The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 1998)
  • Post-Dykes to Watch Out For (Firebrand books, 2000, ISBN 1-56341-122-9)
  • Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For (Alyson Publications, 2003, ISBN 1-55583-828-6)
  • Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For (Alyson Publications, 2005, ISBN 1-55583-833-2)
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Houghton Mifflin, 2006, ISBN 0-618-47794-2)

Alyson Publications is a book publisher founded in Boston, USA, now based in New York City, specializing in feminist and LGBT fiction and non-fiction. ... Alyson Publications is a book publisher founded in Boston, USA, now based in New York City, specializing in feminist and LGBT fiction and non-fiction. ... A panel from Fun Home. ... Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. ...

See also

The Lambda Literary Foundation seeks to support the creation and dissemination of writings by, for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of female comic book writers and artists. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Alison Bechdel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (529 words)
Alison Bechdel (born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, which chronicles the lives of several lesbians and their friends.
Alison Bechdel was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to a Catholic family of teachers.
Bechdel's brother, John Bechdel, is currently the keyboard player for the industrial metal band Ministry as of February 2006.
glbtq >> arts >> Bechdel, Alison (703 words)
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is best known for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, which has run in alternative gay and lesbian newspapers for nearly two decades.
Bechdel was born on September 10, 1960 in Lock Haven, Pennsyvlania, one of three children of high school English teachers.
Bechdel describes her strip as "half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel." At its center is Mo (Monica), who embodies the values that Bechdel assumed were what being a lesbian meant when she came out.
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