If you missed tonight’s episode of SistersTalk Radio, you missed a great interview. Tonight’s guest was Alison Bechdel, creator of the infamous comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For. You can listen to the podcast now (or download it for later).
Hear Alison Bechdel discuss the history of Dykes to Watch Out For and her very dramatic coming out story. This interview definitely went in an unexpected direction. It was truly one of the most powerful and touching interviews I’ve done so far.
Since its inception in 1983, Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution. 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.
In 2006, Houghton Mifflin published her graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. The bestselling coming-of-age tale has been called a “mesmerizing feat of familial resurrection” and a “rare, prime example of why graphic novels have taken over the conversation about American literature.”
Next Sunday, join us when we talk to transgender cultural icon Kate Bornstein.