Alison Bechdel Earns Raves For New Book

December 3, 2008
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has just released The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, a collection of her popular weekly comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. And she's gotten a huge write up in the New York Times, to boot! For 20 years, Bechdel has been writing and creating a comic strip about lesbian life that has appeared mostly in alternative newspapers. Dykes to Watch Out For follows a group of women who are smart, funny and have a lot of sex (or at least want to). According to the Times:
"If you are, with this volume, coming to Ms. Bechdel’s comic strips for the first time, you’ll notice a few things pretty quickly. For one, sex happens. There are a lot of naked cartoon women here — gloriously naked cartoon women: fat, thin, young, old, black, white. They are real women, many with ample armpit hair and zits on their shoulders. These lesbians aren’t Bambi, Betty or Veronica."
Journalist Dwight Garner continues, "Bechdel observes in her introduction to this new anthology... it was not especially easy to be openly lesbian back in 1983, when she published her first cartoon. 'We had no L Word,’ she writes. 'We had no lesbian daytime TV hosts. We had no openly lesbian daughters of the creepy vice president. We had Personal Best, and we liked it.'" To read the glowing review in its entirety, please click here. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is in stores now.