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I get a lot of mail from men who really identify with Stuart, you know, Sparrow's boyfriend. I love that. Even though I used to say I wanted men to read the strip even though there weren't any men in it, so they'd be forced to identify with the women. ---->>>

I probably read Harriet the Spy about 70,000 times. ---->>>

It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't really suddenly give someone gray hair. ---->>>

I don't know, maybe it's because I was raised Catholic. Confession has always held a great appeal for me. ---->>>

I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and I work really hard at promoting myself. ---->>>

For some reason writing and drawing are very separate processes for me. ---->>>

I started to get bored with that stuff about only drawing men and I've taken it out of the slideshow. ---->>>

I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to comics history. ---->>>

Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl. ---->>>

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated. ---->>>

Well, I'm always working on my comic strip and trying to, you know, keep cranking that out. ---->>>

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project. ---->>>

And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me. ---->>>

People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author. ---->>>

Even drawing gray hair at all is difficult to render in black and white. ---->>>

When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults. ---->>>

Watching everyone root through their psyche, it just delights me. Especially R. Crumb's stuff. ---->>>

Yeah, I read Judy Blume. My mother didn't like that, but I read it anyhow. ---->>>

But I read comic books. I read things like Richie Rich and Little Lulu. ---->>>

Autobiographical comics, I love them. I love them. ---->>>

But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father. ---->>>

I love Jules Feiffer. I didn't discover him until I was a little older. ---->>>

I never really read superhero stuff as a kid. ---->>>

My mother is, my father certainly was. They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up. ---->>>

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence. ---->>>

I just met someone who read Gone With the Wind 62 times for exactly that same reason. She couldn't bear that it wasn't real. She wanted to live in it. ---->>>

One of them is already having some menopausal symptoms. I'm working on that. I'm giving them all little lines under the eyes, trying to sort of make them age gracefully. ---->>>

I hope that I can get people to read it without having to change it. Especially now that the strip has more different kinds of characters. It's really not all lesbians any more. ---->>>

It's definitely part of it, that the men were having fun and doing the interesting things but also, I don't know, I'm just thinking more about gender and how maybe in some way I am more of a boy than a girl. ---->>>

Mostly it was Mad magazine. And I did read a lot of - I had a subscription when I was little, but I also had access to some old collections, the little paperbacks of the really good stuff. ---->>>

Nancy Drew was always changing her outfits. I despised girls' clothing, I couldn't wait to get home from school and get out of it. The last thing I wanted to read was minute descriptions of Nancy's frocks. ---->>>

When I grew up, I studied karate for years. I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge that I really didn't like fighting at all, so I quit. ---->>>

Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 09-10, 1960
Occupation: Cartoonist

Alison Bechdel ( BEK-dəl; born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, she came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was subsequently adapted as a musical which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. She is also known for the Bechdel test.(wikipedia)