MHC student organization True Colors, along with the dean of students office, will present a talk by renowned cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel will speak Wednesday, April 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in the Blanchard Campus Center Great Room.
Bechdel is best known for her humorous, countercultural comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. An Oberlin graduate, Bechdel began drawing the comic in 1983 as a feature for the feminist monthly Womanews. Today, the biweekly comic is syndicated in more than 50 periodicals. Ten book-length collections of the strip have appeared, four of which have won Lambda Literary Awards for Humor.
The Comics Journal admires Bechdel's successful and intelligent fusion of high and low culture, praising, "Bechdel's art distills the pleasures of Friends and The Nation; we recognize our world in it, with its sorrows and ironies." Bechdel's "thinker's comics" have also appeared alongside McGruder's Boondocks and David Rees' Get Your War On in the collection Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists. Utne magazine has listed Dykes to Watch Out For as "one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century."
Bechdel also has done exclusive work for numerous major publications, including Ms., Slate, the Village Voice, the Advocate, and Out. Her work has been translated into many different languages. Bechdel's 1998 release, The Indelible Alison Bechdel, won a Lambda Literary Award in the biography/autobiography category.
During her talk about Mount Holyoke, Bechdel will focus on her new graphic memoir, Fun Home, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin in spring 2006. She will also discuss Dykes to Watch Out For. South Hadley's Odyssey Bookshop will be present, selling Bechdel's work.
This event is free and open to the public.