Celebrated LGBT Author, Illustrator to Speak at The College of Wooster

Alison Bechdel to visit campus, present lecture Oct. 17-18

September 30, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Alison Bechdel, creator of the popular self-syndicated comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” will visit The College of Wooster for a public lecture on Oct. 17 and a class discussion on Oct. 18. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 223 of Ebert Art Center (1220 Beall Ave.).

A recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bechdel has spent 30 years lurking on the cultural margins, writing, and drawing her comic strip. Described by Ms. Magazine as “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period,” “Dykes” ran regularly in more than 50 LGBT publications in North America and the UK. Many award-winning collections of Dykes were published in book form by an independent feminist press, and were translated into several languages.

Bechdel gained even wider recognition in 2006 for her groundbreaking graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a Best Book selection by Time Magazine that same year. In 2008, she began devoting herself full-time to autobiographical work, and in 2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published her second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama.

In addition, Bechdel edited Best American Comics 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. Her work is widely anthologized and translated.

Additional information about her appearance in Wooster is available by phone (330-263-2472) or e-mail.