Feb. 11, 2015
Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Bechdel gained wide recognition for her work with the 2006 publication of her groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. It was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and in a great moment for graphic narrative, was named Best Book of 2006 by Time Magazine. A second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2012. In her work, Bechdel is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres. Her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, was an explicitly community-based and politically engaged project. But in her deeply intimate memoirs about her father's life before the gay rights movement and her mother's life before the women's movement, she turns a microscopic lens on the internal mechanisms of oppression and liberation. Bechdel edited Best American Comics 2011. She has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. Her work is widely anthologized and translated. She was the recipient of a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship.