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Her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was assigned reading in an American lit course I took my sophomore year, and after a semester spent dutifully paging through William Dean Howells and Maggie: A Comic Dramawas released and immediately appeared all over campus, that I realized just how popular and successful her work was.
Never mind that my copy of Fun Home was emblazoned with its numerous awards: I spoke with Bechdel over the phone in November, shortly after her MacArthur award was announced. The following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation. So, first of all, congratulations on the MacArthur news!
Is it starting to feel any more real? How did you first learn about the award?
You were abroad, is that correct? What were you working on while you were there? I was basically just doing whatever I felt like, I was treating it as a sort of a creative rehab after getting really burnt out. So I just allowed myself to draw whatever I wanted, and it turned into this project of drawing life-sized figures doing yoga.
But it was more about the process than the drawings, which was fun. It was kind of fun to sort of draw with my whole body, because I was drawing something exactly the same size as I was, standing on the floor like I was. Yeah, I can see how that scale difference would be liberating.
Are You My Mother seems more nuanced -- there are more perspective angles, different levels of shading. Do you see that kind of evolution in drawing continuing into your next project?
I feel like my drawing has changed a lot over the past 10 or 15 years. I think part of the process of the book is going to be I mean, the more I talk about it the more I box myself in. And even myself describing a project, it then becomes something I have to do.
It was very much like standing out across a tight rope and just hoping that I made it to the other side. Jump off the tightrope? Did I fall off the tightrope, move to a different tight rope?
So Fun Home is about a lot of things, but one of them is the constant redecoration and reformation of this house, which is drawn beautifully and in incredible detail. What was it like to try to revisit that house and essentially recreate the house that your father spent his life redecorating and restoring?
I felt like it was almost a kind of penance.
I spent my childhood like trapped in this place, dusting all these fucking knickknacks, and here I was as an adult, recreating it, drawing it, in a way that was much more tedious than dusting it ever was. It was a very obsessive creative enterprise, very focused on detail and losing track of other aspects of life.
Making a graphic novel is a very absorbing task and a lot of other parts of my life were really put on the back burner during the time that I was working on it, very similar to the way that my dad would neglect relationships, and to an extent I did too.
But I feel like in an odd way Fun Home was a kind of collaboration with my father, just because I happened to have all these photographs that he had a taken of the house, that he had staged and then had a photographer friend shoot, so I had all these great images that I could just draw from.Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with 4/4(51). FUN HOME A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC is the latest work from the highly skilled, insightful, neurotic and wry-humored pen of Alison Bechdel, best known for her "Dykes to Watch Out For" comic strip.
(One of the longest-running queer comic strips, "Dykes to Watch Out For" is over 20 years old, has been 5/5. FUN HOME A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC is the latest work from the highly skilled, insightful, neurotic and wry-humored pen of Alison Bechdel, best known for her "Dykes to Watch Out For" comic strip.5/5.
Fun Home is a rereading of a family history characterized by false appearances, composed many years after the suicide, or accidental death, of the author’s father; as is not uncommon in memoirs, it relies heavily on archives, but the use to which they are put in this graphic novel is quite.
The Library is pleased to announce Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel as the selection. This year's program runs from February 25 through March 30, Abstract This thesis explores the graphic and diaristic aspects of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and regardbouddhiste.com increased scholarly attention has been paid to the graphic aspects of these.