14 Facts About Alison Bechdel


Alison Bechdel was a high school English teacher, working full-time and operating a funeral home part-time.

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Alison Bechdel's has two brothers, Bruce "Christian" Bechdel II and John Bechdel, a keyboard player who has worked with many bands including Fear Factory, Ministry, Prong and Killing Joke.

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Alison Bechdel's graduated with a degree in studio arts and art history in 1981 from Oberlin College.

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Alison Bechdel moved to Manhattan during the summer of 1981 and applied to several art schools, but was rejected and worked in many office jobs in the publishing industry.

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Alison Bechdel gradually moved from her early single-panel drawings to multi-paneled strips.

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In 1987, Alison Bechdel introduced her regular characters, Mo and her friends, while living in St Paul, Minnesota.

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Alison Bechdel has written and drawn autobiographical strips and has done illustrations for magazines and websites.

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The success of Dykes to Watch Out For allowed Alison Bechdel to quit her day job in 1990 to work on the strip full-time.

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In November 2006, Alison Bechdel was invited to sit on the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.

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In 2006, Alison Bechdel published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical "tragicomic" chronicling her childhood and the years before and after her father's suicide.

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Alison Bechdel described its themes as "the self, subjectivity, desire, the nature of reality, that sort of thing, " which is a paraphrase of a quote from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

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Alison Bechdel published another memoir The Secret to Superhuman Strength in 2021.

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In February 2004, Alison Bechdel married Amy Rubin, her girlfriend since 1992, in a civil ceremony in San Francisco.

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Alison Bechdel's subsequently lived with her partner Holly Rae Taylor, a painter, for seven and a half years before their marriage in July 2015.

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