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Alison Bechdel
September 10, 1960 -
Nationality: American
Category: Cartoonist
Subcategory: American Cartoonist

But I read comic books. I read things like Richie Rich and Little Lulu.


I probably read Harriet the Spy about 70,000 times.


Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.


I just met someone who read Gone With the Wind 62 times for exactly that same reason. She couldn't bear that it wasn't real. She wanted to live in it.


I never really read superhero stuff as a kid.


It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't really suddenly give someone gray hair.


And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me.


The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.


My mother is, my father certainly was. They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up.


Mostly it was Mad magazine. And I did read a lot of - I had a subscription when I was little, but I also had access to some old collections, the little paperbacks of the really good stuff.


Watching everyone root through their psyche, it just delights me. Especially R. Crumb's stuff.


I don't know, maybe it's because I was raised Catholic. Confession has always held a great appeal for me.


Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl.


I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to comics history.


But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father.


When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults.


Yeah, I read Judy Blume. My mother didn't like that, but I read it anyhow.


Nancy Drew was always changing her outfits. I despised girls' clothing, I couldn't wait to get home from school and get out of it. The last thing I wanted to read was minute descriptions of Nancy's frocks.


I hope that I can get people to read it without having to change it. Especially now that the strip has more different kinds of characters. It's really not all lesbians any more.


Autobiographical comics, I love them. I love them.


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