The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

  • Title: The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
  • Author: Alison Bechdel
  • ISBN: 9780224087063
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • [PDF] The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For | by ☆ Alison Bechdel - The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For On publication in Alison Bechdel s Fun Home was hailed as one of the masterpieces of the graphic form Time magazine chose it as the best book of that year and critics on both sides of the Atlant
    [PDF] The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For | by ☆ Alison Bechdel - The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For On publication in Alison Bechdel s Fun Home was hailed as one of the masterpieces of the graphic form Time magazine chose it as the best book of that year and critics on both sides of the Atlant

    • [PDF] The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For | by ☆ Alison Bechdel
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    The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

    About Alison Bechdel


    1. Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist Originally best known for the long running comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, in 2006 she became a best selling and critically acclaimed author with her graphic memoir Fun Home.


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    1. Alison Bechtel s Fun Home was regarded by the big gorgonzolas of modern literature as probably the best book since the New Testament, but I was profoundly underwhelmed I was an ingrate I couldn t care less and I said so Now I find, years later, that I d come at Ms Bechtel completely the wrong way Fun Home was like being introduced to Woody Allen by watching Midnight in Paris who would ever think that fool director could have made Manhattan or Husbands and Wives Or as if the most widely praised D [...]

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    2. First, an Alison Bechdel story Last year at the NYC Comic Con, Bechdel was signing copies of Fun Home, and Mulzer and I stood in line to get our copy signed As she was adding a quick drawing to the title page, I told Bechdel how I had bought three volumes of her Dykes to Watch Out For to share with the students of the GSA I d started at my high school in the Bronx Every one had been borrowed and never returned, so she could be happy knowing that her work must be very appreciated by my students A [...]

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    3. I confess to having little interest in lesbian writing and graphic novels As a male, I find it hard to connect with text that is processing an anger directed at my gender i.e me simply for having been born a male I don t disagree with the need for the anger the patriarchy tends to screw things up but it doesn t make the work inviting It s like reading Frantz Fanon s Black Skin White Masks Its an amazing work, but as a pasty guy it s hard not to take parts of it personally And, back to lesbian wr [...]

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    4. Love is a many gendered thing, pal Get used to it I can honestly say, after spending almost 400 pages with these people, I know them better than any comic book characters I ve ever met They are bright, funny, committed to saving the environment, strong supporters of civil rights, and they DO SOMETHING about their beliefs They attend rallies and protests They go to work for worthy cause organizations They don t just sit at home reading books like I do.This is a mostly all girl soap opera, though [...]

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    5. The lesbian soap opera that preceded The L Word is, unsurprisingly, much better Bechdel s sense of humor is all over the histrionics of her hyper learned and hyper self aware characters, but there are also serious and important conversations to be found here The collection is overwhelming in scope 20 years in the lives of seven women, with major and minor recurring supporting characters coming in and out of their world Their many romantic affairs and infidelities share the focus with the state o [...]

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    6. Having read and totally loved Alison Bechdel s two graphic as in graphic novel memoirs, Fun Home A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother , I absolute had to go and read everything she s written It s not enough but it s wonderful The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is a collection of her Dykes to Watch Out For strip Selections have been chosen from over 25 years of work We follow the lives of a group of friends The stories are personal, political, philosophical, poignant, and enough with the p [...]

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    7. This is fabulous Alison Bechdel s drawing already delights me to no end, and the twisting, turning sagas of Mo, Lois, Clarice, Ginger, Toni, et al add icing of awesome to my intense enchantment with her work Although Mo is seriously pretty annoying in the beginning, how could I not stick around to see what happened to all of these lovely, well rounded, 100% fleshed out, believable and warm and real people The house that Sparrow, Lois, and Ginger live in together The evolution of Clarice Toni s m [...]

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    8. How spectacular to finally find nearly all of Dykes to Watch Out For in one volume there are omissions, but not very many, and the exclusions were carefully chosen so as not to disrupt plot lines Alison Bechdel hits the perfect balance of lovingly depicting her community and its concerns, exploring the inner lives of her characters, while also cheerfully skewering political posturing, blind spots, and self righteousness Her drawings are playful check out the endlessly amusing t shirt slogans, si [...]

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    9. believe it or not, i had never read dykes to watch out for before i mean, i d seen a strip or two in my day, but that s it so i check this 400 pound behemoth not the entire collection, but close out of the library spent alike a week plowing through it fabulous can t recommend it enough the only reason it got four stars instead of five is because i found mo so insufferable, all the couples cheating on one another over the years, while perhaps realistic, made me have a few infidelity related night [...]

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    10. Three and a half stars Not something I would usually read, this deals with the lives and loves of a group of LGBTQ adults in a small city somewhere in the US I did really enjoy the stories, I just found it hard to read due to the format It was a comic strip that run for roughly twenty years and other than Calvin and Hobbs I don t really read comic strips But one I settled in I really enjoyed it This is detailed Every strip has so much going on, little vignettes looking at the political and sexua [...]

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    11. What a fun read After reading both of Bechdel s graphic memoirs a couple of years ago, I was psyched to read her comic strip The recent Genius Grant award prompted me to finally get around to it.What I like most about Bechdel s work is her ability to illustrate macro socio political things through super relatable domestic scenes She has a great sense of humor and a highly developed sense of situational irony Every page of DTWOF fires on all cylinders simultaneously and the juggling act is breath [...]

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    12. I didn t make it all the way through this because it s MASSIVE and I had it on inter library loan, but I will definitely make my way back to this If you identify as a lesbian, this is a must read I was hesitant to read this because I had tried to get through Fun Home once and it wasn t for me, but this is just the perfect collection of stories that are so comical in their realness You WILL find yourself in one of these characters if you are a queer woman Reading it was therapeutic and I honestly [...]

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    13. After reading and loving every single panel of Fun Home A Family Tragicomic, her National Book Critics Award finalist, I jumped on the Bechdel bandwagon and queued myself up for this recently published 400 page hardback collecting the greatest hits of her long running series I first heard of this strip years back although I didn t get to read it as it was published in alternative rags that I neither read nor subscribed to Humorously enough, I did co opt the title as a catch phrase whenever refer [...]

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    14. Have you ever read something for so long you felt like you were friends with the characters I used to read all of the DTWOF books and would be so pleased when I came across one in a alternative newspaper Reading this was like catching up with old friends I knew the first 2 3rds of the book but I will admit that after 2002 I dropped them off my radar so the last 1 3 was completely new to me I think Bechdel s drawings are so rich and interesting Her style has changed, the characters have grown up, [...]

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    15. i NEVER WANTED THIS BOOK TO ENDintoxicating, world building, celebratory, complex i love feeling immersed in community, politics, context, and culture 3 3

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    16. I followed Dykes to Watch Out For from the time it first appeared in Minneapolis Equal Time newspaper in 1987 all the way until Alison Bechdel terminated the strip in 2008 I used to buy the paperback collections from the now defunct Firebrand Books as soon as they became available counting The Indelible Alison Bechdel there were twelve, total Though Alison started the strip in 1982, it was in 1987 that she developed the regular cast we all know and love Mo, Lois, Clarice, Toni, Ginger, Sparrow, [...]

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    17. An epic collection of Bechdel s comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends which ran from 1983 to 2008 Bechdel herself describes it as half op ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel which sums it up well One of the most interesting aspects of this collection is the way you see the narrative responding to current affairs as they occur This distinguishes it from an epic novel covering the same period, which would be marked by a sense of hindsight It is like reading [...]

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    18. In hindsight, I think I read this book the wrong way These comics should be savored over time, instead of read quickly to be able to take back to the library before they re due So, if you are going to read this, maybe buy it, or at least borrow it from someone that won t mind you keeping it for a while Or, maybe get the different volumes and read them separately I may still do that As it is, I still spent enough time with Mo, Ginger, Lois, Sparrow, Clarice, and Toni that I feel like they are fri [...]

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    19. Alison Bechdel s distilled collection of her comic strip spanning 20 years is a tricky one to rate numerically As a weekly comic strip, it s top notch, managing the rare combination of being both intensely funny at times and presenting characters that the reader comes to really care about As a collection it s wonderful to see the strip evolve over the course of years in a way that is rarely so evident in comics the characters age, the political and social events of the time are a constant underc [...]

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    20. What a groundbreaking comic While I missed Dykes to Watch Out For during its syndication, I m grateful for this volume, a compilation of the comic s 25 year run More so than in her two graphic novels, Bechdel makes the personal political, all while making the reader laugh My only two complaints about this anthology are that it doesn t contain the strip that introduced the world to the now famous Bechdel Wallace test and it ends without resolution or any sort of finality Overall, this was a fun, [...]

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    21. Aww I really liked most of this, although I still prefer the graphic novels The liberal ranting got a little too Rachel Maddow level for my tastes Everyone stop yelling

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    22. Recommendation from The New York Times Book Review podcast from someone, I think from Pahrul Sehgal, who said that she rereads it every year I found a copy used at Logos RIP in Santa Cruz Aside Hearing what Ms Sehgal was reading on the NYT Book Review podcast was the best part I wish she would get back on the podcast again This is all I have ever wanted from life to belong to an fringey but loving group of bohemians with their own loosely defined subculture like the one portrayed in this book I [...]

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    23. I wish I d found this book earlier I love how political the book is, very witty, funny and totally on point.

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    24. I really couldn t have asked for a better lesbian comic series than this It was fantastic.The introduction for the Essential Edition was lovely I relate to the author a lot because, you know, any creative type is going to see herself in this struggling for whether you re writing something worthwhile or if someone s going to tell you you re wasting your time I have to admit being kind of offended by the sentiment in the one rejection letter she quoted the one she seemed grateful for, but which su [...]

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    25. So I m not a lesbian, which means I m probably not the target audience for this book But I still found plenty to love in Bechdel s collection of comics about a community dykes and honorary dykes Bechdel manages to realistically cover issues like race, disability, lesbian parenting, bisexual relationships, and transgender children in a way that doesn t feel forced or like an after school special Her characters The neurotic super activist Mo who resembles Where s Waldo than a little , dog lover G [...]

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    26. While I m making comics confessions I d never read any DtWOF comics before I loved Fun Home A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother , and I knew this was a thing, but just.r read it I was amazed by how fresh and timely a LOT of this still feels, even while still being a really specific time capsule for different eras of the last like 25 years Of course there have been some cultural shifts and it s interesting to see how some of the language and norms have shifted over the years, particularly w [...]

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    27. I was so excited when I learned that they finally compiled a full collection of all the Dykes to Watch Out For Definitely an engrossing read and at a much higher quality of lesbian soap opera drama than the L Word It made me wish I had feminist friends around me to hang out with these days You definitely get to know and love the characters and identify with all that they go through In some ways, I enjoyed reading the inserted political news just to realize how many scary similarities there are [...]

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    28. This volume collects several hundred of the DTWOF comics, covering twenty years worth of major story arcs I lost track of DTWOF about four years ago, so it was fun to get reacquainted, even if there were only about two years worth of material that I hadn t read at the very end of the book I also felt like it ended a little abruptly, as if the last pages of the book were chosen arbitrarily Still, those are minor complaints Bechdel has created a universe populated by characters with complex and hu [...]

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    29. Never read this essential collection, but have read several of the individual volumes, and once upon a time, even read some of the strips as they came out in various cities I lived in around the U.S This is a great collection, taking some of the best from all the strips over the many, many years, and all the volumes that no one knows where to start so this a great selection, with a terrific comic essay as an introduction, reflecting back on the all the years of this pretty monumental work As a s [...]

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    30. 4.5 starsIt turned out to be the longest graphic novel I ve ever read It s nearly 400 pages and took me three or so weeks to finish I absolutely loved it and devoured it whenever I got the chance For me, what sold it was the super lovable characters and a funny yet sarcastic storyline to top it off Also A for diversity

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