Alison Bechdel

By Anthony Ondic

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- Alison Bechdel was born in 1960 in Lock Haven Pennsylvania.

- She attended Simon's Rock College and then transferred to Oberlin College.

- She graduated in 1981.

- She was rejected by a number of Art schools, and supported herself by doing "boring office jobs."

- She began writing and drawing comic panels called "Dykes to Watch Out For".

- Her first panels appeared in June 1983.

- LGBT activist


- Fun Home

- Are You My Mother?

- The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

- Best American Comics

-The Indelible Alison Bechdel

-"Bechdel Test"

Alison Bechdel - Creating "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic"


- Lambda Literary Award for Humor- 1990-93, 2003 (Dykes to Watch Out For)

- Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian/Biography/Memoir- 1998 (Dykes to Watch Out For)

- Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography- 2006 (The Indelible Alison Bechdel)

- GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book- 2007 (Fun Home)

-Stonewall Book Awards- Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award- 2007 (Fun Home)

- Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada- 2012

-MacArthur "Genius" Grant-2014



- “Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama.” Indie Bound. 1 May 2012. 20 April 2015. <>.

-“Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade and Reference Publishers. 20 April 2015. <>.

- Gatti, Tom. “The 10 best books of 2006: number 10 — Fun Home.” The Times. 16 December 2009. 20 April 2015.

- Goldstein, Jessica. "The Woman Who Created The Bechdel Test Is Officially A Genius." ThinkProgress. 17 September 2014. 20 April 2015. <>.


- Bechdel, Alison "Fun Home." Boston, New York. A mariner book. 2006.

- Chute, L. Hillary. "Graphic Women Life and Narrative and Contemporary Comics." New York. 2010.