Alison Bechdel: Biography

Alison Bechdel

10 sep 1960

Alison Bechdel is a well-known American cartoonist and a renowned author. Born in a rural part of Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 1960, Alison was an outspoken lesbian. She had an interest for illustration from a very young age which she developed over the years. Alison’s parents Helen and Bruce were both creative and artistic in nature and so creativity was in Alison’s blood.

Alison got graduated from Oberlin College. She moved to Manhattan and tried her luck applying to many art schools but everything got rejected. She then worked in a publishing industry and also worked as a word processor in New York.

Currently a resident of Bolton, Vermont, Alison Bechdel has received huge recognition and praise for her works. She carved herself a name from the long running comic strip ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’. Alison created the much popular graphic memoir, ‘Fun Home’. Time magazine ranked ‘Fun Home’ as the no.1 of its 10 Best Books of the Year. This also fetched her Tony Award. Another graphic novel named, ‘Are You My Mother?’ was also Alison’s creation.

Alison was felicitated with many honour and awards. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellows ‘Genius’ Award. Alison’s comic works have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Book Review and Granta. She is also known for the Bechdel test, an indicator of gender bias in film.

Bechdel has received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle and still continues to achieve more.