sundry news

November 2nd, 2012 | Other Projects

1. My family gets a nod in a Publisher’s Weekly article about The Most Dysfunctional Families in Literature. Also ranking: The Bennets, of Pride and Prejudice!

2. Here’s the kickstarter page for a cool movie about the current state of the LGBT community.

3. Here are some new books to check out. Urvashi Vaid’s Irresistible Revolution.

My childhood friend Ken Foster’s book about pit bulls.

And Dylan Edwards’ comic book cover_mockup1

4. Out Magazine has put me on their annual Out100 list. At the photo shoot they gave me an itty bitty boy’s suit which I could only fit into when they ripped open the waistband of the pants. Fortunately they used a close-up shot. For the set, they printed out all these comics from my website. A bunch of them were fanfic strips, though, like this one, that others submitted to this blog years ago.

25 Responses to “sundry news”

  1. Ruth in RI says:

    The Bechdels and the Bennets! Awesome.

  2. Anna in Albuquerque says:

    Glad to see you back online, Alison.

  3. soukup says:

    My family gets a nod in a Publisher’s Weekly article about The Most Dysfunctional Families in Literature

    Wow. That seems a bit extreme. I mean, obviously I don’t know your family, but I’ve read both of the memoirs you’ve written about it, and nothing in the books struck me as that unusual.

  4. Thank you for the shout out, Alison! You are made of pure awesomeness.

    Speaking of fanfic art, there is, in fact, a teeny D2WO4 cameo in Transposes …

  5. Kate L says:

    … all our families are dysfunctional in their own way. Just like some families have green roses on the wallpaper, while other families have green roses in the rug.

  6. Kate L says:

    … all families have green roses somewhere.

  7. Eva says:

    Kate, you are so right. And it’s actually quite cathartic to find those green roses…

  8. Tei Tetua says:

    Maybe I’m being naive, but it strikes me as thoroughly icky to feature someone in a magazine, presumably representing themselves, and force them to wear borrowed clothes. Especially when “force to wear” pretty much means violence has to be used to get the clothing onto the body! I’d have thought the creative people and the star(!!) could confer on what would be comfortable and dignified.

  9. […] Creators | Alison Bechdel was named to the Out 100, but her photo shoot wasn’t quite as glamorous as it looks. [Dykes to Watch Out For] […]

  10. Kate L says:

    NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, has all sorts of small, web-cam type cameras in addition to the big one at the top of the rover. Nasa scientists have made a collage of a series of these photos to stitch together this self-portrait of Curiosity. The rover landed inside Gale Crater (the rim of Gale Crater is visible many miles away on the left). Mount Sharp, the three-mile high central peak that Curiosity will spend the next two years climbing, is on the right.

  11. Pam I says:

    And on Other News, AB is coming to England this week. I think I can squeeze in a couple of the outings into my hectic schedule.

  12. Kate L says:

    HIP-HIP HURRAY! … as we say on the High Plains! And so, as history will record, on November 6th, 2012, the time-line was restored to its proper course with the re-election of President Obama, who won 51% of the popular vote. The president also defeated Mitt Romney by over 2.5 million votes, and by 332* to 206 in the Electoral College that will actually pick the president (our secular version of the College of Cardinals or the Electoral Council of the Holy Roman Empire). We now are back on the version of history that leads to the United Federation of Planets and Kathryn Janeway, and not to the Terran Empire and the bearded Spock. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was elected America’s first openly lesbian U.S. Senator, and Republican loony tea party congressman Alan West (who speculated earlier this year on how many Democratic U. S. congressman were communists) was defeated in his bid for re-election by his Democratic challenger! Last, but certainly not least, gay marriage won its first state-wide referendum victories in Maryland and Maine!!! Let us all join hands and sing, kumbaya!

    * I’m including Florida’s 29 electoral votes in President Obama’s electoral college victory because he will probably remain first in the vote count from that state when counting the ballots resumes today. President Obama still has a majority of 33 votes in the Electoral College without Florida, however.

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  14. Feminista says:

    Good wrap-up,Kate L. Add to the list of victories for L/G marriage: WA state referendum in support passed,MN state ref.against was defeated. And let’s not forget another Tammy,Ms.Duckworth,and Elizabeth Warren,for progressive Senate wins.

    In Oregon,our increased funding for schools & libraries and taxing the rich ballot measures passed;off-rez casinos ballot measures defeated.

    It’s encouraging to note that the overwhelming majority of measures and people I supported
    actually won!

  15. Feminista says:

    Latest update is that we now have 20 women senators. 20% is a far cry from 50%,but it’s progress in a positive direction.

  16. ready2agitate says:

    no bones about it, women – diverse women – made herstory yesterday!

  17. Kate L says:

    Feminista- Right on! ready2agitate – Right on again! After my previous post, I checked on the local state legislative races in the on-line, electronic version of the Smallville Daily Bugle Zeitung. It turns out that our local LGBT-ally state representative, Sydney, won re-election by a little over 1,000 votes more than her conservative opponent! As usual, I had Sydney’s yard signs up in my front yard for this election. I say yard signs, plural, because in the dead of night someone kept stealing them! After the last time a sign went missing, Sydney herself came over and put up its replacement, which stayed in place.

  18. Marj says:

    Kate L, I never saw Wall-e, but that self portrait looks awfully like the character in the film posters (except cleaner).

    And Yay! for the election results, of course.

  19. Kevin says:

    After seeing this post yesterday I went to my local comic shop and picked up Transposes. It was great but way too short. :) Thanks for the recommendation, Alison and for the book, Dylan.

  20. Jennifer says:

    Knowing that only friction is keeping your pants up entirely informs how I view that portrait. Hilarious. Frame it and hang it in an appropriate place.

  21. Kate L says:

    Marj (#18)… it took me a moment to realize you were talking about the Curiosity rover on Mars, but yeah, I see it, now! :)

    Oh, and my newly re-elected state representative’s first name really is Sydney. No wonder we haven’t seen much of her, lately!

  22. Kate L says:

    … and, leave it to The Onion* to sum up how women in America feel about the results of the 2012 election!

    * – “America’s Finest News Source” (TradeMark)

  23. Pam I says:

    Here’s a proxy report back from London, AB and Holly going wild in WC1.

  24. All of our family function disorders in their own way. Just like some families have green wallpaper roses, and other family have green rose in the carpet.

  25. flitter says:

    You look a little like Ira Glass in that suit.