Archive for September, 2004

Alison speaking at Dartmouth

September 28th, 2004

Alert DTWOF fans and event organizers might have noticed that Alison has recently curtailed her public speaking schedule. She’s curtailed pretty much everything, in fact, as she’s working on a graphic novel. She will, however, be driving to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH to give a talk on Monday, October 11th, in honor of National Coming Out Day. The talk’s called, “Can I Stop Coming Out Now? Or, If ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ is organizing closets on television, is there, properly said, anything left to come out of?”

Alison will show slides of her work and talk about identity, assimilation, liberation, propaganda, what kinds of pens she uses, the origins of totalitarianism, the sorry state of democracy, and coming out, among other things and not necessarily in that order.

Start time is 4pm. Carpenter Hall, Room 13.

Auction To Watch Out For

September 23rd, 2004

Mo’s Book Bag.JPG
Originally uploaded by Alison Bechdel.

Win the Mo-bag at the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Silent Auction. Back in 2001, a homophobe sliced up over 600 gay-themed books at the San Francisco Public Library, including a few volumes of Dykes To Watch Out For. After they caught the guy, the enterprising library staff invited artists and friends of the library to work with the shredded remains of his handiwork. Over 250 works of art were created, some of which were on display last spring in the Reversing Vandalism exhibit. The library is selling some of these pieces at a silent auction that starts September 30th and runs through October 2nd. A tip of the shift key to Hadas Rivera-Weiss, creator of the ingenious Mo Bookbag, which will go to the highest bidder. Browse the on-line auction catalog here.

Dykes to Whiteout For

September 21st, 2004

Originally uploaded by zizyphus.

Yep, that’s a Mo mug on federal marshal Carrie Stetko’s desk in Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s graphic novel
. A tip of the delete key to alert reader Rachel Ramsey for pointing it out. In an interview in the on-line comics journal Ninth Art, Rucka confirms that the subtle placement of the DTWOF coffee cup was intentional. Stetko must have picked it up back in the day. I haven’t sold those mugs since 1998.

Rex and Alison go post-gay

September 14th, 2004

Ubiquitous gay journalist Rex Wockner recently visited Vermont and transcribed his chat with Alison here.