Alison Bechdel is an iconic cartoonist well-known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her two graphic memoirs apply a psychoanalytical lens to her stranger-than-fiction childhood to paint an intricate portrait of her parents. Considering how the characters and themes link the two narratives, they are better when read together! These memoirs will fascinate lovers of literature with references to great writers, and engross readers who enjoy beautifully structured family biographies. Her perceptiveness left me in awe.
Bechdel’s art is always worth taking the time to appreciate. She uses only one colour (greyish green in Fun Home and red in Are You My Mother?) as a wash over her greyscale illustrations. I was fixated admiring the detail in every frame, and how text and art support each other to articulate meaning more powerfully than either could alone.