March 7, 2013 11:30 AM
The strip grew into a serialized production with a regular cast of characters who depicted contemporary lesbian life. It ran for 25 years.
“There wasn’t anything at that time that represented me and my friends, what we looked like, what we were doing,” Bechdel said.
Though she drew the Dykes characters’ tics and quirks from herself, Bechdel delved much deeper into the personal in 2006 with the publication of Fun Home.
The autobiographical graphic novel depicts her own coming out as a lesbian while dealing with her OCD father, who was a closeted bisexual and committed suicide when Bechdel was 19.
She says her mother still has not acknowledged her latest novel, and maintains that Fun Home represents only her truth, and not necessarily that of her mother or brothers.
Tulane gender studies student Caitlin Truitt was one of the lucky students who had dinner with Bechdel before the lecture at the Newcomb College Institute, which organized the event.
“We talked a lot about what it means to write a memoir, and what is truth,” Truitt said. “I like how she says that reality is a subjective process.”
Johanna Gretschel received a bachelor’s degree with an English major from Tulane in 2012, and she is in the master’s degree program.
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