Read The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For Online Free - From the author of Fun Home -- the lives, loves, and politics
of cult fav characters Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger,
Stuart, Clarice, and others
For twenty-five years Bechdel's path-breaking Dykes to Watch Out For
strip has been collected in award-winning volumes (with a quarter of
a million copies in print), syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, and
translated into many languages. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes to Watch
Out For gathers a "rich, funny, deep and impossible to put down" (Publishers
Weekly) selection from all eleven Dykes volumes. Here too are sixty
of the newest strips, never before published in book form.
Settle in to this wittily illustrated soap opera (Bechdel calls it "half
op-ed column and half endless serialized Victorian novel") of the lives,
loves, and politics of a cast of characters, most of them lesbian, living in a
midsize American city that may or may not be Minneapolis.
Her brilliantly imagined countercultural band of friends -- academics,
social workers, bookstore clerks -- fall in and out of love, negotiate friendships, raise children, switch careers, and cope with aging parents.
Bechdel fuses high and low culture -- from foreign policy to domestic routine,
hot sex to postmodern theory -- in a serial graphic narrative "suitable
for humanists of all persuasions."
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April 21, 2015
Alison Bechtel’s Fun Home was regarded by the big gorgonzolas of modern literature as probably the best book since the New Testament, but I was profoundly underwhelmed. I was an ingrate. I couldn’t care less and I said so. Now I find, years later, that I’d come at Ms Bechtel completely the wrong...
January 24, 2009
First, an Alison Bechdel story. Last year at the NYC Comic Con, Bechdel was signing copies of Fun Home, and Mulzer and I stood in line to get our copy signed. As she was adding a quick drawing to the title page, I told Bechdel how I had bought three volumes of her "Dykes to Watch Out For" to shar...
November 16, 2009
I confess to having little interest in lesbian writing and graphic novels. As a male, I find it hard to connect with text that is processing an anger directed at my gender (i.e. me) simply for having been born a male.
I don't disagree with the need for the anger - the patriarchy tends to screw th...
April 04, 2013
"Love is a many gendered thing, pal. Get used to it."
I can honestly say, after spending almost 400 pages with these people, I know them better than any "comic book" characters I've ever met. They are bright, funny, committed to saving the environment, strong supporters of civil rights, and they D...
January 24, 2015
The lesbian soap opera that preceded The L Word is, unsurprisingly, much better. Bechdel's sense of humor is all over the histrionics of her hyper-learned and hyper self-aware characters, but there are also serious and important conversations to be found here.
The collection is overwhelming in sc...
July 24, 2012
Having read and totally loved Alison Bechdel's two graphic (as in graphic novel) memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?, I absolute had to go and read everything she's written. It's not enough but it's wonderful. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is a collection of her D...
November 20, 2014
This is fabulous! Alison Bechdel's drawing already delights me to no end, and the twisting, turning sagas of Mo, Lois, Clarice, Ginger, Toni, et al. add icing of awesome to my intense enchantment with her work. Although Mo is seriously pretty annoying in the beginning, how could I not stick aroun...
December 15, 2008
How spectacular to finally find nearly all of Dykes to Watch Out For in one volume (there are omissions, but not very many, and the exclusions were carefully chosen so as not to disrupt plot lines). Alison Bechdel hits the perfect balance of lovingly depicting her community and its concerns, expl...
October 11, 2009
believe it or not, i had never read "dykes to watch out for" before. i mean, i'd seen a strip or two in my day, but that's it. so i check this 400-pound behemoth (not the entire collection, but close) out of the library & spent alike a week plowing through it. fabulous! can't recommend it eno...
April 13, 2016
What a fun read! After reading both of Bechdel's graphic memoirs a couple of years ago, I was psyched to read her comic strip. The recent Genius Grant award prompted me to finally get around to it.
What I like most about Bechdel's work is her ability to illustrate macro socio/political things thro...