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Lesbian artist, author Alison Bechdel mines maternal relations in new graphic novel

Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel gained legions of fans with her syndicated comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” known for its mix of personal relationships and political issues, before turning her pen to even more overtly personal topics.

Her celebrated first graphic novel, “Fun Home,” published in 2006, focused on Bechdel’s relationship with her father, including his gay affairs during his marriage to her mother. Now, Bechdel uses her formidable storytelling and illustration skills to explore her relationship with her mother in her new graphic memoir, “Are You My Mother?” GA Voice: Your previous book “Fun Home” plays a considerable role in your new book, “Are You My Mother?”

Were you prepared for reception that the first book received?

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‘Mother’ lode

"Dykes to Watch Out For” creator Alison Bechdel mines maternal relations in new graphic novel