Alison Bechdel puts elements of a difficult childhood into her art.
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Comic strip artist Alison Bechdel writes and illustrates the comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For.
She has now created a memoir in comic strip form that revisits her youth and her relationship with her sometimes distant father, Bruce, a high school English teacher.
The two often had trouble communicating, and they talked about literature as a way to relate. Her father died when she was almost twenty, an incident she believes was a suicide.
The setting for most of the memoir is a large, Gothic revival house, a home that caused Bechdel to identify with The Addams Family.