Here’s what you may not know about Bechdel:
- This summer, she published a sketchbook about an old fling for a love-themed issue of the New Yorker. It begins: “I once had a lovely affair with someone who was kind, beautiful, smart, interesting, sane, and available. I broke it off after a few weeks.”
- She’s the author of a graphic memoir called “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” which was adapted into a musical, and “Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama.” “Fun Home” was staged at the Public Theater in New York last year. It explores Bechdel’s experience coming out to her father — she learned that her father had had gay relationships of his own — and her father’s suicide a few months later.Slate called it “the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.”
- She’s doing an artist residency in Umbria, Italy, at a castle called Civitella Ranieri, where she’s been experimenting with a giant roll of white paper — 5 feet by 30 feet, she said. She used it for large, life-size drawings in charcoal.