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Essential Dykes To Watch Out For (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Alison Bechdel

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Title:Essential Dykes To Watch Out For
Authors:Alison Bechdel
Info:Jonathan Cape (2008), Paperback, 416 pages
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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (2008)


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A 'best-of' from twenty years of DTWOF ... but I didn't see the Bechdel Test strip in there! ( )
  claudinec | Jun 14, 2017 |
Not comprehensive, but still a good collection of strips from the sadly defunct comic strip. I probably should've read this in smaller doses (especially since Mo is often whiny and her friends have their own issues), but the lesbian drama-rama of DTWOF is so addictive I just couldn't help myself once I started.

As a side note, Bechdel just did a strip in response to the recent election: http://dykestowatchoutfor.com/same-as-it-ever-was-only-much-worse ( )
  bostonian71 | Jan 12, 2017 |
I loved the first half so much! And then it started going gradually downhill.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
For the first 50 pages I felt like, though I was enjoying it, it was never going to end (it's one of those books that's longer than it looks, so you feel like you're not making any progress); for the last 100 pages I was hoping it never would. It's funny, really, because several of the characters were infinitely annoying to me—but I just didn't want to leave that world. I'm going to have to find and read the whole strip sometime, all twenty years of it. The politics in the earlier years were a little overwhelming to me, because I wasn't conscious of them when they actually happened, so I was trying to follow very detailed conversations and learn what they were talking about at the same time. It was completely fascinating. And even though half the time I wanted to slap Mo and tell her to snap out of it, in truth, she's basically me—which is kind of humbling, frustrating, and comforting all at once.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
I've never read the strip online or in the paper, and i'm not even that lesbian (or female) but even so (or maybe because of this) I really enjoyed DtWOF. The book is big, and you get a whole lot of hours of reading for very small money - and the reading beeing of TOP quality, i'd say, there is no turning back. Read. This. Book. You will end up loving all the characters and their flaws and their humor - and you will quite possibly end up as an anachronistic lgtb rights fighter from the wrong century! Or maybe you will just follow the lives of Mo and the others.
By the way, Alison Bechdel is great. ( )
  felixpaulsen | Jan 26, 2015 |
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It’s a fascinating, addictive soap opera, especially as the reader grows to know all of these surprising women. Watching them move from starting their lives into becoming parents and worrying about careers is almost a generational saga; it’s distinctly the story of a community.
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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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Alison Bechdel chronicled the lives of a small universe of cartoon characters in her strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For', which is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers in the USA and has been published in 11 volumes. This book gathers the best of those volumes, together with 60 of the newest strips.… (more)

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