Maybe 2012 won’t be so bad after all, book-wise at least. Alison Bechdel’s new comic, Are you my mother?, comes out May 1! I loved Fun Home, that is, I really enjoyed it and then spent three weeks with it for a paper and went from mildly to wildly enthusiastic about it. That’s close reading for ya! (and how fun would it be to write a paper comparing these two memoirs!??)
As Fun Home was all about Alison’s relationship with her father, queering the modernist canon and making the case for the comics medium I’m very excited to see what she will do with Are you my mother?. We got glimpses of her mother before, but always in relation to Alison and her father. Still, she was portrayed as an actress and English (I think) student and that together with the subtitle, a comic drama, makes me hope that Bechdel will once again drawn on literature to represent her family.
Will you be reading this one?