The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For (Paperback)

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Sure, The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For (DTWOF) is the best chronicle of Lesbian life at the turn of the 21st century, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the story of leftist politics, of changing definitions, of independent bookstores and liberal arts schools and marriage and friendships that–despite all odds–carry on for a quarter-century. There’s someone for everyone to relate to in the DTWOF universe, whether you’re a passionate Clarice or a hapless Stuart. If you haven’t read DTWOF since its original run, or you’re happening upon it for the first time, I can’t urge you enough to spend a little time with Mo and friends, and enjoy the ways the world has changed and stayed exactly the same. 

— From Lou


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 Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger, Stuart, Clarice, and the rest of the cast of cult-fav characters. Most of them are lesbians, living in a midsize American city that may or may not be Minneapolis. Bechdel’s 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.”

About the Author

ALISON BECHDEL’s cult following for her early comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For expanded wildly for her family memoirs, the New York Times bestselling and Time magazine #1 Book of the Year graphic memoir Fun Home, adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical, and Are You My Mother? Bechdel has been named a MacArthur Fellow and Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, among many other honors. The Secret to Superman Strength is her third graphic memoir. 

Praise For…

"This weighty and winning volume could well be titled 'Alison Bechdel's Greatest Hits.' It features faves from 11 past collections, as well as recent strips, and underscores why Bechel is at the forefront of the growing graphic movement." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358424178
ISBN-10: 0358424178
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 416
Language: English