Allison Bechdel is an award-winning cartoonist and author of the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006). Bechdel came onto the cartooning scene in the late 1980s with Dykes to Watch Out For, a politically- and socially-charged comic strip about a community of friends in an unspecified city.
In Fun Home, the author dives deep into the story of her father’s suicide, her own sexuality (Bechdel is a lesbian), and her discovery that her father, too, was gay. She is also the author of a graphic memoir about her relationship with her mother, Are You My Mother?, which was published in 2012. Bechdel speaks at the TD Arena on Oct. 24 at past of the College Reads! progam.