Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. She came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was subsequently adapted as a musical which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. She has also edited Best American Comics 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly,The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.
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Alum Releases Graphic Memoir About Growing Up On A Prison Island
The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Colleen Frakes ’07 Prison Island released September 1. Frakes graphic memoir Prison Island, tells her story of growing up on the McNeil Island, living in a company town near the prison, and the remote island life challenges to Colleen and her sister.
After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, Dana Walrath spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Science of Armenia. She is currently working on a graphic memoir that combines her observations on the experience of aging in this ancient culture with her award winning graphic memoir series, Aliceheimer’s. She is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology, and she has shown her art work in a variety of venues throughout North America and Europe. Her verse novel, Like Water on Stone, set during the Armenian genocide is forthcoming from Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) in fall 2014.