The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For


One of my wonderful presents for giftmas this year was Essential Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel, author of the excellent Fun Home, a graphic-novel format autobiography.

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF from now on) is a collection of short comic strips featuring a bunch of people living their lives, and often worrying about them.

I’m a fan of comics that show ordinary people. Of course, there’s really no such thing as ordinary, and I enjoy being welcomed into a different reality than my own. I guess that links in with the people-watching side of my personality, except this way I can do it from the comfort of my new reclining armchair with a blanket and a cup of tea. Handy when you have the flu.

I planned on dipping in and out of DTWOF, but instead I started reading and didn’t really do anything else until I’d finished, the cast of characters being such good company. I missed them when I finished, especially as the strip is on indefinite hiatus while Bechdel works on other projects.

Incidentally, DTWOF is the source of The Bechdel Test, (that The Gurrier blogged last year). If something (a film really, but I find it interesting to apply it to other mediums) fulfills the following criteria, is passes:
1. There are two women in it.
2. They talk to each other.
3. About something other than a man.

It’s depressing how few things pass.
(Original comic strip here)