As y’all probably heard, Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME, which has been named Graphic Novel of the Year by many people, was selected by Time Magazine as the top BOOK of the year. It’s a stunning achievement for Bechdel, and a nice little cherry on top for the year which saw our graphic literature accepted, respected and even read. What’s nicest about it is that Bechdel has been plying her craft for a long time, to a loyal (and sizable) audience, but with only the barest minimum of recognition from comics’ “mainstream.” Turns out she knew what she was doing all along.
Gay People’s Chronicle catches up with Bechdel for her reaction to the honor:
“I don’t know quite what to say about the Time magazine thing,” she admitted. “I guess I’m a bit speechless.”
“I’m very happy about it, obviously,” Bechdel continued. “It’s a great thing for queer stories, and for graphic novels, to get that kind of mainstream recognition.”
She is, however, still surprised.
“I’m still a bit flummoxed by it. I mean, Fun Home is an odd little book,” she concluded. “Go figure.”