BEST NEWS EVER! (Ok, it’s up there).
Alison Bechdel awarded MacArthur genius grant
Alison Bechdel, all time superhero, creator of lesbian comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For (which I’ve read and loved forever), The Bechdel Test, and the auto-biographical graphic novels Fun Home (need to read) and Are You My Mother? (read it, amazing), has been awarded a MACCARTHUR GENIUS GRANT FOR $625K!
In her books she talks about how money issues have made her life hard. Even though she’s a legendary and popular cartoonist for decades, in modern times with print publications folding and gay publications combining, there have been fewer paying customers for her work.
It really made me sad to read about a hero having trouble paying her bills, even while working! Seeing this news makes me smile ear to ear. ONE MILLION LIKES.
The recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation ”Genius Grant” — a no-strings attached, five-year, $625,000 award given to individuals who show “exceptional creativity in their work” — were announced Wednesday and among them was a true star: Alison Bechdel.
Bechdel, 54, is a well-known cartoonist whose comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For" achieved cult status for its honest and hilarious representation of queer culture. She’s also an accomplished author — her 2006 graphic memoir appeared on the New York Times best-seller list and won an Eisner Award.
"Bechdel is changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form," the MacArthur Foundation wrote in choosing her.
Story on Mic.com
Hurray for Bechdel! Time to work without worrying about bills!