The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel
“Shortly after graduating from college, I was buying my third copy of this beloved graphic novel and the clerk said to me, ‘Are you a cartoonist?’ I gasped. ‘No! Why?!’ I had a degree in psychology, but in that cathartic moment I realized that, yes, I was going to be a cartoonist. I drank in Bechdel’s work. Her characters, drawing style, and sense of humor inspired me, as did the intriguing language of interwoven words and pictures. Even for readers without repressed aspirations to make comics, reading a graphic novel is an intimate, personal experience. And if you’ve never read one, Bechdel’s are a great place to start.”
Recommended by Ellen Forney, a graphic novelist and the author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me ($20, amazon.com).
To buy: $25, amazon.com.