Fun Home in San Francisco
This evening, 6 of us COLAGErs stopped by the SF LGBT Center to hear Allison Bechdel. She read two sections of the book and demonstrated her creative process by showing what it takes to draw one panel. (About two weeks worth of work.)
And she took questions... Allison seemed shocked that the audience was interested not only in her family's reaction to the book but also the nitty gritty details of her construction. Down to what software was used to make the font of her handwriting. You gotta love the tech-saavy Bay Area crowd.
Having finished the book I am equally amazed by her drawing skills as I am by her writing/storytelling abilities. Go. Read it.
Especially since this is a book that makes no attempt to beautify growing up with gay father. So often queerspawn feel obligated to put on a pretty face, to be that perfect "poster child." Allison tells her story, with unabashed and non-judgemental honesty. Refreshing.
Thank you, Allison. For using your gift to tell a story that we can relate to.