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I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to comics history. ...
by Alison Bechdel

I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to comics history.
- Alison Bechdel

Watching everyone root through their psyche,
it just delights me.
Especially R. Crumb's stuff.
- Alison Bechdel

Well, I'm always working on my comic strip and trying to,
you know, keep cranking that out.
- Alison Bechdel

I hope that I can get people to read it without having to change it.
Especially now that the strip has more different kinds of characters.
It's really not all lesbians any more.
- Alison Bechdel

 

I just met someone who read Gone With the Wind 62 times
for exactly that same reason.
She couldn't bear that it wasn't real.
She wanted to live in it.
- Alison Bechdel

My mother is, my father certainly was.
They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up.
- Alison Bechdel

I probably read Harriet the Spy about 70,000 times.
- Alison Bechdel

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I started to get bored with that stuff about only drawing
men and I've taken it out of the slideshow.
- Alison Bechdel

But I read comic books.
I read things like Richie Rich and Little Lulu.
- Alison Bechdel

It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't
really suddenly give someone gray hair.
- Alison Bechdel

Autobiographical comics, I love them.
I love them.
- Alison Bechdel

Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl.
- Alison Bechdel

I never really read superhero stuff as a kid.
- Alison Bechdel

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
- Alison Bechdel

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
- Alison Bechdel

When I grew up, I studied karate for years.
I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge
that I really didn't like fighting at all,
so I quit.
- Alison Bechdel

For some reason writing and drawing are very separate processes for me.
- Alison Bechdel

I love Jules Feiffer.
I didn't discover him until I was a little older.
- Alison Bechdel

But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father.
- Alison Bechdel

When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting
to be more books geared towards young adults.
- Alison Bechdel

And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family
was need something from someone.
So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me.
- Alison Bechdel

One of them is already having some menopausal symptoms.
I'm working on that.
I'm giving them all little lines under the eyes,
trying to sort of make them age gracefully.
- Alison Bechdel

Yeah, I read Judy Blume.
My mother didn't like that, but I read it anyhow.
- Alison Bechdel

Even drawing gray hair at all is difficult to render in black and white.
- Alison Bechdel

I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and
I work really hard at promoting myself.
- Alison Bechdel

I don't know, maybe it's because I was raised Catholic.
Confession has always held a great appeal for me.
- Alison Bechdel

I get a lot of mail from men who really identify with Stuart,
you know, Sparrow's boyfriend.
I love that.
Even though I used to say I wanted men to read the
strip even though there weren't any men in it,
so they'd be forced to identify with the women.
- Alison Bechdel

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid,
something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet.
And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect
and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel

Writing this book feels like a completely different
activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life.
I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.
- Alison Bechdel

It's definitely part of it, that the men were having
fun and doing the interesting things but also,
I don't know, I'm just thinking more about gender and
how maybe in some way I am more of a boy than a girl.
- Alison Bechdel

Nancy Drew was always changing her outfits.
I despised girls' clothing, I couldn't wait to get
home from school and get out of it.
The last thing I wanted to read was minute descriptions of Nancy's frocks.
- Alison Bechdel

Mostly it was Mad magazine.
And I did read a lot of - I had a subscription when I was little,
but I also had access to some old collections,
the little paperbacks of the really good stuff.
- Alison Bechdel

People really want to think that these things really happened.
I don't know why that important, but I know that when
I finish reading a novel or something,
I want to know how much of that really happened to this author.
- Alison Bechdel

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

This day I see that pretty much all
my correspondences are love letters.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A sloth lives a pretty good life, s-l-o-w-l-y.
Maybe we have something to learn from him.
Some days, being sloth-like may be just what you need
to avoid being consumed by urgency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life should not be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a Ride!"
- Hunter S. Thompson

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it
seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour
and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
- Albert Einstein

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily.
They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
- Tim Berners-Lee

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty
good likelihood their case -
no matter what its merit -
will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert

I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life,
particularly in adolescence.
- Robert Cormier

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families.
The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.
- Doug Coupland

I feel pretty good.
My body actually looks like an old banana,
but it's fine.
- Mike Piazza

You can always tell when a man's well informed.
His views are pretty much like your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
- Clarence Day

I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down
airport concourses carrying bags.
- Guy Clark

Time scoots along pretty fast when you grow up.
- Alan Ladd

People are pretty much alike.
It's only that our differences are more susceptible
to definition than our similarities.
- Linda Ellerbee

Life is magnificent - just as it comes.
Life has no need for fancy clothes, or lipstick.
Life is no pig.
Our life is the greatest gift of all creation.
When we are unhappy with life -
when we are shocked by the stock market,
or dismayed by our choice of political candidates,
let us not lash out in anger.
But also, let us not try to pretty up life
with some lipstick and some party clothes.
See life clearly - no rose colored glasses -
and then CHOOSE to love life.
CHOOSE to be happy, be joyful, be grateful,
be forgiving of everyone and of every act
we believe has hurt us.
Life just "IS."
We get to CHOOSE our relationship with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're
talking about real money.
- Everett Dirksen

When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb.
After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to
find out how much he'd learned in three years.
- Frank Butler

It was more freeing, mainly because he's so free anyway.
He just is in his performance.
So to mimic someone doing a free performance,
well, that's pretty freeing within itself.
- Michael Welch

I think art education, especially in this country,
which government pretty much ignores,
is so important for young people.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I'd so much rather people think I was funny than pretty.
- Kristen Johnston

I did tell security to make sure you stay and watch him pretty closely.
- Joseph Jackson

No, I'm happy doing this.
Five sweaters and a pair of dirty pants,
you can make pretty good money.
- McLean Stevenson

At this point, American workers are pretty respectful
of the bosses they loathe.
- Ted Rall

I was a pretty insecure kid, didn't have a lot of friends,
and was picked on a lot, and music gave me confidence.
- Sarah McLachlan

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
- A. A. Milne

This AIDS stuff is pretty scary.
I hope I don't get it.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

But I got an audience that knows what I do.
They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good.
- Mose Allison

Brandon Boyd of Incubus is hot, but he's too pretty.
- Rachel Perry

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group,
but we had a pretty good time while we did.
- Levon Helm

When your whole system, your whole civilized system goes down,
this is pretty much what you get left with.
We have no communications, no running water,
no electricity, no real help.
- Kathleen Blanco

I had examined myself pretty thoroughly and discovered
that I was unfit for military service.
- Joseph Heller

I was at college doing performing arts,
and just spending all my time mucking about,
and the lecturers thought I would be pretty good at stand-up,
so I gave it a whirl.
- Allan Carr


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