Thoughts Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, Firebrand Books 1986, 78 pages.
MOTIVATION for READING: I had read so many great reviews of various titles by Alison Bechdel and so was testing my area’s InterLibraryLoan system; this one popped up. I reserved it for my GLBT Challenge and my OPEN category in the Twenty in Ten Challenge: Graphic Novel. I’m going to say that this book picked me.
Don’t you love books that are SMART FUNNY? This one is. And I howled at the 80s references (see the published date of 1986) – so spot on.
I have to admit I was delighted (in hopes of reading 100 books this year and I’m off that mark) at the page count of 77 – I am seriously taking more time to write this review than it did to flip through every panel! Little humorous vignettes that are obviously about lesbian relationships but have universal themes. Truly, it is a look at the craziness of relationships, ANY relationships – beginnings, middles, and ends, etc.
One of my favorite things was the smattering of panels for each letter of the alphabet that showcase a type of lesbian. I love the alphabet! I love to read books, blog posts, anything that features the alphabet. And then – surprise!!! The last pages has “the Amazon’s Bedside Companion: A Sophisticated Alphabet and Subliminal Picture Quiz” which had me breezing through once again from the beginning! For example, the Z page featured a Zinnia and I totally missed it. So clever and fun.
Nymeth recently reviewed one of Bechdel’s latest (as I understand it, an extension/compilation of what she started in the book I’m reviewing here); I must quote her:
“the main appeal of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is actually how very universal and how human it is.”
RATING: Four slices of pie.