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Stuff your stockings with dykes

December 9th, 2008     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

Just in time for the holiday season, Alison Bechdel has released The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, a collection of episodes of Bechdel’s weekly comic, “Dykes to Watch Out For.” The comic, a smart, funny soap opera about the lives of a group of women in a college town, has been appearing in alternative newspapers across North America since 1983. I would have asked for it as a Hannukah gift if I hadn’t already bought it for myself. Oops!

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For Alison Bechdel

This isn’t a complete collection. For that, you’ll still have to pony up 15 bucks for each individual volume of the series, of which there are now 11. But for just 25 bucks you can get a lovely hardcover book that includes almost 75% of the 527 episodes, plus an additional 12 page illustrated introduction by the author. For those concerned about completeness, the missing strips don’t have much effect on the story. I checked one of my partner’s volumes to see what had been removed, and the missing strips were mostly subplots and long outdated political rants.

I had never read more than a strip or two of “Dykes” before buying this book, but I loved Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir, Fun Home, so when I saw this at the store, I knew it would be the perfect antidote to winter gloom and the oppressive patriarchy. When the world has got you down, there’s nothing better than spending your evenings curled on the couch, immersed in an alternate universe filled entirely with women of all shapes, sizes and colors, doing every conceivable job, from mechanic to accountant, living in a magical Bohemia filled with feminist bookstores and lesbian coffee shops.

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