Wednesday, May 25, 2005


On conservative turf

Originally uploaded by Alison Bechdel.
Imagine my surprise when I saw David Horowitz’s name in my in-box the other night. He’s the once-radical-now-conservative force behind Students for Academic Freedom—an organization that is more or less to academic freedom what Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative is to reducing mercury emissions.

David was asking for permission to reprint a recent episode of my comic strip on the SAF website. It’s the one where the conservative student Cynthia is tabling for SAF, and Ginger, her professor, engages her in a little Socratic dialogue about the merits of teaching “theories” like creationism and holocaust denial. That episode was inspired by an excellent article called The New PC: Crybaby Conservatives in The Nation.

SAF is worried that the sizeable majority of college professors who are left-leaning democrats are indoctrinating their students by exposing them only to liberal ideas and not to conservative ones. Horowitz is also behind something called the ”academic bill of rights” which Republicans are introducing in various state legislatures. Here’s an informative piece on the Democracy Now! Site about how that effort is going down in Florida.

Anyhow, I told David Horowitz that absolutely, he could reprint my comic strip. And here it is on the SAF site. (Not sure how long they’ll keep it up—this is their home page, and they have a regular slot for a cartoon.)

I suppose that out of context like this, the strip could be read in such a way that Ginger appears to be the bad guy—for mocking Cynthia’s intellectual heroine, Ayn Rand. But I think that’s a small risk to run in the face of this opportunity for my comics to engage in a little Socratic dialogue of their own with Students for Academic Freedom. What do you think?

Here’s the strip in its own, cozy progressive context, should you care to peruse it.

Anyway, SAF is paying me a hundred bucks. I’m accepting suggestions on who to donate it to—preferably an organization that really is working to protect freedom of expression and promote intellectual honesty.

Monday, May 23, 2005


I'm speaking at the Boston Dyke March

Friday June 10, 6pm, Boston Commons. They promise me there will be puppets, bikes, panties, boxers, and thongs. Come join the fray. For more info.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


Hufu, the healthy human flesh alternative

Originally uploaded by Alison Bechdel.
I thought an old college chum had rounded the bend when he told me he was going to start marketing a human-flavored meat substitute. But if there were an award for the most compelling realization of the most repugnant concept, would definitely be on the short list.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Gitmo Quran

Damn that Newsweek! If only they’d stop telling people what was going on, we’d have world peace!

Thursday, May 12, 2005


The good people of Ithaca

It looks like Dykes To Watch Out For has been reinstated to The Buzz in Ithaca, thanks to some really great person who got a petition going. Heartfelt thanks to whoever that was, and everyone who signed.

Thursday, May 05, 2005



bear damage
Originally uploaded by Alison Bechdel.
Bears tore down my birdfeeding setup last night. Can you see how they bent that cast-iron pipe? Man! The feeder itself is lying strewn across the lawn in many pieces. I know this has nothing to do with Dykes To Watch Out For, but I felt compelled to share it with you.

I am, therefore I blog.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


DTWOF dropped in Ithaca NY

I can’t say I was surprised recently when The Buzz, a weekly in Ithaca, dropped my strip. More surprising was the fact that the Gannett media conglomerate-owned paper wanted to pick it up in the first place. But they did. They ran it for a few months. And then the publisher decided to pull it. I've heard that 250 people have signed a petition to bring the strip back, which is great. But I’m wondering if maybe the Ithaca Times, the alternative weekly there, might be a better forum for a latte-sipping, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, left wing freak show comic strip about a bunch of lesbians. I e-mailed the editors of the Ithaca Times to suggest this, but inexplicably they have not yet replied. So if you’re an Ithacan, feel free to let the people at the Buzz know that you miss the strip (if indeed you do), or ask the Ithaca Times to pick it up. I’d really love for my work to continue to be available in Ithaca, especially since the erstwhile Ithaca-based Firebrand Books published my books for many years.

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