The Urchins would like to extend our very excited congratulations to Alison Bechdel on that, you know, Guggenheim thing. No big deal, right? 220 Fellowships are awarded each year anyway. Out of somewhere between 3,500 and 4,000 applications. Not to mention the fact that the Fellowships are determined by former fellows, experts in their respective fields.
I haven’t had a chance to research the statistics yet. You know, about how many graphic illustrators have been selected in the Fellowship’s history. Women graphic illustrators, even. Gay women graphic illustrators, actually. All I know (and this fact wasn’t heavily researched either) is that despite never having met Bechdel, I felt a most extreme pride in hearing the news, and I rushed to my computer to write this very information.
Oh, but before I rushed home, I bought a copy of Bechdel’s latest book, Are You My Mother?, which was just released on Tuesday, and read through two-thirds of it. I guess that was all the research I really needed.
So, once again, a tremendous congrats to Alison Bechdel, whose books make us laugh, think, and feel!