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September 17, 2014


Congratulations To Cartoonist Alison Bechdel For Winning A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant

imageNewspapers and wire stories all over the country are carrying the news of this latest round of MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipients. Included on this list is the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, described this way in the LA Times articled linked to above:
Alison Bechdel, 54, Bolton, Vt.

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist

The innovative comic artist known for the graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother is at an artist residency in Italy and initially didn't pick up the phone when the MacArthur Foundation called. When the phone rang again, she figured it must be important. It was crazy, she said. "It was a little garbled, then I heard the person on the other end say the words MacArthur Foundation, and the world started spinning."
In addition to being one of comics' singular talents, Bechdel is an excellent advocate for the comics world -- smart and articulate and engaged with her readers -- and I suspect she will be excellent in this new role as well.

I also like that as I get older and recognize more recipients on the lists that come out how confident I am that comics-makers deserve every consideration and every honor they receive. They are as valuable and significant as any group of artists out there, and I look forward to constant reminders of this for the next several decades.

The winners receive $625,000 with no strings attached as to how they use it.
 
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