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Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For Paperback – October 1, 2005

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 11 of 11 in the Dykes to Watch Out For Series

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Alison Bechdel has been writing and illustrating "Dykes to Watch Out For" since 1982. Her books have won multiple awards, and she was most recently a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award and two Eisner awards. She lives in Vermont and is working on a grap
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Product Details

  • Series: Dykes to Watch Out for
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1 Cmc edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838331
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had never heard of Alison Bechdel or Dykes to Watch Out For until I was fortunate enough to hear her speak at a diversity conference I attended. She was witty and poignant and I picked up this book and bought it. So I started at the end of a series which I have now gone back and read from the beginning and I love it! This particular book was a great collection (obviously enough to hook me in) that made me laugh, think, and reflected moments in my own life, despite my being heterosexual. What I love about her characters is they are real, smart, interesting women. What I hope for is the day when they are present in the comic pages of national newspapers rather than just liberal lesser known publications. One day we won't have to have a special Lesbian/Gay genre...it will just be incorporated into mainstream media the way the heterosexual experience is today. Support such a world by investing in her work and supporting others like her. Open your mind to new experiences and laugh a little in the process.
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The graphic novel, Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For, by Allison Bechdel, confronts contemporary societal issue such as the "War on Terror," breast cancer, homosexuality, rampant consumerism, motherhood, and popular culture. Bechdel's use of humor challenges authority by refusing to take it seriously. She attacks the deliberate choices people make: hypocrisies, affectations and mindless following of social expectations. The text does not do away with women's feelings of powerlessness; instead it highlights the political nature of women. Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For inspires as well as entertains.
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My only complaint is that the books don't come out more often! Other than that, Bechdel's humorous social commentary is as fresh as ever. I've been a fan for over 15 years and am always impatient for the next book to come out. Sure, I can go online and read the strip there, but it seems more gratifying to me to read them all at once in book form.
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The author warns us that she's not going to make us laugh very much. But there were one or two good chuckles for me anyway. The characters continue to lead believable, interesting lives and they face the sort of dilemmas that don't crop up in everyone's life, actually, as well as the moral posers that do. I hope I can interest my kids in the series at some point.
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Alison Bechdel has really outdone herself in this latest collection of DTWOF. The clear (but not in-your-face) theme in this one is the chronic anxiety that underlies everyday life, but an anxiety Bechdel thinks has been manipulated and artificially enhanced by the current "war on terror" culture in which we live. Enemies abroad and domestic, heightened security alerts, on-going vigilance against the homeland's enemies, suspicion, paranoia, anger, aggressiveness, and on top of it all the oppressiveness of war: these are internalized sources of anxiety that play themselves out here in the on-going stories of the DTWOF regulars. The trenchant humor is still present, but there's little light-heartedness, and Bechdel makes all of her adult characters--even Stuart, easily one of the most lovably unflappable of them all--look slightly haggard.

Some of the vignettes: Raffi, son of Clarice and Toni, is imbibing macho norms of honor (aka violence) at school and on computer games; Ginger is dealing with self-absorbed students indifferent to social injustice and clueless about the war, but up in arms about class requirements; Sidney comes down with breast cancer, and her oncologist, a walking encyclopedia of martial slogans ("war on cancer"), progressively riles Mo, who's already wigged-out about the state of the world; and relationships (I won't give away which ones) are seriously threatened by loneliness and desperation-inspired infidelities. Everyone feels the pressure. As Ginger tells Mo at one point, "I'm managing. When my panic about Bush provoking a nuclear terrorist attack gets too intense, I switch to my fear of being rounded up and shipped to a gulag for intellectuals in Kentucky" (p. 119).

Still, there's hope.
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