Bruce Bechdel had an unhealthy obsessive passion for historical restoration (pg 7) of the family's gothic Victorian house they lived in. It's unhealthy because his compulsive ways were affecting the family as he forces the kids to help him modify the house. He was a high school teacher, a part-time director for a funeral home (pg 33) and was closeted homosexual "who, as it turns out, was involved with his male students and a family babysitter"(cover). After Alison announced that she was a lesbian, her mother revealed her father was gay too (pg 23). She looks back and realized small hints that suggested it and soon everything starts to make more sense.
|[Page 220 illustrates the little awkward moment between father and daughter on the way to the theatre. Them opening up towards each other about their sexuality.]|
Alison Bechdel illustrates another graphic memoir called Are You My Mother? which now focuses on her mother. A character that was not well-rounded or further developed in Fun Home. It's something she has been working on for five years. A book that would wonderfully tie in with her first. It's going to be very interesting to see through her mother's viewpoint of her life and why she decides to stick with Bruce for a very long time.
The following links leads to her progress on her latest work:
Painful Long Process
Accumulation of Work
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Print.
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