Fangirls, I have wanted this book for almost a year now, since I saw the Tony Awards with a scene from the musical based off of this comic. I never bought it because it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind until I had left the comic shop. Luckily, my girl Ashley knows me incredibly well, and bought it for me for Christmas. It took me awhile to get to it, but once I did, I didn’t stop.
Fun Home is kind of an autobiography, but is mostly about the author’s family. The Bechdels seemed like an interesting bunch, and getting to take a peek into Alison Bechdel’s childhood and her early adulthood was wonderful.
I don’t want to talk about the plot all that much, but the tragicomic focuses on Alison Bechdel and her father. She has two siblings and a mother as well, but the comic seems less about them. The Bechdels lived in a mansion; a very ornate house, and owned a funeral home (nicknamed the Fun Home).
Bechdel’s art is, in true form to a couple of her pages here, orgasmic. The attention to detail within their grand house, and the many libraries, is nothing short of astounding. The book is entirely in black, white, and blue, which is incredibly fitting for the subject matter.
If you’re looking for a comic about life, sexuality, and growing up, this is definitely the book for you. Hell, if you’re looking for a comic, this is the book for you. Fun Home exceeded my expectations, and now I really want to go see the musical based off of it.
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