So you love Alison Bechdel, but you’ve read everything she’s ever written. What’s a graphic memoir lover to do? Well, read some more, of course. Tomorrow marks the release of Nicole Georges’ engaging first graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, a book that is sure to appeal to anyone who loves Bechdel’s work, or just likes smart writing that packs an emotional punch. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a list of worthy “successors” to Alison Bechdel (but really, just similar writers, since we’re hoping she isn’t done yet) that will have any fan neck deep in good books for the foreseeable future. After the jump, check out our picks, and as always, if we missed your favorite, help us out in the comments.
Chicken-raising Portland zinester Nicole Georges’ first memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, is akin to Bechdel’s work both in spirit and talent. Secrets abound here — over the course of the book, Georges finds out the truth about her father (alive, says a psychic), and tells her mother the truth about herself (she’s gay). Father issues and sexuality? Sounds like someone else we know — and in fact, Bechdel herself has thrown her hat into the ever-growing ring of Georges-admirers, describing the memoir as “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once.”