The quality of writing in "Fun Home" and "Are You My Mother" is really excellent, and the drawing is, too. I have to admit that while I was never a fan of Bechdel's previous long running strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" - I was glad it existed, and knew people who LOVED that strip.
I thought "Fun Home" was a very analytical and moving book, that operates on many simultaneous levels. "Fun Home" is a book that will be historically important for many questioning/LBGTI, etc. youth. This is also a book for straight people - especially young college students - who would never otherwise read a "gay" book. And for people who think comics are a lesser art form. And for people who scoff at autobiography.
I wish the South Carolina legislature would be forced to READ this book(and then pass a written exam to prove they actually read it), before they would be allowed to confiscate any budget for books.
This book is about Bechdel's sexuality - and her father's - and her mother's - but it is also about growing up as a girl, living in a small town, having a teacher as a parent, having family involved in the funeral home business, going against the grain and living in a fabulously restored victorian house, her parent's marriage, frustrated and thwarted adult ambition, questions around suicide - and storytelling, memory and drawing. It is no more about sexuality than say, Art Speigelman's "MAUS" in which straight people have troubled romances, marriage, children and separation during WW2. In MAUS, Jewish identity under siege is also a central theme, as well as efforts to deny, conceal this identity to "pass" to survive. Which parallels some of the issues in "Fun Home".
How can members of a legislature be so dumb ? You'd think they would have to pass a reading comprehension test to get the job ?