A special (effects) portrait of acclaimed comic book artist and graphic memoir writer Alison Bechdel as a video compendium for the “Dykes, Dads and Moms To Watch Out For” exhibition at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities) January 22 – February 25, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.

In the video, characters from Bechdel’s works are brought into comic book “conversations” with several members of the U of M faculty: Holly Hughes, Phoebe Gloeckner and Clare Croft. Bechdel provided a couple of new custom panels for this illustrative piece.


Film By: Donald Harrison & Sharad Kant Patel
Artwork: Alison Bechdel
Featuring: Holly Hughes (performance artist and professor of art & design/theatre & drama); Phoebe Gloeckner (graphic novelist and professor of art & design); Clare Croft (professor of dance & performance)
Exhibition Curator: Amanda Krugliak
Music: Auto-Marionettes
Special Thanks: Tom Bray and the U-M Stamps School of Art & Design


The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Each year we provide fellowships for University of Michigan faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on interdisciplinary projects. We also offer a wide array of public and scholarly events, including weekly brown bag talks, public lectures, conferences, art exhibits, and performances.

Our mission is to serve as a national and international centerpiece for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts at the University of Michigan. We exist to deepen synergies between the humanities, the arts and other regions of the university, to carry forward the heritage of the humanities, and to bring the voices of the humanities to public life.

Since 1987 the Institute has granted fellowships to over 350 Michigan Faculty Fellows, Michigan Graduate Student Fellows, and Visiting Fellows. In 2010-11, eight faculty fellows and six graduate student fellows are in residence. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities

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Drawing from the Pages of Alison Bechdel

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