Wednesday night, Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and graphic memoirist supreme, was signing copies of her latest, the collected 25 YEARS of her comic strip, "Dykes to Watch Out For," at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Since she is old, old pals with my friend Phranc, the Jewish lesbian folksinger and artist, we agreed to meet there so that we could both go HANG OUT afterwards with Alison. Which we did. And it was awesome. We went to Canter's Delicatessen on Fairfax and had so much fun. I might as well live on the moon for all the cartoonist shoptalk I get to do, so I was very, very happy. I hold Alison in the starry firmament of graphic novelists - it's her, Spiegelman, and "Persepolis" creator Marjane Satrapi. Alison's grasp of the human body - particularly the female form - is very complete. She draws like an angel, and she's a really nice person, too!
This is Alison and Phranc, posed before the pastries,