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READERS WATCH OUT FOR 'DYKES' FEATURE : The Self-Syndicated Comic Turns 20 and Appears in Its 10th Book

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READERS WATCH OUT FOR 'DYKES' FEATURE : The Self-Syndicated Comic Turns 20 and Appears in Its 10th Book

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Which syndicated comic just celebrated its 20th birthday, just got collected in its 10th book, and just isn't known to many readers of daily newspapers? The answer: "Dykes to Watch Out For."

Alison Bechdel's feature has 60 clients -- including many lesbian, gay, and feminist publications, some alternative weeklies, but no mainstream dailies. While comics sections

reflect America's diversity more than before -- and include gay characters in strips such as "Doonesbury" and "For Better or For Worse" -- these sections have yet to welcome lesbians or gays in starring roles. United Media does offer "Jane's World" by Paige Braddock on Comics.com.

Bechdel once had preliminary talks with a big syndicate, but it wanted to water down her comic. The Vermont creator isn't even focused on mainstream dailies, though she'd like more alternative-weekly clients. "The time is getting really ripe," she said. "People are a lot less frightened of homosexuality."

Not that her comic only focuses on that. "It's about life," Bechdel said, as lived by a mostly lesbian, multi- racial cast that also features heterosexual, male, and kid characters. The every-other-week, often-ten-panel strip is part character-driven soap opera and part op-ed column that includes everything from humorous criticism of Bush-administration policies to mention of the tough competition independent bookstores face from chains. To reflect that reality, Bechdel this year reluctantly closed the bookstore that served as a major setting in her comic. …

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