Never an early adaptor, I'm finally getting around to reading my first-ever graphic novel. I think I had held off so long because so many books in graphic format are about superheroes or have other fantasy themes that don't usually interest me.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is an ironic and literary reference-laced memoir of her coming of age, her coming out, the loss of her father, and her learning of her father's double life. All of this happened in Ms. Bechdel's life in rapid succession and the book examines all the various factors and themes from varying angles. The graphic format is perfect for this story--the words tell one story and the illustrations counterpoint it and add detail.
And the graphic novel format is a natural for Ms. Bechdel. She has had long running success with her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and is adept in telling stories with words and pictures.