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Official Genius Alison Bechdel’s Next Memoir To Focus On Her Fitness Obsession

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Hot on the heels of being named a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has revealed through her publisher the subject of her third comics memoir; her lifelong obsession with health and fitness.

The Secret To Superhuman Strength does not mark a radical career switch for Bechdel into superhero comics. According to an announcement in the New York Times, the book will focus instead on both Bechdel's personal relationship with exercise and the history of fitness fads in America.

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‘Fun Home’ Creator Alison Bechdel Receives MacArthur Genius Grant

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is virtually a household name at this point. Her comics, including Fun Home and Dykes To Watch Out For, are deservedly critically acclaimed, and 'The Bechdel Test' has become an increasingly relevant shorthand for analysis of gender diversity in fiction. In other words, she's a genius, and today, that became official.

Bechdel is one of the latest recipients of The MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grant," which honors "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction," and comes with an award of $625,000 that can be spent any way the recipient sees fit.

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Link Ink: First Look At New Movie Shredder, South Carolina’s Comic Punishment And Wolverine Vs. Bullying

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: Stephen Colbert’s ‘Iron Man’ Goatee, Gotham City’s Map And ‘Big Hero 6′ Details

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Check out all of Thursday's links after the jump.

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Comics Nominees Announced for the 24th GLAAD Media Awards

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The Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD media awards, which "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." Included in the announcement are the nominees for Outstanding

Comics Pride: 50 Comics and Characters That Resonate with LGBT Readers

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We are not the mainstream.

That's a truth understood by anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or in any other way queer. We are not the audience. We are not the market. We are not the

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Link Ink: Wonder Woman Mixes it Up, Paper Gundam and Battle Babies

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Mixing: KitchenAid is offering a classic-style (non "New 52") Wonder Woman stand mixer in Brazil.

Musicals: A musical based on Alison Bechdel's autobiographical Fun Home graphic novel is currently in development by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori.

Fundraisers: The Daily Cartoonist is currently runn

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MoCCA 2007 Offers Singular Reading Experiences

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Day one of the sixth annual Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art festival (MoCCA) in NYC was great fun, with a significantly increased amount of exhibitor space than I recall from past years -- including a swank "skylight" room on the 7th floor of the Puck building

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Stranger in a Strange Land

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Props go to John (and Robert A. Heinlein) for lending me the title of this post, for today was my first foray into the world of Indie comics as I traversed through MoCCA 2007. As a relative newcomer to comics, my experience thus far has kept me in the

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You Know Graphic Novels Really Have Arrived When…

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Alison Bechdel's award-winning and fantastic graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, hit the trade paperback circuit earlier this month and is prominently displayed next to prose bestsellers on the 3 for 2 fron

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