Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wordstock is Wonderful!

I met my friend Elizabeth down at Portland’s homage to books known as Wordstock. It’s a huge two day affair at the convention center. We were all excited to see Alison Bechdel --the most amazing creator of Dykes to Watch Out For and author of the exquisite graphic memoir Fun Home. She was speaking on a panel about comics and politics.

I’ve been a huge fan of Alison’s since I was a baby dyke in college.

Alison was great on the panel, when she could get a word in. The two men on stage with her kind of took over. After it was over Elizabeth wanted to go up and say hello. “I don’t know,” I said. “I’m not good at these things.”

Just then Alison walked by us and Elizabeth stuck out her hand and started to tell her how much she enjoyed her work. Alison said thanks, then looked at me and said, “Don’t I know you?” I stuck my hand out, “Kathy Belge,” I said. “Dipstick!” she exclaimed. “I love your column.”

Can a cooler thing than that happen to me, ever? I don’t think so.


Anonymous said...

No false modesty, Dipstick :-)
You ladies are both great and impressing and inspiring and ... - I couldn't tell who to meet I'd regard being "a cooler thing".

Anyway - I used to have the (obviously naive) idea, that all of you famous american lesbians happen to know each other, which appparently turns out to be wrong. It's very nice to see that you L-celebrities are still good for a surprise. Plus, that you let us participate in these surprises.

And, by the way, thank you for that wonderful blog!

Unknown said...

Dipstick, I was able to catch the first part of Alison's presentation on Sunday am before heading off to a writing workshop. She was awesome! I also enjoyed the queer panel. Hopefully the planners of Wordstock will have more queer authors next year, including you & Lipstick!