Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel says that she feels less inclined to define herself as a "queer artist" now than she has in the past.
"I've always been very proud to call myself a lesbian artist," Bechdel, who nabbed a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship "genius grant" last month, told HuffPost Live last week. "[But] at a certain point, I realized it actually has a limiting quality. People might not see you as a cartoonist if you describe yourself as a queer cartoonist."
Bechdel, 54, says choosing not to always identify as a "queer cartoonist" was a "seismic, psychic" shift, because "I'd gotten so used to thinking of myself as this marginal, subcultural animal who couldn't be part of a bigger world."
In addition, the "Fun Home" scribe says the revised mindset has "made me more ambitious."
"It's freed me up to write about stuff I wouldn't have taken on when I was younger when I felt very comfortable in that subcultural ghetto," she said.