10/06/2014 11:43 am ET Updated Oct 06, 2014

Alison Bechdel's Next Book Will Be 'Not So Intimate'

Famed cartoonist, writer and feminist Alison Bechdel is ready to leave her "intimate" works in the past.

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Friday, the "Bechdel test" founder explained her plans for her future work. Her family might be relieved to hear that it doesn't include them.

"Well I just spent a long time writing a couple, kind of intense, family memoirs -- 'Fun Home,' a book about my dad, and 'Are You My Mother,' which was about my mother and about therapy," Bechdel said. "And all that stuff is very exhausting. It puts a certain amount of strain on my family members and I feel like I want to give everyone a break."

While she hopes to continue doing autobiographical graphic novels, she'll be focusing more on her own experiences going forward.

"I can't seem to stop talking about myself, but this will hopefully be a lighter [work] -- in some ways, a return to the tone of my comic strip," she said.

The premise of her next book -- "our cultural obsession with exercise" -- does indeed seem lighthearted compared to her earlier works.

Watch the rest of Alison Bechdel's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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