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In Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

            Adolescence period is considered a time of experimentation, transformation, and revelation for some people because they are going through cultural, physical, and psychological changes. For instance, In Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, author Alison Bechdel shows some youth experiences like her faltering relationship with her father, the breakdown of her parents' marriage, and her own explorations of sexuality with one of the most intelligent and insightful autobiographical comics. Bechdel explores a different way of an autobiography by focusing on the examination of gender characters entailed by her and her father's homosexuality. In addition, this book expounds different visual strategies such as transition craft, emotions thru lines, and combination of image-text, which are not only helping to emphasize specific moments of Bechdel's life, but also as benefiting some readers to understand and feel connected to the writer. .
             Bechdel uses the transition craft visual strategy, which provides detailed background by narrating her childhood with her parents and siblings through different panels. Bechdel by drawing separate scenes from her infancy, puberty, and young maturity finds patterns that some readers can reconstruct by moving around the narrative in a flexible, non-linear manner. For example, use of scene-to-scene panel can be represented when Alison accidentally cut her finger and smeared her blood in her journal. These three panels, the Spartan model, her hand and knife, and a bloody paper are making a connection where readers can use their imagination to complete the whole scene. Panels can transport individuals through time and space. Also, this scene is providing a psychological complex to search for personal identity, how important for some adolescents to establish autonomy in their sexual definition. "A symbol of self-reliance/ at any rate, it seemed like something a lesbian would have.

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