Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is scheduled to be named Vermont's latest Cartoon Laureate in a formal ceremony taking place April 6 on the Vermont State House floor. Bechdel will become the state's third Cartoonist Laureate following the previous appointments of James Kolchalka and Ed Koren.
"We applaud The Center for Cartoon Studies' choice of Alison Bechdel to serve as Vermont's next cartoonist laureate," Senators Patrick Leah, Bernie Sanders, and Repreentative Peter Welch said in a joint statement. "For three decades, Ms. Bechdel's talents have been well known to Vermonters, and we have proudly watched her achieve the national acclaim she deserves. Her scope of work - from books to Broadway - has added to our national discourse. Congratulations to Alison Bechdel for continuing another unique tradition that sets Vermont apart."
Although born in Pennsylvania, Bechdel has called Vermont home, living currently in Bolton.
Vermont is the sole state that has a formal Cartoonist Laureate position.