“I quit comics because I got completely sick of it. I was drawing comics all the time and didn’t have the time or energy to do anything else. That got to me in the end. I never made enough money from comics to be able to take a break and do something else. Now I just can’t stand comics.”
Julie Doucet (1965- ) is from Montreal, Canada where she attended art school where she completed a degree in printing arts. Long known as ‘the female Robert Crumb’, she began her confrontational and controversial comic work in 1987 with a minicomic called Dirty Plotte (plotte is French for cunt) before a further 12 issues were professionally published between 1991 and 1998. Dirty Plotte is a collection of dreams, diaries and stories - often shocking, usually funny - which won her the 1991 Harvey Award for Best New Talent. With the final issue of Dirty Plotte in 1998 Julie abandoned the comic book medium and went back to printing woodcuts, linocuts, silkscreen printing, followed by an abundant production of artist’s books.
My New York Diary
Drawn & Quarterly, 1999
In 1991, Julie Doucet left Montreal and headed to New York. Trouble followed her in the form of a jealous boyfriend, insecurity about her talent, her worsening epilepsy, and a tendency to self-medicate with booze and drugs.
My Most Secret Desire
Drawn & Quarterly, 1995
My Most Secret Desire is considered to be Doucet’s most innovative work, exploring the longings, pressures, and exploits of the feminine subconscious. Nightmarish tales of pregnancy, menstruation, sex changes, and boyfriends haunt Doucet’s nocturnal psyche with a feverish and surreal pitch.
Lève Ta Jambe Mon, Poisson Est Mort!
[Lift Your Leg, My Fish Is Dead]
Drawn & Quarterly, 1993
Strange and unconventional stories from the unfettered imagination of Julie Doucet - fatal kisses, misadventures with tampons, ecstatic lovemaking with giant beer bottles and more.
My New New York Diary (2010) with Michel Gondry
365 Days: A Diary (2008)
Elle Humour (2006)
Lady Pep (2004)
Long Time Relationship (2001)
The Madame Paul Affair (2000)
My New York Diary (1999)
My Most Secret Desire (1995)
Lift Your Leg, My Fish Is Dead (1993)
Dirty Plotte #1-12 (1991-1998)
The Comics Journal #141