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Julie Doucet is widely regarded as one of the top female cartoonists working in graphic novels. She has worked with Drawn & Quarterly since 1990 and has published five graphic novels. Editions of her books have been published in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and Finland, and her original artwork has been exhibited across the world.
Doucet follows her popular underground comics series Dirty Plotte with an autobiographical graphic novel chronicling her six-month stint as a New Yorker. The book opens when Doucet is 17, just graduated from an all-girls' school in Canada. Before she leaves for New York, she loses her virginity, confronts the deadly monotony of art school and endures a suicide attempt by an odd and pathetic boyfriend. It's soon clear that Doucet learns things the hard way, but in New York City she finds another boyfriend and gives love a second shot. It isn't long, though, before she's in a downward spiral, suffering from both a mysterious bout of seizures and the new boyfriend--who, it turns out, is grimly possessive and a bit of a psycho to boot--so Doucet must plan an escape from him. Full of their author's most intimate and painful moments, Doucet's comics bring a depth of humanity and a deadpan humor to a succession of personal calamities. Doucet's unapologetic candor captures the harsh realities of her life and the pluck (and luck) that gets her out of one self-inflicted jam after another. Much like her life, her black-and-white drawings are complex, detailed and cluttered, and transform the hard knocks and bad decisions of a somewhat innocent underground cartoonist into wonderfully charming tales of urban survival. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"All of Doucet's panels charm with their clutter and with her self-portrait as a sartorially challenged, scraggly haired waif (literally wide-eyed) who's not as weak as she first seems... Spunky and smart, Doucet is the true voice of grrrrl power." - Kirkus Reviews; "Much like her life, her black-and-white drawings are complex, detailed and cluttered, and transform the hard knocks and bad decisions of a somewhat innocent underground cartoonist into wonderfully charming tales of urban survival." - Publishers Weekly; "Doucet has sweetness and daring, and a self-destructive melancholy no male cartoonist has come close to capturing" - The Village Voice"