Cover image for Carpet sweeper tales / Julie Doucet.
Carpet sweeper tales / Julie Doucet.
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Montréal, Québec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2016.

Physical Description:
183 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 17 cm


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DOU Graphic Novel Adult Graphic Novels

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The iconic author of My New York Diary returns with a collection of dreamy, collaged photo comicsJulie Doucet is an artist who has mastered many voices and styles, from her landmark and medium-defining early work in comics with her comic book series Dirty Plotte and the classic graphic novel My New York Diary , to her linocut and collage work in Lady Pep and Long Time Relationship . Most recently, Doucet has focused primarily on collage, crafting impeccable zines, prints, and other ephemera. In Carpet Sweeper Tales , her first new book in almost a decade, we see this multifaceted artist combine her many talents into one genre-defying masterwork.

Though Doucet stopped drawing comics more than ten years ago, here she revisits the art form, pulling images from 1970s Italian fumetti or photonovels to create her own collage comics. Using vintage women's and home decorating magazines, Doucet collages a unique dialogue of love and travel between characters sitting in classic cars, driving through cities and pristine countryside. This book is the first to combine Doucet's love of collage with her gift at comics storytelling. The result is a collection of lighthearted stories that play upon the disconnects between 1970s imagery and our modern world. Lost in translation, the dialogue is stilted, the characters alien, the mood always playful. Carpet Sweeper Tales is a milestone in a career filled with milestone achievements.

Author Notes

Julie Doucet was born near Montreal in 1965 and is best known for her frank, funny, and sometimes shocking comic book series Dirty Plotte, which changed the landscape of alternative cartooning. In the 1990s, Doucet moved between New York, Seattle, Berlin, and Montreal, publishing the graphic novels My New York Diary , Lift Your Leg, My Fish Is Dead! , My Most Secret Desire , and The Madame Paul Affair . In 2000, she quit comics to concentrate on other art forms; from these experiments emerged the collection of engravings and prints Long Time Relationship , and her one-year visual journal, 365 Days . Her post-comics artwork includes silkscreened artist's books, text-based collages, and animation films.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This is an offbeat and startling new collection by a major voice in feminist and underground comics. Doucet (My New York Diary, Dirty Plotte) gave up traditional drawn cartooning a decade ago; here she rearranges found elements into a new work, built from images from Italian photographic romance comics (fumetti) clipped and shuffled into new narratives accompanied by clipped typography as free-form dialogue. The reader is instructed "read it out loud," and the conversations take on a surreal, peppy, hip-hop-rhythmed cadence. Accompanied by the oh-so-serious longing gazes of the models, the gleefully unconventional panels evoke a beatnik poetry jam, or a spoken word reading of James Joyce or Spike Milligan. The dialogue appears to be babble at first glance, and the serious-faced characters take on the roles of current culture's celebrants, spouting carefully restricted pop advertising slogans in retro typography. The playful combination of visual, verbal, and even aural elements (if you read the book aloud as suggested) that make up these avant-garde collage romances display Doucet's fine eye and ear for storytelling outside of traditional pencil-and-ink comics. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.