Wild Imagination: a Conversation with Julie Doucet
The iconic underground artist opens up about her inspirations, struggles, and recent return to comics.
Oct 13, 2023
Since she began self-publishing her photocopied zine, Dirty Plotte, in 1988, Montreal native Joulie Doucet has become one of the most influential and beloved figures in independent comics. Mixing autobiography, diary, and fiction, and uncommonly frank about sex and gender, Dirty Plotte shifted the boundaries of graphic storytelling. In the ensuing years, Doucet has published more than a dozen graphic books and a collection of poetry, made prints, collages, and sculptures, and exhibited her work around the world. Time Zone J, published in 2022, marked her return to drawing comics after nearly two decades. This summer, Doucet and I exchanged a series of emails. Magazine has regularly commissioned work from comics creators and illustrators, and we could not think of a more iconic artist to speak with about the evolution of her work, her influences and travels, and what lies ahead.
—Alex Halberstadt, Senior Writer, Creative Team
I felt like a bottle of ink spilled onto a page: I put everything that went through my mind on paper.
I wanted to—needed to—deconstruct everything.
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