Considered by many to be one of the most influential
cartoonists ever, Julie Doucet created an iconic body of work in the ten short
years she solely devoted herself to her trailblazing comic-book series Dirty
Plotte. Her comics are densely inked and detailed with a pulsating neurosis
from a decidedly female point of view that set the comic-book world on its head
when the series debuted. Doucet returns to comics after a 5-year hiatus with a
reworked edition of her dream journal My Most Secret Desire, complete
with never-before-published material.
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.
From the Kirkus
review: a pioneering female
comics artist, Julie Doucet became famous in the late ’80s and early ’90s for
her unapologetic portrayals of female sexuality and desire and her explosive,
chaotic drawing style. In works like Dirty Plotte (“plotte” is French
slang for a part of the female anatomy), and Lift Your Leg, My Fish Is Dead,
Doucet blew the sometimes-clannish world of male graphic-artists wide open,
using material from her own life to examine the female psyche.
In My Most Secret Desire, Doucet
once again explores her own unconscious for material. It is an unconnected series of hectic dreams Doucet has experienced, in which she turns into a man, gives birth
to struggling kittens, goes bra-shopping during the Apocalypse and launched into
deep space with only her mother’s cookies to keep her company.
“I am not the type of artist who can
self-analyze herself,” says Doucet. “I don’t feel I exposed myself too much.
There are things I would absolutely never talk about. And I won’t tell you what
they are!” This version of My Most Secret Desire is in fact a re-worked
reissue of a dream journal that was published in 1995, and is being heralded by
fans as a triumphant return after a five-year hiatus from comics.
“Actually, it is not a break. I quit,”
notes Doucet, who’s spent the intervening years working on woodcuts, sculptures
and writing. “After 12 years of comics, nothing but comics...The thing is that
to be able to live off my comics I had to work quite a lot, so I didn’t have
any energy to do anything else, art-wise, not even having a sketchbook. [And] I
got very tired of the all-boys crowd.”
Drawn & Quarterly, hardback, 96
pages, published June 2006