Synopses & Reviews
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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
The iconic author of My New York Diary returns with a collection of dreamy, collaged photo comics
Julie 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.