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My New York Diary

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,743 ratings  ·  123 reviews


Back in print is the classic graphic novel by the acclaimed (though no longer working in comics) iconic artist Julie Doucet. In one of the first contemporary graphic novels, Doucet abruptly packs her bags and moves to New York. Trouble follows her in the form of a jealous boyfriend, insecurity about her talent, her worsening epile

Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published May 1999)
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Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Intimate, fun, and you won't breeze through a more aesthetically pleasing graphic novel than this one.

Doucet's insistence in drawing minutiae like bottles, wrappers, puddles, laundry, books, & junk all over the place elicits a feeling of permanence, of actually having lived in the Big Apple and having to let go of albatrosses clinging to the neck for the sake of success and a chance at literary triumph. It's brave & actually brings comfort to the idea of selling yourself & living Da Bomb bohemi
Mads P.
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Pretty unremarkable as far as graphic novels go; I've read much better about similar topics. The drawings were too crowded. The writing and story nothing special. Persepolis, Epileptic, Blankets, and others are much better at dealing with some of the same subject matter and have better illustrations. ...more
Hannah Garden
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh man I feel sort of surprised that I read this for the first time in 2012. It's impossible to really remember when you're first exposed to stuff, but as someone who's only been a comics person since 2010, Doucet feels like more advanced content than I would've guessed I'd've gotten to in the first two years.

I'm reading this new critical work on her right now though and if there's one good sign your critical work is doing a good job it's when it makes you super thirsty for the primary text. So
Doug Haynes
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This book just made me sad, in general and for the author, and to no useful purpose.

It's the story of an amazingly naive young girl making horrible choices and how wretched they make her life. In the end she escapes to what is, I guess, a better situation but there is no feeling of growth or learning in it.

Well illustrated and laid out just short on being a real winner for the story.
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I don't read many female authors. I don't know why. Maybe the patriarchy has gelled me a bias. But Julie Doucet is delightful. she is charming and witty, and pokes fun in the smallest details--from the posters and cockroaches in the background, to the weird details of things like penises and the names on punk shirts. She allows the character of herself to get seduced by the most scummy, moronic men and she handles it with the panache of a fairy. She loses her virginity in this book to a nonsense ...more
12/2/19: Still great, could look at her panels all day long.

Really great to revisit this book and marvel at Julie Doucet's amazingly skilled, cluttery drawings that give so much visual information - sometimes almost more than you feel you can take, but it's all so fascinating. I don't know how she pulls it off. I read this slim volume very slowly and found myself staring at the pages, trying to figure it all out. I'd forgotten how harrowing the main story was too, but certainly remembered all ov
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-books
My son had to read this for a university class and then write a paper about it. He asked me to read the paper and I was intrigued about the book. I was underwhelmed. While Doucet is clearly a talented artist, she's not so much a writer. I found the whole book evocative of Phoebe Gloeckner's The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Gloeckner came out ahead.

I came away from the book with a bad taste in my mouth. Doucet portrays herself as an innocent young girl - but puts herself into so many terrible situati
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
How to draw your heart out without being maudlin, romantic or boring.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Was not a fan of the artstyle, but i did mostly enjoy the story
Reading Julie Doucet's cartoon tale of her move from Montreal to New York to live with her boyfriend is pretty much like reading someone's diary, if that diary were illustrated with amazingly detailed and stylish drawings. I love Doucet's illustrations. Each panel is absolutely crammed with tiny, realistic touches: her apartment in New York, for example, looks like an actual small, cluttered living space. I can only imagine how long it must have taken her to draw this, and I wasn't surprised whe ...more
Emilia P
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Bam. I love you, Julie D.
You're kind of brutally honest about what's going on around you, the drugs you are doing, the seizures you are having in the bathtub, and the comics that have arrived in the mail from John Porcellino! In this fabulous installment of Julie's life, she chronicles a few choice moments of art school, and then skips ahead to a stay in New York with a kind of terrible, drug addicted, emotionally needy boyfriend, who I sympathized with a little when all was said and done. I'm
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cartooning
Good introduction to Doucet's work before taking the plunge in purchasing her Dirty Plotte anthology from Drawn and Quarterly. Her drawing style is very cool and gritty. She also gives credit to her reader and doesn't rely on 'telling' and instead takes the reader on a journey to figure it out themselves by showing before spilling the beans of whats going on in some of her comics.

I love reading the experience of Canadian cartoonists that take place in my country and also about their experience a
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this both depressing and infuriating to read as Doucet makes one naive and bad decision after another spiraling into a mess of her own creation. I get that people make mistakes but I'm sure the whole point is to learn from them, not to keep making them. The story aside, the illustrations are detailed and honest giving a no holds barred approach, which on one hand is great but on the other means there is a lot of information to take in. Overall it wasn't a bad book but not one I would rea ...more
Julie Doucet's works were recommended to me mostly for her deconstruction of What it Means to be Woman. This collection was the only one my local public library carries, and was one of the two main titles I was suggested to read.

It ended up being on my short hate-list of most boring, poorly-told graphic memoir garbage books that I couldn't even get through no matter how many times I tried.
lucy  black
I loved this. It seems to me to be an almost perfect example of this type of autobiographical graphic novel. It balances just the right amount of text/drawing, detail/big picture, sex/mundanity, politics/chatter. I really enjoyed the tone, historical details and funny references.
woody fanon
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
How obnoxious and boring can you get? This book is it.
Nov 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: 50-page-rule
It's rare that I'll put down a graphic novel rather than muscling through parts I don't like or enjoy. I put this one down after two or three of the vignettes/episodes. ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
[Comics Canon Review]

Julie Doucet is a master of visual detail. That she is also a master storyteller is merely a bonus.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 02, 2007 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Doucet's drawings of little bottles and the clutter that fills all her inhabitations. If I'm going to invest my time in a graphic novel I MUST like the drawings, otherwise I can't read it. I also liked how she was making comics in the book, using pen and ink. I just got done with my first real pen and ink drawing and I really liked using it and reading this book and seeing pen and ink work at the same time.

I liked the memoir stories much better than her actual New York Diary though. H
Printable Tire
Am I finally sick of the hipster in new york city comix genre? No! Not yet, though I'm sure some time in the future what I find to be anathema in prose form will also be detestable to me in comic form as well. I liked this artist's drawing style, the cluttered spaces and how everyone looks like a cat/adult baby, though after a while in can become a trite bit claustrophobic, nauseating and samey. Also, I know she is from Canada and English is her second language, but this book could have used a l ...more
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that renewed my love for comics. I had grown up reading the superhero stuff and some of the 'mature reader' stuff in the mid-80's like 'american flagg', 'dark knight returns' and 'cerebus'. Then, basically, high school set in and i stopped reading them altogether. I would glance occasionally at an issue of 'cerebus' whenever I was visiting argos books in grand rapids, but that was the extent of my comic reading.

'My New York Diary' was the first sort of auto-biographical comic I
Lauren orso
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
one of the things i like about julie doucet is, like, how little autonomy she writes herself as having, in spite of her awesome career and indie success. the pre-stories in this trade show her falling into sexual relationships she doesn't care about, and a catastrophic romantic relationship she all to willingly goes through the motions of, while describing the blase reality via thought bubble.

the meat of it is the four sections of her moving to new york to start, live and finish a disastrous re
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
(7/10) My New York Diary is a comic about domestic violence not polite enough to speak its name -- the kind of everyday domination men exercise over the women in their life. Lured by the image of a trendy artistic life in New York City, Doucet (or the comics-memoir version of her) stumbles into an unfamiliar and abusive world -- but this is not so much a phenomenon of New York as one of a patriarchal society.

In comics this idea was first really articulated by Phoebe Gloeckner, and Gloeckkner is
Jeff Buddle
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read it before, but I like re-reading comix because it requires less time investment than text. Julie Doucet's "My New York Diary" can be read in a sitting. But there's much reward in her little confessional book. Its insight into the life of a unique artist, a window into the squalid New York of the early 90s. The artwork conveys much of the mood, crowded little panels replete with scurrying roaches, grimy and cluttered apartments, litter-strewn streets. It's the art that fills in the gaps ...more
Rachel Drrmrmrr
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lately I've been getting angry with myself for going too quickly through these comics. My work friend/horrible enemy has turned me on to these autobiographical comics and I love them. This was a perfect read for my train ride home. Was able to enjoy it without blowing through it.

Having similar feelings about living in New York I really liked how the story ended. You give something a shot, realize it's not for you and move on without any regrets. Her style is a good mix and I really like how she
Samantha Lefave
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd rank this in the middle aisle of likability for me (I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could). The storyline itself isn't unique to many New Yorkers, and I kept finding myself being distracted and irritated by all the spelling and grammar errors littered throughout. I was also a little irritated with her, as she's a pretty naive character. That said, her drawing is really well done. I enjoy her cluttered strips—she really takes the time to infuse the details that encompass life in NYC. This novel is ...more
Chelsea Martinez
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A few early longish pieces from Julie Doucet; I liked the very first one, about being in art school, best. As in "Melody", another woman-comics-artist penned book I read earlier this year, the eponymous story deals a lot with having a deadbeat, manipulative male partner; Doucet depicts the mind-altering portion of their relationship, and its effects on her health, very skillfully. I read an older edition of this book and I wish it had been the newer one (the one this goodreads page is for) becau ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: big-l-little-l
If this were any longer, I probably wouldn't have finished it. Though autobiographical and intended to read like a diary, the protagonist (and thus the author) came across as helpless victim of circumstance who couldn't even be strong enough to change the name on the electric bill when she sublets her apartment to a friend. There are virtually no redeeming characters in the book and the style of the drawings began to seem frantic and cluttered. I love graphic novels/comics, so in general I'm pre ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Read this for the first time in college and just read it again today. I think before I couldn't recognize Julie's random sexual encounters for the violence they were; many of them border on rape or simply are rape, though only Julie can really speak to that. Anyway, content warning for sexual violence, obviously. In terms of the art, the bobblehead, uncute faux chibi style of Julie's characters doesn't exactly grab me. Overall, she captures the pretentious / boring milieu of art school, as well ...more
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Underground cartoonist and artist, best known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary.

She began cartooning in 1987. Her efforts quickly began to attract critical attention, and she won the 1991 Harvey Award for "Best New Talent".

Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York. Although she moved to Seattle the following year, her experiences in New York formed the basis

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