My New York Diary
THE CLASSIC GRAPHIC NOVEL, BACK IN PRINT
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I love reading the experience of Canadian cartoonists that take place in my country and also about their experience a ...more
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.
I liked the memoir stories much better than her actual New York Diary though. H ...more
'My New York Diary' was the first sort of auto-biographical comic I ...more
the meat of it is the four sections of her moving to new york to start, live and finish a disastrous re ...more
In comics this idea was first really articulated by Phoebe Gloeckner, and Gloeckkner is ...more
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 ...more
Honest, to-the-bone funny and continually wide-eyed even as she is totally entrenched among titans of 90s comic publishing, this memoir overflows its pages literally and figuratively. Doucet's artwork is mind-bending, you need to take it in slowly, then all at once. It's a clusterf**k, but an ...more
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 ...more