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Interview With Julie Doucet

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Aidan Koch, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Last week in Ladydrawers, we talked to established and celebrated Alison Bechdel about challenges she faces in the comics industry. But what about the creators that find those challenges insurmountable?

One of the most celebrated (and beloved) female comics artists in North America is Julie Doucet, who stopped making comics somewhere around the turn of the century. In 2007, Drawn and Quarterly re-released a collection of her dream stories, "My Most Secret Desire," and Anne Elizabeth Moore took the occasion to talk about her experiences in the industry she'd abandoned, despite being one of the few women artists to achieve such acclaim. Her intimate story paints a disturbing portrait of how structural inequities can affect individual creators.

Aidan Koch is an artist currently working out of Portland, Oregon. Her first graphic novella, "The Whale" was released in October 2010. She is currently scheming up new books, playing music nonstop and setting forth for wild adventures. Visit her web site at: www.aidankoch.com

To see past Ladydrawers comics, click here.

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Ladydrawers

Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an artist currently working out of Portland, OR. Her first graphic novella, The Whale was released in October 2010. She is currently scheming up new books, playing music non-stop, and setting forth for wild adventures.
www.aidankoch.com

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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Interview With Julie Doucet

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Aidan Koch, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

Last week in Ladydrawers, we talked to established and celebrated Alison Bechdel about challenges she faces in the comics industry. But what about the creators that find those challenges insurmountable?

One of the most celebrated (and beloved) female comics artists in North America is Julie Doucet, who stopped making comics somewhere around the turn of the century. In 2007, Drawn and Quarterly re-released a collection of her dream stories, "My Most Secret Desire," and Anne Elizabeth Moore took the occasion to talk about her experiences in the industry she'd abandoned, despite being one of the few women artists to achieve such acclaim. Her intimate story paints a disturbing portrait of how structural inequities can affect individual creators.

Aidan Koch is an artist currently working out of Portland, Oregon. Her first graphic novella, "The Whale" was released in October 2010. She is currently scheming up new books, playing music nonstop and setting forth for wild adventures. Visit her web site at: www.aidankoch.com

To see past Ladydrawers comics, click here.

Click here or on the comic below to open it in a new window and click again to zoom in.
Ladydrawers

Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an artist currently working out of Portland, OR. Her first graphic novella, The Whale was released in October 2010. She is currently scheming up new books, playing music non-stop, and setting forth for wild adventures.
www.aidankoch.com

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Related Stories

Julie Doucet: It's Amazing I'm Able to Make a Living
By Aidan Koch, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
Julie Doucet: How Does It Feel to Be Placed Among the Comic Greats?
By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Aidan Koch, Truthout | Graphic Journalism