The cultural critic discusses her 2018 book on pioneering comics artist Julie Doucet. Info
Writer, cultural critic, and onetime Madisonian Anne Elizabeth Moore visits here to discuss her 2018 book Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work Of Julie Doucet. It’s a deep examination of Québécois comic artist and writer Doucet’s work, and its very existence makes the historical literature around underground comics that much more complete. After all, we wouldn’t consider it complete without mention of, say, R. Crumb or Daniel Clowes, but Doucet’s accomplishments, including in her long-running series Dirty Plotte, did just as much to crack open the medium’s expressive range and blaze a path for under-served voices. Doucet retired from making comics in 2010, but by that point she'd already made a resounding impact with autobiographical pieces that bridged the filthy and the fantastic, and as Moore has explained in one excerpt from the book, Doucet approached sex and specifically female sexual agency with an approach that was both sophisticated and unsparing.
Moore is uniquely well positioned to illuminate Doucet's work and its context. Moore has edited two past editions of the Best American Comics series, served as an editor and co-publisher of the late and legendary Punk Planet, and has covered comics extensively via her interviews and essays. Her 2017 book Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes and her 2007 book Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, And The Erosion Of Integrity both offer a variety of perspectives on the cultural battles in which an artist like Doucet might be caught up. Hopefully there will be time at this reading for Moore discuss all sorts of other things, from her work as an Onion writer to her brief tenure as editor-in-chief of the Chicago Reader. And if you've yet to delve into to Doucet's work or Moore's, this is a great opportunity to get introduced. —Scott Gordon