Doucet’s first book in a decade is a collection of glamorous and nostalgic photo comics. She applies the form’s traditional tropes—campy word bubbles, strips and splats—to images culled from 1970s Italian comics, vintage catalogues and housekeeping magazines.Toronto Life
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 multi-faceted artist combine her many talents into one genre-defying masterwork.
Though Doucet stopped drawing comics over 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.
Praise for Carpet Sweeper Tales
Doucet has already made her statement ... communication in these pages is not impossible, but from a distance it seems abstract.The Comics Journal
Carpet Sweeper Tales is comic-like, but rather than being made through lithographic prints or drawings, it is collaged from clippings from 1970s Italian photo novels.Rachel Davies, Rookie
This is an offbeat and startling new collection by a major voice in feminist and underground comics...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.Publishers Weekly
The whimsically titled pieces in Carpet Sweeper Tales offer an intriguing form of abstract storytelling... the abstract nature of the work leads the reader to seek and imagine multiple layers of meaning in the strange sounds and thoughtful visual juxtapositions.Hans Rollman, PopMatters
Carpet Sweeper Tales is what a graphic novel might have looked like if the Dadaists had gotten a hold of it.Laia Garcia, Lenny Letter
A beautiful collage comic, full of romance and drama. Its unique style of storytelling reflects Doucet’s remarkable grasp of written and visual language and culture.Ric Kasini Kadour, Kolaj Magazine