Time Zone J

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About the Author
Julie Doucet was born near Montreal in 1965 and is best known for her frank, funny, and sometimes shocking comic book series Dirty Plotte, which changed the landscape of alternative cartooning. In the 1990s, Doucet moved between New York, Seattle, Berlin, and Montreal, publishing the graphic novels My New York Diary, Lift Your Leg, My Fish is Dead!, My Most Secret Desire, and The Madame Paul Affair in this time. In 2000, she quit comics to concentrate on other art forms; from these experiments emerged the collection of engravings and prints Long Time Relationship, and her one-year visual journal, 365 Days. Her post-comics artwork includes silkscreened artist's books, text-based collages, and animation films.

A trippy, semi-tragic comic that tells the story of an amour fou she shared with a troubled Parisian man in the late '80s. Its full-bleed pages are packed with black-pen renderings of her current middle-aged self, random advertisements, observations, and doodles. Câlice, it's good to have her back.--Madeline Coleman, Vulture

"With dense compositions rendered in thick black ink (Doucet still draws as she did in the '90s, as if she's trying to blast through your skull and stamp her emblem on your brain), this is a book that won't be ignored or denied."--Etelka Lehoczky, New York Times

"'The past, ' as Time Zone J tells us, 'it's like a big sugary milkshake' too tempting, too sweet, too easy to consume too quickly. Quietly, subversively, as is her way, Doucet proceeds to spike it, refusing sentimentality in order to provide an autopsy of youthful abandon."--Yevgeniya Traps, New York Times

Elegant, cheeky, wistful, and punk.--Laura Paul, The Los Angeles Review of Books

[Time Zone J] makes for an especially rewarding experience if you embrace the spontaneity of her work, which is driven by the mercurial sensations of memory.--Oliver Sava, The AV Club

A triumph of nostalgia and memory. [Time Zone J] is the ideal follow-up to a long hiatus: a new work that builds on her past, while simultaneously elevating her entire (already very impressive) oeuvre.--Megan Kirby, The Chicago Reader

Immersive... You sense that mild disorientation -- the good kind, the kind that gets you seeing and thinking in fresh ways -- is part of Doucet's point.--Ian McGillis, The Montreal Gazette

"A brave and playful graphic memoir that lands as a full-bore visual assault."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review