Sophie Punt by Julie Doucet
Julie Doucet isn’t doing comics anymore. There won’t be anymore issues of Dirty Plotte. But if you look around, you can find new work by the talented and engaging artist. For instance, at Buenaventura Press, Alvin has a half dozen mini-comics/sketchbooks from Doucet. Sophie Punt, as they’re called, is a series of minis that feaure word art, drawings, collages and musings. I picked up issue thirty-four at SPX after flipping through a couple of them.
Sophie Punt #34 is limited to an edition of 63 and it’s the one with the most drawing, which is what I enjoy the most about Doucet’s work. Inside you’ll find fortune cookie fortunes printed on one page, in German or French, and on the facing page Doucet has illustrated the fortune as only she can.
Facing the fortune, “You may attend a party where strange customs prevail,” is this foldout collage of figures:
Here’s another one:
Sophie Punt #34 is 24 pages for $18. If you’re not already familiar with Julie Doucet’s work, you’ll probably balk at paying $18 for a tiny 24-page book. But then again if you like her work and miss seeing it on the racks, that $18 doesn’t seem so steep.
Alvin has several issues of Sophie Punt for sale at Buneventura Press. They range from $8 to $35. There’s also an editon of Lady Pep for sale as well. And if you want more info on Doucet’s Drawn & Quarterly work, my column at Comic World News should help.