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Ebook The Madame Paul Affair by Julie Doucet read! Book Title: The Madame Paul Affair
The author of the book: Julie Doucet
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.55 MB
Edition: Drawn & Quarterly
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN: 1896597343
ISBN 13: 9781896597348

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Julie and her deadbeat boyfriend move into a flat whose landlord is the cheerful Madame Paul. Besides her trying to set up Julie with her nephew, not much happens and then Madame Paul abruptly disappears. Julie sets out to find her.

This was included in the recent Humble Bundle for Banned Books Week and apparently The Madame Paul Affair was a “challenged” book. No idea what anyone would find offensive about it besides it being unfortunately very boring! A neighbour attempts suicide but it happens off-panel and another talks about smoking weed but doesn’t - I’m guessing some puritanical Kentucky Fried Southern mom found these inclusions wildly offensive and tried to get it tossed onto the latest book burning bonfire for those reasons alone?

This is my first Julie Doucet book and I don’t love her style. Very, very crowded pages with too much drawn into each panel, too many words - it looks extremely busy. Also all of the characters either look like chibi versions of humans or caricatures and I’m not sure if that’s intended. It reminds me of Bob Fingerman’s work - ergh! I understand that it was originally serialised in a weekly Montreal rag and so had to fit into a page-a-week format but still, far too much was crammed in!

The dialogue is phrased strangely at times too probably as a result of English not being Doucet’s first language and it looks like she did the translation herself - the slightly off-kilter speech is distracting to read.

The story itself is very uninteresting. I think we’re supposed to be gripped with the mystery of Madame Paul but really I was more amazed with how a 48 page comic could feel four times that length! Suffice it to say I wasn’t invested in any part of the narrative.

Perhaps her award-winning My New York Diary is a much better comic but The Madame Paul Affair definitely doesn’t live up to Julie Doucet’s rep as one of indie comics’ shining lights of the last 25 years. It may be tedious but it definitely doesn’t deserve to be censored in any form - all that happens when someone tries to ban a book is that the book becomes more noted. Ironically, if nobody had said anything, this dull comic would’ve sunk without a trace all by itself!
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Ebook The Madame Paul Affair read Online! Underground cartoonist and artist, best known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary.

She began cartooning in 1987. Her efforts quickly began to attract critical attention, and she won the 1991 Harvey Award for "Best New Talent".

Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York. Although she moved to Seattle the following year, her experiences in New York formed the basis of the critically-acclaimed My New York Diary. She moved from Seattle to Berlin in 1995, before finally returning to Montreal in 1998. Once there, she released the twelfth and final issue of Dirty Plotte before beginning a brief hiatus from comics.

She returned to the field in 2000 with The Madame Paul Affair, a slice-of-life look at contemporary Montreal which was originally serialized in Ici-Montreal, a local alternative weekly. At the same time, she was branching out into more experimental territory, culminating with the 2001 release of Long Time Relationship, a collection of prints and engravings. In 2004, Doucet also published in French an illustrated diary (Journal) chronicling about a year of her life and, in 2006, an autobiography made from a collage of words cut from magazines and newspapers (J comme Je). In December 2007, Drawn & Quarterly will publish 365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet, in which she chronicles her life for a year, starting in late 2002.

She remains a fixture in the Montreal arts community, but in an interview in the June 22, 2006 edition of the Montreal Mirror, she declared that she had retired from long-form comics: "...it's quite a lot of work, and not that much money. I went to a newspaper to propose a comic strip because I only had to draw a small page and it would be out the next week. For once it was regular pay and good money."

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