Dirty Plotte

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Dirty Plotte
The cover of Dirty Plotte #1 (Jan. 1991), by Julie Doucet
Publication information
Publisher Drawn and Quarterly
Schedule Irregular
Publication date Jan. 1991 - Aug. 1998
No. of issues 12
Main character(s) Julie
Creative team
Created by Julie Doucet
Written by Julie Doucet
Artist(s) Julie Doucet
Collected editions
My New York Diary ISBN 978-1896597232

Dirty Plotte is a comic book series by Julie Doucet,[1] published by Drawn and Quarterly from 1991–1998.

Most of the oddball stories in Dirty Plotte were autobiographical, often about the struggles of being a woman and being an alternative cartoonist. Author Anne Elizabeth Moore summed up the comic this way:

These were the things that Dirty Plotte was about: the isolation of being a driven female creative; the jealousy in personal relationships that come out of that; the ever-present push from the outside to be maternal and nurturing, but the absolute interior knowledge that that is not your way; and the incredibly shifting sense of gender that a strong, smart woman must feel in order to move about in the world.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Dirty Plotte began as a self-published photocopied zine used to record Doucet's "day to day life, her dreams, angsts, [and] fantasies."[3] Doucet published 12 issues of the Dirty Plotte minicomic between 1988 and 1989.[4]

It was only when Doucet was published in Robert Crumb's magazine, Weirdo,[5] that she began to attract critical attention.[6] Doucet began being published by Drawn and Quarterly (like Doucet, based in Montreal) in January 1991 in a regular sized comic series also named Dirty Plotte.[7] Dirty Plotte was the first ongoing solo title published by Drawn and Quarterly.[8]

Drawn and Quarterly published 4 issues of Dirty Plotte in 1991 (with much of the content being reprints of material that had appeared in the mini), but afterwards new issues were published once per year. Doucet played with the title of the series near the end, with individual issues called such things as Purty Plotte and Purity Plotte.[7]

Many of the autobiographical stories from Dirty Plotte were collected in the trade paperback My New York Diary (Drawn & Quarterly, 1999), which won the 2000 Firecracker Award for best graphic novel.[9]


  • Dirty Plotte (mini-comic) 12 issues between 1988 and 1989[4]
  • Dirty Plotte # 1 (January 1991)
  • Dirty Plotte # 2 (March 1991)
  • Dirty Plotte # 3 (July 1991)
  • Dirty Plotte # 4 (October 1991)
  • Dirty Plotte # 5 (May 1992)
  • Dirty Plotte # 6 (January 1993)
  • Dirty Plotte # 7 (September 1993)
  • Dirty Plotte # 8 (February 1994)
  • Dirty Plotte # 9 (April 1995)
  • Dirty Plotte # 10 (December 1996)
  • Dirty Plotte # 11 (September 1997)
  • Dirty Plotte # 12 (August 1998)

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1991, Dirty Plotte was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best New Series (Doucet won the Harvey for "Best New Talent").[10][11] In 1999, when The Comics Journal made a list of the top 100 comics of all time, Dirty Plotte ranked 96th.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dirty Plotte 1". drawnandquarterly.com. Drawn & Quarterly. 1991. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Moore, Anne Elizabeth. "RAVE ON: ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE ON DIRTY PLOTTE," Bitch Media (August 2, 2009).
  3. ^ Julie Doucet's biography at her website Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Dirty Plotte mini-comics at the GCD
  5. ^ Weirdo #26 at the GCD
  6. ^ Shainblum, Mark: "Canada's Alternative Comic Creators Stand Up For Themselves", Onset, volume 1 issue 4 (page25)
  7. ^ a b Dirty Plotte at the Grand Comics Database.
  8. ^ Bell, John (2006). Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. (Toronto: Dundurn Press), p. 176. ISBN 978-1-55002-659-7.
  9. ^ Firecracker Award winners
  10. ^ Harvey Award Winners 1991 Archived 2010-11-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ 1991 Harvey Awards list at Comic Book Awards Almanac
  12. ^ Short-lists for Comics Journal 100

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