Long considered one of the most influential women in American independent comics,—although she left the field, and is Canadian—Julie Doucet finally receives a full-length critical overview of her work, from a noted chronicler of independent media and critical gender theorist. Doucet’s particular ingenuity and success, however, challenge the field of comics to reconsider its critical tendencies, and the cartoonist’s work additionally merits new models for addressing creator contributions. Grounded in a discussion of mid-1990s independent media and the corollary discussion of women’s rights that fostered it, this book addresses longstanding questions about Doucet’s role as a feminist figure, master of the comics form, and object of masculine desire, primarily by situating her oeuvre within a discussion of female-identified critics and comics creators. Doucet’s work is hilarious, charming, thoughtful, brilliant, and challenging even three decades on; it nearly demands, when considered in context, that we rethink the ways we talk about comics in general.
Anne Elizabeth Moore is an award-winning journalist, best-selling comics anthologist, and internationally lauded cultural critic. Called “one of the sharpest thinkers and cultural critics bouncing around the globe today” by Razorcake, a 'general phenom' by the Chicago Reader, and by the New York Times. Moore has also been named “fun” by FastCompany, a “rad writer” by Time Out New York-Kids, and a “notable underground author” by The Onion. Her book Unmarketable was named Best Book of 2007 by Mother Jones. Body Horror is on the Nonfiction Shortlist for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Nonfiction Award and was named a Best Book of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the College for Creative Studies. She was born in Winner, SD and in 2016, was awarded a fellowship in Detroit's unique Write A House program. She resides there with her cat.