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The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle BellA Place inside Yourself$
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Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496820570

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496820570.001.0001

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“At This Point I Become Real”

“At This Point I Become Real”

Experimental Autobiography in Julie Doucet and Michel Gondry’s Comics/Video Hybrid My New New York Diary

(p.145) “At This Point I Become Real”
The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell

Frederik Byrn Kohlert

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Julie Doucet and MichelGondry’scoll aborative comics/video hybrid My New NewYork Diary, which consists of drawings made by Doucet and a shortfilm by Gondry. After outlining the claims made on behalf of the two forms in terms of their perceived ability to represent reality and “truth,” the chapter argues that the collaboration is a highly experimental engagement with issues such as realism, authenticity, and autobiography that playfully unsettles each category through a shrewd employment of the medium-specific properties inherent to comics as well as cinema. By calling the relationship between reality and representation into question, the hybridity built into the project serves not only to challenge accepted models of autobiography and author ship in comics as well as film, but also to interrogate issues of mediated autobiographical absence and presence more broadly.

Keywords:   Julie Doucet, Michel Gondry, Comics, Film, autobiography

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