Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Comic Book Scavenger Hunt, A-Z: Dirty Plotte

Title: Dirty Plotte
Issue: #2
Release: March 1991
Writer and Artist: Julie Doucet
Store: Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, Quebec)
Image via Comic Book Resources

Dirty Plotte is for mature readers only: a journey through the author's own anxious adventures, both real and imagined.   Topics range from menstruation to breast cancer to cannibalism - and that's the lighter fare.  While not exactly my taste, the series met with great critical success, nominated for a Harvey Award for best new series.  Doucet did win the Harvey for best new talent.

My scavenger hunt was pretty straight-forward: find single-issue comic books off the rack with titles starting from A-Z.  Go check out the rest of the participants in this year's A-Z challenge.  The official site is here.

Today, a bonus offering, also beginning with D:

Double Barrel #9 by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon
Image via Twitter

Double Barrel is a web-only comic.  I went to college with the Cannons (not actually related to each other) and while that makes me admittedly biased, I would not steer you wrong, fellow travelers.  This is good stuff!  Each issue is a bargain, too: $1.99 for the new issue, $0.99 for the past ones.  You should all go check it out.  And start from issue #1.  I got my copy at ComiXology but you should be able to find it wherever e-books or e-comics are sold.

Each issue contains chapters from two serialized stories: Zander's Heck and Kevin's Crater XV. Loads of extras are included each month as well: shorter comics and, my favorite, the How to: section in which the artists share insights into their chosen medium.  There's even a whole new story - part 1 of 4 - introduced in this month's issue: The Clandestinauts by Tim Sievert.

Yup, all that for $1.99.

24 comments:

  1. My goodness at Dirty Plotte's contents. One hopes the cannabilism was the authors imagination rather than reality.

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    1. The comic drifts back and forth between dreams and reality and yes, the cannibalism was part of a dream. This one's definitely not for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach. There were panels I rushed past very quickly!

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  2. I have not read comic books in years, so thanks for the introduction to the online source. This is a great idea for A - Z. Today I'm talking about Disassociation; hope to see you around sometime -Belinda.

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    1. There are lots of free online comics as well, though I can't vouch for their quality.

      Thanks for visiting. I shall be happy to return the favor.

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  3. You're really making me want to go dig through my comic boxes for one-shot issues. :/

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    1. You know I'm not going to be the one to discourage you!

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  4. I will confidently admit that I wasn't intrigued by the first one. But then you had to have a back-up!

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    1. DB's a lot of fun. I hope you'll check it out.

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  5. I was hoping you'd feature Double Barrel, today.

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    1. Well, of course, especially since #9 was just released yesterday. The timing for letter D worked out very nicely.

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  6. Dirty Plotte sounds brilliantly twisted. Probably too much for me too though.

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    1. Maurice! It's been a while. I'll swing by yours soon, too.

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  7. Question -- what do you do with all your Comics? Special folder, notebook, file?

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    1. Um... well-organized piles at this point. I don't have enough to justify file cabinets - yet. All of my A-Z comics are in a single green bag at the moment.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  8. e-comics. ug I'm old. I guess as comic book stores start selling skinny jeans & messenger bags to stay open this is the future, or the now.

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    1. For my friends, I think it was just the best way to get their own work published while paying the bills by freelancing on other people's stuff. I think collectors will keep the print market alive for a good long time. I figure if the web is a way for more artists to get their work out there and maintain more creative control, it will be a good thing.

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  9. comic books- what a great theme! Visiting from the A to Z. Happy blog hopping!
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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    1. It's been fun. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the Challenge!

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  10. I loved my Archie & Veronica! Comics are so different now & I look forward in dropping by to learn about others!

    www.wearinglemon.blogspot.com

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    1. My daughter has taken to the Archie/Veronica comics. You know they've been around for 70+ years now?

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    1. Yes, there were inherent risks in my method of choosing - essentially little more than alphabetical convenience.

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  12. Hehe, probably not my taste either, but I dunno, if it's meant to be funny I'd give it a go! Then again, some things that everyone else thinks are funny I don't, like...Borat. LOL

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    1. Funny? Definitely some of it. I'd be interested to know the female perspective on this one, actually. Very little of the work in the industry is produced by or for women. While the creator in this case is female, I'm not so sure about the intended audience.

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