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“Over the span of roughly a year, Delporte chronicled the emotionally chaotic, physically taxing aftermath of a breakup, examining and illustrating her emotions, flights of fancy, memories, and ups and downs in quick but minute detail. With her poetic visual acumen, Delporte takes you places you may have been before, but makes them all a lot prettier.” – The Comics Journal
Journal displays Julie Delporte’s organic and immediate drawings that utilize an uncanny sense of colour and composition to illustrate their intimate, diarist narratives. Cataloguing an emotional breakup, an artist’s residency at CCS and the anxieties and joys of everyday life between February 2011 and October 2012, Delporte’s elegant illuminated diary is a private life made public and poetic.
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•Comic book website
“Delporte [pushes] the definition of the comics medium. This isn’t comics in their most common beat-by-beat, panel-by-panel form, but neither is it purely illustrated prose. Instead, it absolutely combines text and graphics to produce a hybrid visual narrative environment.”
•Publishing trade magazine
“What makes this so effective is not only the beautiful artwork that traces her recovery from the loss of her partner, but also Delporte’s honesty about the successes and failures of her efforts to cope. Indeed, she underscores these successes and failures through an emotive canvas that shares, with great subtlety, images of the mundane, the figurative, and the symbolic. At its very best moments, Journal becomes indistinguishable from poetry – and there are, as the reader will discover, many such moments.”
The Comics Journal
•American comics magazine
“The most striking thing to me about Delporte’s pages is how clear they are. She isn’t bogged down in the language of comics so much as she is invested in the emotional purity of words and images together to weave a story. I find this direct approach (to drawing, to coloring, to the use of text) very engaging.”