Since 2010, Élodie Petit and Marguerin Le Louvier write sexual and political poems. Associated under the name Éditions Douteuses, they self-publish their works through A5 or A6 format zines, printed in black on neon or colored paper. The poems were distributed during performances, in micro-editions events, globally in alternative circuits. After a decade of publishing, Anthologie Douteuses brings together all these publications in one book, where we can trace the chronological evolution of the authors’ literary expression.
Alaric Garnier and Léna Araguas designed a book that keeps the codes of zines in an indirect means. The usual neon paper on which zines were photocopied is found back in the neon pink cover, while the whole interior is printed in black on white paper. Even though out of standard in proportions, the book is still a small format and can be carried around easily. Some details take the publication out of the low budget self-publishing codes. The title is printed in silver hot foil stamping and the half-title page is embossed: these aspects not only give the publication a bibliophilic quality, they also work at giving an impression of a decadent nobility. We have in hands a small and precious erotic book, that back in the times, were ornamented and flourished by the few who could offer themselves this guilty pleasure.
The designer duo chose to set the book in Kessler Super Display, Kessler Text, and the brand new Kessler Text Mono, designed by Alaric Garnier and distributed by Production Type. Therefore, the book shows a diversity of style while keeping the same spirit all along: one of subverted classicism, that at the same time brings irony and fiercely grasps on this legacy to take its assertive power. Anthologie Douteuses (2010–2020) was published by Rotolux Press, together with a poster.