Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dame Darcy

Cult cartoonist and countercultural force Dame Darcy will be in Seattle for a book signing and banjo performance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown this Saturday, March 14, as part of that neighborhood's "Second Saturday Art Attack."

Dame Darcy, who recently resettled from LA to Portland, is best known for her comic "Meat Cake," an unusual blend of Victorian creepiness and punk romance which has been irregularly published by Fantagraphics for at least 10 years. She recently released a full length graphic novel, Gasoline, described by the publisher thusly: "At the height of a society governed by corporate greed and corruption, a fiery apocalypse rains down. Among the few survivors are a family of orphaned witches. Establishing a utopian commune, they uphold their position of power through the maintenance of their car, the only remaining working automobile. The search for precious gasoline pits them against the conniving nihilists who lurk in the decaying urban sprawl." That sounds about right.

Dame Darcy is also known to play a mean banjo.

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