Let Them Eat Meat Cake!
A gothic gabfest with indie darling Dame Darcy
by Claire Donner
The mercurial and ethereal Dame Darcy (damedarcy) is a renowned gallery artist, writer, illustrator, animator, rock musician, clothing designer, and interior decorator to stars such as Margaret Cho and Courtney Love. In spite of this grandiose resume, her artistic career began humbly enough with an indie comic called Meat Cake. When Fantagraphics began publishing this alarming title in 1993, there was nothing truly like it on the market. Its blend of gothic literary stylings, burlesque comedy and punk zine composition made Meat Cake a critical part of the strengthening indie comics scene.
In the years since her entry into the indie comics canon, Dame Darcy has contributed to the Women of Marvel series, Image’s Comic Book Tattoo anthology, and Alan Moore’s Tomorrow Stories (perhaps returning the favor for Moore’s earlier guest spot in Meat Cake #9). Alongside these forays into mainstream fame, fine art and fashion, Meat Cake is fondly remembered and still going strong.
ComiXology: Which books inspired you to create something so unusual?
Dame Darcy: I read Love and Rockets when I was in High School it was my favorite. I liked how the Hernandez brothers portrayed life as a girl in such a real way, represented us in such a fair way. It was a dream come true to be published by Fantagraphics a few years later. I also loved a goth magazine called Propaganda and ordered fashion from it. Later, when I toured with (punk zine pioneer) Lisa Suckdog, after the insane rock operas, she would sell her zine and I my comic book. I also did comics for her zine, too.
Growing up in a bohemian household exposed me to art books and styles at an early age. We also lived in a 1902 craftsman only furnished with antiques, and had a lot of books and artifacts from that era, so for me the 1980s and the 1880s blended and I didn’t quite understand that books from 100 years ago were not contemporary.
For instance, I was obsessed with the OZ book series that my Grandma had many of the original editions of…I was inspired to create my own world. The land of OZ was a utopia ruled by a little girl, Ozma, and it had a very dark side: a walking talking voodoo doll…a lady who kept hundreds of heads on stands like other women would do with wigs…a suffragette valkyrie army of flying ladies with giant sewing needles for swords and buttons for shields. When I describe the OZ book series like this, and how I lived in that world for years growing up as a child, it is no surprise Meat Cake is the way it is.
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand takes a once-lost screenplay by Henson and turns this story he never got to tell into one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing graphic novels ever created. Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions.
Picking this up for your #LateNightReads is sure to give your subconscious something to play with while you sleep.
What would have happened if Kal-El’s ship had crash landed in Communist Russia instead?
In Superman: Red Son Mark Millar re-imagines a world where Kal-El dons the sickle and hammer to protect the workers utopia!
(Also Batman shows up in an awesome hat…)
A brand new edition is out today!
Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules. Teenager Pete Stanchek is out of work, on the skids, and— unbeknownst to him— a psionic-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Toyo Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respected philanthropist and the most powerful harbinger of all— or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Pete a chance for redemption — or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion and control? Pete is about to discover that he’s not alone in the world and, soon, the generation who has nothing will take on the man who has everything.
Pretty Deadly covers collection, for the opening arc.
With the release of Pretty Deadly #5 today, kellysue et al close out the first chapter of the most mesmerizing comic I’ve ever read.
Tonight I’m knocking back all 5 issues of this intricate western tale for my #LateNightReads.
What dreams may come??
Ugh guys, this was so good. Allred is tops.
What happens when you’re ripped from the 21st century and thrown into the middle of one of the greatest — and most bloodthirsty — civilizations in human history? How do you survive a strange world of war, blood, sacrifice, and death?
Join Hector, a dude on a one-way trip through the past, the present, and the psychedelic into the the glory of the Aztec Empire in SACRIFICE — a new comic book by SAM HUMPHRIES (writer of OUR LOVE IS REAL and one of Wizard’s “Five Writers to Watch in 2011”) and rising star DALTON ROSE. December 2011…BLOOD WILL TEAR US APART!
Sam Humphries’ highly acclaimed creator owned one-shot Our Love is Real is tonight’s pick for #LateNightReads! Check out a bizarre future in which romantic love is no longer confined to being strictly between humans in this hilarious sci-fi romance.
FIVE YEARS AFTER THE AIDS VACCINE…Plantsexuals riot in the streets for equal rights. Humans fall in love with dogs. And crystals are more than just jewelry. A chance encounter on the job changes a riot cop’s life forever as he finds himself caught in a bizarre love triangle that blurs romance, crime, and lust beyond recognition.
OUR LOVE IS REAL is a bold new sci-fi one-shot written by Sam Humphries (one of Wizard’s “Five Writers to Watch in 2011”; CBGB; Fraggle Rock) and illustrated by Steven Sanders (Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age; SWORD; Five Fists of Science).
Avery Fatbottom is nervous to take over her family business of organizing a renaissance fair but ready and willing. A hard-working woman with a lot of people depending on her, she still has time to bother her best friend (another lifer in the ren fair business) and go on dates. Trouble stirs while Avery is showing her gentleman friend, a high school teacher named Benn, around the fair and its just the beginning of a bigger mystery.
If you’ve never been to the Renaissance Fair, consider this your first trip so grab a turkey leg and dig in (and we hope you like innuendos).