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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944425
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Heavily illustrated, post-apocalyptic, green/gothic/voodoo fairy-tale road-movie of a book, unlike anything we've seen before - DIVA

About the Author

Dame Darcy is a graphic artist, cartoonist and musician based in Los Angeles and New York. Her comic book Meatcake has been published by Fantagraphics since 1993. Her other publications include Frightful Fairytales (2002), Dame Darcy's Meatcake Compilation (2003) and The Illustrated Jane Eyre (2006). She also sings and plays bass in the group Death by Doll, whose debut album, Gasoline, was released in 2006.

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Customer Reviews

Her writing inspires freedom in it essence.
Olivia C Brill
It's as if Ms. Darcy couldn't concentrate long enough to finish any one linear story within the chapters that make up the book.
Maria
That said, however, I have not finished the book yet, so maybe it will get better.
A. Fields

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olivia C Brill on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Maybe this book isn't for everyone, but seeing 3 stars up there i said to myself "this will not do". Her writing inspires freedom in it essence. It reminds of school in a way, how teachers always try to suppress the students natural creativity when it falls outside of the standardized template of acceptable expression. i found the excessive details almost rebellious-delightfully indulgent and sardonically infused with subtle wit and innocence. A strong uncompromising vision of the future where we learn to rely on magickal consciousness and the rebirth of technology from this new paradigm .Love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love Dame Darcy's work and expected to love this book. A cursory glance at the bookstore made me completely fall in love on the spot---Dame Darcy doing a Post-Apocalyptic fairy tale? Sounds amazing, right? The art was certainly amazing. But one (!) page into the book, my heart fell after actually reading the text. The narration is embarrassingly awkward, the dialogue stilted, the writing all around amature-ish. As I read on, I told myself different things like, "well, maybe it will get better", "well, maybe the ending will be redeeming..." Unfortunately, by the time I got to the "voodoo" "ritual" "scene", I realized this book's writing just plain sucked. Dame Darcy, as awesome an artist as she is, can not write! What is sad is no one told her this in the process of making this book happen. Besides the non-existent plot, her ideas about witchcraft are absolutely dismal, the "ritual" performed in the story relying on intoxication and offensive animal sacrifice. As with many "white lighters", Ms. Darcy seems to believe that these things are part of "authentic" magical practice, while the dogma she presents in the story is 90% Christian. Karoi's goddess, "the Black Madonna" is simply another incarnation of the Virgin Mother. Since the Armbusters are supposed to be powerful witches/wizards, one wonders why they lack even the most basic common sense, aside from the fact that the book's "plot" hinges on the incredibly dumb things the family does for its continuity. Aside from these things which can be considered a matter of taste, the bottom line is the book itself is all fluff and no substance to speak of. It's as if Ms. Darcy couldn't concentrate long enough to finish any one linear story within the chapters that make up the book.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xanthippe Svanstrom on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In a handful of ways, Gasoline is quite a departure from the spectacular Dame Darcy's usual productions: it's a fully-fledged novel, the text is instructional and contains a moral of sorts a la Aesop. Fans will still delight in pirate exploits, mad gorgeous ladies and gents doing mad gorgeous things, her usual flair with a pen that seems to originate in netherworlds--with the bonus of many drawings appearing in colour. Get set for a line-up of all-new characters, each unique and spellbinding (I'm an especial admirer of Olivia the eight-legged cat!). The voodoo sacrifice left me queasy, but I think it was meant to put the reader off; once one reaches the end of the story its futile brutality becomes fairly clear.

True workmanship went into the book itself as well, hard cover with gilt graphics over a vintage fabric-look ground--and tree-free!

Admirers of the Fae/Fey Queen Darcy and all she represents, rejoice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Fields on February 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of both Meat Cake and Frightful Fairy Tales, but for whatever reason Gasoline falls short for me. Too much description of the landscape and appearance of the characters (especially considering the fact that these things are also drawn) and not enough plot substance. The illustrations, though still beautiful, seem like more of an afterthought than fully integrated pieces of the book. That said, however, I have not finished the book yet, so maybe it will get better. hopefully.
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