Gasoline

Gasoline

Gasoline is a fantastical romp through the imagination of the one and only Dame Darcy - author, illustrator, animator, musical entertainer, and a self-proclaimed mermaid. Darcy is most widely known for her Fantagraphics published comic series Meat Cake. Gasoline is a 191 page illustrated novel that I admit I have not fully read, but find inspiring due to its sheer enthusiasm and unapologetic gusto for gothic magic. Darcy loves what she loves, and her vision feels uncompromised.

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The writing is not substantial enough for a critical adult to swallow. If I had discovered this book in high school I would have adored it. It feels like a lengthy, unresearched teenage daydream in content and style, but this is a part of the book's charm. Darcy exists in her own realm and if you are expecting more than excessive surface descriptions, is not for you. I read the first quarter of the text and decided my time was better spent enjoying the art. I love that she is so out-there, and goes with her instincts to make original striking images. This book would have worked for adult-me more if contained mostly art plates with short captions, allowing the story to be filled in by my own imagination, but like I said, this is Darcy's story - not ours.

The synopsis on the back cover reads, "In a post-apocalyptic world, the search for precious gasoline pits a family of orphaned witches against conniving nihilists who lurk in the decaying urban sprawl. The family must learn to forsake a life of materialism and adopt new, alternative means of living in order to survive." I'm sure Darcy's ardent fans will love every word. As a creator trying to put work out into the world and not be daunted by my own inner critic, I find her output gives me a mental boost. Nothing is stopping her from her own romantic Big Magic. 

  Author photo of Darcy

Author photo of Darcy

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