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LAist Interview: Dame Darcy

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We're constantly surprised to discover that people with the darkest sensibilities live in this blindingly bright city. Somehow these individuals learn to survive and thrive in an area famous for its sunshine. For example, artist/musician Dame Darcy chooses to live in our city instead of more appropriately goth-inspiring spots like San Francisco or New York or Prague. Darcy is a startlingly prolific author whose style can best be described as "Francesca Lia Block meets Edward Gorey." Most fans discovered Darcy's talents via her amusingly gothic and morbid graphic novel series, Meat Cake.

When not on the road traveling with her band, Death by Doll, Darcy hangs out in Echo Park and online at her website Damedarcy.com. She also contributes her many talents to our local arts scenes. She decorated the inside of the now defunct Parlour Club on Santa Monica Blvd (We hope the proprietors of Bar Lubitsch, which replaced the Parlour Club, had the sense to keep Darcy's decorations amongst the bar's Communist chic refurbishment) and has designed interiors for Courteny Love and Margaret Cho.

You can catch Death By Doll at the Silverlake Lounge on Thursday, Thursday May 11th, at the Silverlake Lounge ( Sunset/ Silverlake) 9:00 PM. $5.

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Age and Occupation:
Age 97. Occupation: ARTIST/MUSICIAN

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
5 yrs. Echo Park. Though I am a little wary of revealing my whereabouts due to stalkers.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?
I moved here to write and produce my feature film/graphic novel Gasoline, because I heard in NYC there were more ways to accomplish this here. A better climate for animation and film, and better climate, in general.

What is your latest project about?
Gasoline is about a family of witches that live in a utopian society after the apocalypse. They are in a darkwave band. They travel in search for gasoline for their car. The message of this movie is about technology working with nature and the earth and magic taking over the industrial age. It's also about how fairies and Native Americans really believe the same thing. It will have live action and animation.

Also, I am making Dame Darcy.com into a Meat Cake wonderland of multi media extravaganza while preparing for Putnam Penguin to release my new book, The Illustrated Jane Eyre, this fall. I am booking shows on the East Coast during the last two weeks of October 2006 and the West Coast the first 2 weeks of November. Putnam is going to link book signings to my show dates for my band Death By Doll.

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Death By Doll has an album coming out on Emperor Penguin Records (penguins seems to be my lucky bird) and I have a DVD of live shows, movies, and animation coming out on Press Pop, based in Tokyo. They are also putting out a weird book I did called Dollerium about psychotic dolls that destroy everything and get worse and worse until 2 of them die from heroin.

Last but not least... I’m working on Meat Cake #15. And the next book, A Hand Book for Hot Witches which is also an animated TV show called “The Excorsisters.”

Photo by Safia Fatimi courtesy of DameDarcy.com.