I've been reading Albert Bates's The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook, which is a survival guide in a "post-petroleum" world, which is the PC way of saying "apocalypse." I am not prepared. Are you? I need to learn how to can. Can I can? That's the question. Seems like a complicated scientific process, but I'm intrigued by this and making soap. I read one can make it from ashes.
Also, how does a modern-day damsel get prepared in an apartment eight stories up? All the books I read don't apply to extremely urban environments like where I live.
If anything goes down tomorrow in NYC, each individual of the eight-million populace is going to be standing as their own 24-hour armed corn-guard over the one stalk they grew through a crack in the concrete.
My solo art shows for Gasoline are up now at the Sloan Fine Art gallery in NYC and the Bert Green gallery in L.A. Fine art is a one-of-a-kind thing where I think images should portray an atmosphere and take you into another feeling and place. Paintings and fine art (once you are precious and respected) can sell for so much money, it's over the top. Books don't usually have the same effect unless you are selling so many copies you are the next Da Vinci Code in the airport bookstore and everything. However, books can go all over the world and win the attention of vast amounts of people who are then interested in the illustrations... as fine art. This can be a wonderful symbiotic relationship.
If I weren't a good artist, I think I would have died in school, because I struggled and was so frustrated, but all the teachers and everyone in my whole life have cut me breaks because I have a skill most people don't have, which compensates for my lack of skill in the things most people do.
Also, I think this makes me more intuitive than others because I have to figure out things with psychic ability when others use logic.
I live in a special bus.
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Dame Darcy's comic book Meatcake has been published by Fantagraphics since 1993. Her other publications include Frightful Fairytales, Dame Darcy’s Meatcake Compilation, and The Illustrated Jane Eyre. She also sings and plays bass in the group Death by Doll, whose debut album, Gasoline, was released in 2006. Visit her website at www.damedarcy.com.
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Dame Darcy is the author of Gasoline: A Graphic Novel