An absurdist, psychedelic crime fantasy / graphic novella from an acclaimed artist and printmaker. We are excited to host a release party for Daria Tessler’s new book from Fantagraphics, Salome’s Last Dance. She is joined by local artist Sean Christensen for a book reading and signing.
The Astounding Magnus has been hypnotizing audiences at the Feedbag cocktail bar with his resplendent dancing dog act, Salome, and her “Serpentine Dance of the Seven Veils.” Yet despite his success, the pearl of life has lost its luster for Magnus. He visits the psychologist, Dr. Silkini, who promises to massage Magnus’s id into a higher dimension: the pearly gates of full life satisfaction. Meanwhile, Salome’s crowd-pleasing performances have attracted unwanted attention from sinister forces who want to know the dog’s secret.
Daria Tessler’s new graphic novella, Salome’s Last Dance, showcases her phenomenal talent for incorporating elements of collage and pen-and-ink illustration to create a beautifully phantasmagoric experience under the guise of an absurdist, psychedelic fantasy (including an extended visual tour de force depicting a hallucinogenic tea trip), one that favorably compares to Yellow Submarine or the comics of Jim Woodring. Tessler’s rich ear for language and sharp sense of humor also liven every inventively stunning page of Salome’s Last Dance.
PREORDER before May 24 and receive a signed copy!
WHO: Daria Tessler and Sean Christensen
WHAT: Book release and reading
WHEN: Wednesday May 24, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 1223 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232