The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay
The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay opens on an operating room scene, in which our young hero awakes to find himself recovering from a mysterious surgical procedure and being ministered to by a team of medics led by a doctor with a giant molar for a head. Things only get weirder from there.
It is soon revealed that the Frankensteinian goings-on at the hospital in which the boy awakens are being carried out on the orders of something called the Party of Deconstruction, under the aegis of the Project for a Future Tomorrow. It's a thinly veiled political allegory for our times, a fascist conspiracy explained. It started with the complete outlawing of all cats, then with taking all the children for experiments in anatomical reassignment. It's a little bit Handmaid's Tale and a little bit Willy Wonka and while it doesn't have anything to do with the current political climate per se (Garcia has been working on it for six years), the end goal of the Party is to create mass amnesia, thus making the populace pliable and imprintable, and that much easier to control.
This tumult of nature and science, fantasy and fear, control and creativity reflects Garcia's interest in the works of authors such as Roald Dahl, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka — all of whom worked in the allegorical, symbolism-rich world of dystopian fiction, often presented as though for children. For example, Garcia points out that Animal Farm was first offered as a fairy tale, rejected a few times before Orwell found a publisher.
Like those classic dystopian novels, the book has an open-ended conclusion that telegraphs the infinitely expandable nature of her story — and of this world she has created.
By, Shana Nys Dambrot
Book Signing at DesignerCon 2019!
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Gracing the DesignerCon exhibition catalog will be a groovy space goddess spinning records with her trusty animal familiars, painted by Camille specifically for DesignerCon 2019. A limited edition print of the artwork will be available at DesignerCon, hand signed and numbered by Camille. Once they’re gone they’re gone! This is a DesignerCon Exclusive!
"THE CABINET OF DR. DEEKAY" DIGITAL DOWNLOAD WEEBOOK
Digital download and assemble your very own "Cabinet of Dr. Deekay" wee book! Part one of three, "The Hospital", introduces all of your favorite characters that you don't even know yet. Dr. Deekay, Alexander Winchester, Pierre St. Claire, and of course Boris the Fly. Comes with line-work illustrations that you can color and decorate at will. Glitter the cover fi you want. Anything is possible in the Cabinet of Dr. Deekay. See what all the fuss is about.