Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel! Our pick for April is Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët’s Beautiful Darkness (translated by Helge Dascher). We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffer Alyssa.
Beautiful Darkness (Drawn & Quarterly) is a 2014 anti-fairy tale originally published in French as Jolies Ténèbres. The story follows Princess Aurora and her friends, pint-sized people who wake up one morning stranded in the woods next to the corpse of a giant child. A chilling cross of fantasy and horror, the beauty of the illustrations betray the huge capacity for human cruelty these tiny forest dwellers display, and how quickly the veneer of civility can give way to pettiness, greed, and bloodshed.