Monday, July 22, 2024

The news has been out since Jan. 15, so this is a little behind, but: Wow! Amanda Palmer, of Lexington and the Dresden Dolls, is marrying Neil Gaiman — the author who did a lot of the heavy lifting in making comic books safe for adults to read.

The Dresden Dolls, of course, is the Boston-based “Brechtian punk cabaret” band, now on a hiatus that was wonderfully interrupted for a Dec. 12 show at The Middle East nightclub in Central Square. The Dolls were frequent performers in Cambridge, including a notable 2002 gig at the Ig Nobel Awards and regular shows at the Onion Cellar at Oberon (known at the time as Zero Arrow). The band’s cabaret aesthetic lives on in the work of the frequently performing Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys.

Gaiman is famed for the “Sandman” comics and books such as “Anansi Boys” and “M is for Magic,” although he may be most widely known for the books that have made it into film, such as “Stardust” and “Coraline.” Like the Dolls and Palmer in her solo work, Gaiman specialized in the dark and complex.

A Palmer-Gaiman wedding is like the joining of two of the world’s noblest royal families.