Dame Darcy

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Dame Darcy
Born Darcy Megan Stanger[1]
(1971-06-11) June 11, 1971 (age 45)
Caldwell, Idaho[2]
Area(s) Cartoonist, Fine artist, Musician, Performer, Animator, Filmmaker
Notable works
Meat Cake

Dame Darcy (born June 19, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho), is an alternative cartoonist,[3] fine artist, musician, cabaret performer, and animator/filmmaker. Her "neo-Victorian,"[4] comic book series Meat Cake was published by Fantagraphics from 1993–2008. Her graphic novels include Handbook for Hot Witches, The Illustrated Jane Eyre,[5] Frightful Fairytales, Gasoline, and Dollerium.[5]

She has worked with writer Alan Moore, and for such publishers as Marvel Comics, Penguin Putnam, PressPop Tokyo, Merrell, Image Comics, Henry Holt and Company, and Seven Stories Press. Dame Darcy has published about 100 books internationally, with her comics being translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, among others. Her films and animation have won awards and been shown internationally. Her fine art and dolls have been exhibited and sold in art galleries globally for more than 20 years.


Dame Darcy acquired her initial skill set while still a child and teen working as an apprentice to her father in his sign painting studio, Green Tree Graphics. She began her own career at age 17 when she won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was taught by George Kuchar.

She made her first publishing deal at the age of 21 when her comic book series Meat Cake was picked up by Fantagraphics Books.

She performed for a time with Lisa Crystal Carver and Jean-Louis Costes's underground cabaret Suckdog Circus.[6]

Her latest books in 2016 are Lady Killers (Harper Collins), The Jaywalker, with Lisa Carver, Lucky, and other compilations. Dame Darcy's autobiography, Hi Jax & Hi Jinx, is due out from Feral House in 2017, and has a feature film screenplay attached.[citation needed] Her self-published Mermaid tarot card decks sell daily and globally, and are also independently distributed through various stores.[citation needed]

She also Illustrated for fashion designers Anna Sui and Gothic Lolita designers CWC, Baby Doll, Ku, Coi Girl Magic and Jared Gold, etc. while also working as a runway model.

Her teaching experience varies among all ages and contexts. Dame Darcy taught an independent comics publishing course at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, as well as lecturing and workshops at Columbia University, and in Europe and Japan.


Comics/graphic novels[edit]

  • Lady Killers (Harper Collins, 2017) — illustrations for a novel by Tori Telfer
  • Hi Jax & Hi Jinx — Dame Darcy's autobiography (Feral House, 2017)
  • Mirror Mirror (2d Cloud, 2017) — comics anthology edited by Sean T. Collins and Julia Gfrörer
  • Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, with Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips (Skyhorse Publishing, 2017) — illustrations for a book by Maya Gottfried
  • Lisa Carver's Jaywalker (Suckdog, 2016) — illustrations for a book by Lisa Carver
  • The Meat Cake Bible (Fantagraphics, July 2016) — every story from all 17 issues of Meat Cake (1993-2008), as well as new stories from the unpublished 18th issue; over 400 pages of comics
  • Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho #1 (Idaho Comics Group, August 2014)
  • Handbook for Hot Witches (Henry Holt, Oct. 2012)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and "The Tell-Tale Heart," in The Graphic Canon: The Definitive Anthology of the World’s Greatest Literature Through Comics vol. 2 (Seven Stories Press, Oct. 2012)
  • Gasoline (Merrell Books, 2008)
  • Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics, 2008) — anthology of comics based on Tori Amos songs, with a foreword by Neil Gaiman
  • Meat Cake #1-17 (Fantagraphics Books, 1993–2008)
  • Dollerium (Press Pop, 2007) — full color book /DVD
  • The Illustrated Jane Eyre (Penguin Putnam, 2006)[5]
  • Dame Darcy's Meat Cake Compilation (Fantagraphics, 2003; reprint edition, 2010) ISBN 978-1560975328— collects material from the first decade of Meat Cake; includes "Hungry is the Heart," a collaboration between Dame Darcy and Alan Moore
  • Frightful Fairy Tales (Ten Speed Press, 2002)
  • Cobweb (DC/WildStorm, 2000) — illustrating stories by Alan Moore
  • Spin The Bottle (2007) — Illustrations for graphic novel by Justine Brown
  • In The Garden of Poisonous Flowers (Subterranean Press, 2002) — Illustrations for graphic novel
  • Lost Souls (Delacorte Press, 1999) — illustrations for graphic novel by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Big Book of Grimm (DC Comics, 1998)
  • Media Vaca (2002) — Spanish comics compilation
  • A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World (St. Martin's Press, 1998)
  • Bust Magazine Book (1999) — contributor
  • Suture (1999) — contributor to a London-based journal
  • Women's Herstory in Comics, compiled and edited by Trina Robbins (1998) — comics compilation featuring female cartoonists
  • Twisted Sisters vol. 2: Drawing the Line (Kitchen Sink Press, 1995) — anthology of female cartoonists
  • Diva (1992) — anthology of female cartoonists


  • The Penalty of Hope: Poems, by Vincent D. Dominion (2010)
  • Blythe (CWC, 2006) — doll book produced by Hasbro, featuring the fashion doll Blythe
  • Dancing Queen, by Lisa Carver (Henry Holt, 1998)
  • Rollerderby: the Book, by Lisa Carver (Feral House, 1996)
  • Doll House Book (Finnegan, 2000) — doll designs
  • Funeral Party I and Funeral Party II, by Shade Rupe (1995-1999)
  • Broken Noses and Metempsychoses, by Michael Carter (1998)


  • "Are You Afraid to Die" (Nuff Sed Records, 1992) — cassette with Individually hand-tinted limited edition book with lyrics and illustrations
  • "Mexican Crawling Poppy Seed" 7" (Nuff Sed Records, 1993)
  • "The Devil Made Her Do It" 7" (Stick Shift Records, 1993)
  • (Dame Darcy with The Coctails) "Tardvark" 7" (High Ball Records, 1994)
  • compilation CD (Sideshow Records, 1994)
  • Kill Rock Stars (1994) — compilation CD
  • (Dame Darcy & Dennis Driscoll) EP (Little Pad Records, 1995)
  • "Will O' Wisp Octopus" 7" (Villa VillaKula Records, 1995)
  • "When I'm Hungry I Eat" (Gormandizer Records) — compilation CD
  • "Grouse Mountain Skyride" 7" (1996)
  • (Suckdog) Onward Suckdog Soldiers (Suckdog, 1998)
  • Isabelle the Hungriest Filly (1998)
  • (Black Strap Molasses Family) "The Elixir That'll Fix'er" (Transparency Records, 1998)
  • Rock Rock Chicken Pox (1999)
  • "My Eyes Have Seen the Glory" (CT Records, 2002)
  • "Gem In Eye" 7" (ir-ar Records U.K., 2002)
  • Dame Darcy's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Boptart/Action Driver Records, 2004)
  • (Death By Doll) Gasoline (Emperor Penguin Records, 2006)
  • Horse Hospital (Infinite Chug Records, 2008)
  • (Death By Doll) Cabin Fever (Emperor Penguin Records, 2008)
  • (Death By Doll) ElectroRococo (February 2011)

Further reading[edit]

  • Dark Stars Rising, by Shade Rupe — 24 years of interviews with various creators of darker art (Headpress, 2010)


  1. ^ Sullivan, Darcy. "TCJ ARCHIVE: The Dame Darcy Interview," The Comics Journal #171 (September 1994).
  2. ^ Weaver, Damien. "An Interview with Dame Darcy," Bookslut (April 2004).
  3. ^ Hundley, Jessica (21 November 2002). "Staying in; Artist's vision lives; Dame Darcy turns a new page with her stylized graphic novel, 'Frightful Fairytales.'". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Kirchner, Lisa. "Books: Meatcake," Bust. Accessed June 10, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Weiland, Jonah. "Dame Darcy on The Illustrated Jane Eyre," Comic Book Resources (August 15, 2006).
  6. ^ Calhoun, Ada. "Prophet for Our Times," Austin Chronicle (Aug. 11, 2000).

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