June 11, 1971|
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, designer of Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot and Queen Alice Tarot decks, fine artist, musician, performer, animator, filmmaker|
Darcy Megan Stanger (born June 19, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho), better known by the pen name Dame Darcy is an alternative cartoonist, fine artist, musician, cabaret performer, and animator/filmmaker. Her "Neo-Victorian" comic book series Meat Cake was published by Fantagraphics Books from 1993–2008. The Meat Cake Bible compilation was released in June 2016 and nominated for The Eisner Award July 2017. Vegan Love written by Maya Gottfried and Illustrated by Dame Darcy were Silver medalist winners of the Independent Publishing Awards in 2018. Her self published Tarot decks, went viral world wide in 2012 with a second wave in 2018 for the Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot Gold Edition deck and Queen Alice Tarot deck and were listed as Etsy Bestsellers in 2018. Dame Darcy's autobiography graphic novel, Hi Jax & Hi Jinx (Life's a Pitch and Then You Live Forever) is published by Feral House in 2018.
She worked with writer Alan Moore and for such publishers as America's Best Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Kitchen Sink Press, Starhead Comix, Penguin Putnam, PressPop Tokyo, Merrell, Henry Holt and Company, and Seven Stories Press. Dame Darcy published about 100 books internationally, with her comics being translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, among others. Her films and animation won awards and been shown internationally. Her fine art and dolls were exhibited and sold in art galleries globally for more than 20 years. In the late 90's Director Lisa Hammer, and Dame Darcy produced a variety TV show entitled Turn Of The Century profiling their short "silent film" style movies for Manhattan Public access, which are now part of the Getty Museum Collection 
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. During this time, she acted in films 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 originally considered using the pen name "Richard Dirt" but her father suggested adding a title to her own first name instead, so Darcy used the name Richard Dirt as a character in her comic book.
She performed for a time with Lisa Crystal Carver and Jean-Louis Costes's underground cabaret Suckdog Circus. SUCKDOG Reunion Tour 2016, a documentary concert film starring Lisa Carver (Lisa Suckdog) as "The Dish" and Dame Darcy as "Ghost Mother" is currently available as a DVD.
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 2018, and has a feature film screenplay attached. Her self-published Mermaid Tarot and Queen Alice tarot card decks are independently distributed. 
In the 1990s, Dame Darcy made a doll for Courtney Love which included hair from the late Kurt Cobain. The doll was a gift to Love's daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Dame Darcy planned to auction some of Kurt Cobain's leftover hair in 2015 but withdrew it following a complaint from Love.
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.
- Dame Darcy's Mermaid Tarot 2012–present
- Dame Darcy's Queen Alice Tarot 2018–present
- Lady Killers (HarperCollins, 2017) — illustrations for a novel by Tori Telfer
- Hi Jax & Hi Jinx — Dame Darcy's autobiography (Feral House, 2018)
- 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 Books, 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 and Company, 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)
- Women of Marvel #2 ("Fantastic Four (Fairy-Tales)") (Marvel Comics, December 2010)
- 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)
- Dame Darcy's Meat Cake Compilation (Fantagraphics Books, 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)
- Tomorrow Stories #9–10 and America's Best Comics Special #1 (DC Comics/America's Best Comics, 2001) — illustrating Cobweb 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
- The Big Book Of Grimm (DC Comics/Paradox Press, 1999)
- 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)
Hasbro My Little Pony Doll Design Jane Magazine Illustrations for Astrology Section Meat Cake, self‐published comic series #1‐3 Meat Cake, issue #0, Iconographics Publications Star Head Mini Comix Index Mag, Dame Darcy interviews Cindy Sherman and others Rollerderby, Regular Contributor New York Press Village Voice Purr, published in U.K. Bananafish mag Pretty Decorating mag Hermenaut mag C.M.J. Catalogue Her mag Staff Artist Last Gasp catalog, cover The Stranger Bust mag Bitch mag Venus mag Stim, online publication Tango Palace, record cover Kittywinder record cover Boss Hog record cover Paper Mag comics and Guestroom with a view Planet Blue animation Word Online Publication,Toozeday Comics Regular Contributor C.H.E.W. Lollapalooza catalog, illustration for Courtney Love Pulse mag Dolls mag Vice mag Wired mag Hate comic Peter Bagge Regular Contributor Seattle Weekly Alice mag UK L.A. Weekly Pulpit full‐page color comics Visionaire Fashion Magazine, 2001‐2002, Fashion Illustration, (N.Y.‐based) Jelouse Fashion Magazine, 2002, (French based) MOCA LA Designs for Christmas cards
- Caroliner Rainbow, 1989-1992 2nd,3rd,and 4th albums
- "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 Recordings, 2006)
- Horse Hospital (Infinite Chug Records, 2008)
- (Death By Doll) Cabin Fever (Emperor Penguin Recordings, 2008)
- (Death By Doll) ElectroRococo (February 2019)
FINE ART EXHIBITIONS Bust Magazine Group show for contributors DD original comics 2013 Solo Show Smart Clothes Gallery NYC 2012 Bert Green Fine Art Chicago 2012 Dame Darcy is currently represented by Sloan Fine Art NYC Pony Show gallery 2009 Meyer Gallery Zurich Switzerland Gasoline solo exhibit 2009 Civilian Art Projects Washington DC Gasoline exhibit 2009 Claire Obscura Gallery LA Gasoline exhibit 2008 Bert Green Fine Art LA solo Gasoline exhibit 2008 Sloan Fine Art solo Gasoline exhibit 2008 Show Cave Gallery LA solo exhibit 2008 Gallery Le Le Tokyo 2007 Regent Gallery Group show LA 2007 Hyena Gallery solo show LA 2007 Black Chandelier Gallery LA 2007 Museum of Contemporary Comics NY 2007 Maude Carrin, LA, CA, 2007 Eagle Rock Museum Idaho 2006 Kunsthaus Museum exhibition + performance with Gelitin Bregens Austria 2006 Comics Art Museum NY 2006 Galleria Italia Italy 2006 Milk Gallery NY 2005 Copro‐Nasson group show Burgamot Station Santa Monica 2005 Richard Heller Solo Show Burgamot Station 2005 Claire Obscura Gallery LA 2005 Bellweather Gallery, NY, NY, 2004 Putnam Art Center, Pelham, NY, 2004 City Of Women Music /Art Festival , solo show, Lubliana Slovenia, 2003 Comics Art Gallery SF 2003 Richard Heller Gallery, Solo Show, Santa Monica, CA, 2002 Pond Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2002 Press Pop Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2001 Doll Exhibit, curated by Marcelle DuJour, LA, CA, 2001 Down Town Gallery, LA, CA, 2001 Show Pony, Solo Show, LA, CA, 2001 Multimedia Events including illustrations, performance, dolls, films, animation staged in galleries in Holland and Berlin, Aug. 1999 Artcite Gallery, Ontario, Canada, 1/99 B‐Bar Gallery, NY, NY, 4/99 Animazing Gallery, NY, NY, 5/98 Tribes Gallery, NY, NY, 6/98 Jorgensen Gallery, NY, NY, 7/98 Cedar Tavern (Women In Animation Group Show), NY, NY, 7/98 Max Fish Gallery, NY, NY, 11/94, 11/95, 11/96, 11/97, 11/98 Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 10/95 White Columns Gallery, NY, NY, 11/95 Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, 1996 Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA, 1/96, 11/99 Thread Waxing Space, NY, NY, 5/96 Round Up Gallery, NY, NY, 12/96 Lost Engine Gallery, Allston, MA, 11/95 Exit Art Gallery, 9/93, 12/95 CBGB Gallery, NY, NY, 7/94, 7/95, 7/96
CLOTHES DESIGN / FASHION ILLUSTRATION Anna Sui ‐ (T‐shirt illustration) Baby Doll ‐ (Tokyo‐based Gothic Lolita fashion) Coi‐Girl Magic ‐ (Tokyo‐based Gothic Lolita fashion) CWC ‐ (Tokyo‐based doll fashion for Blythe) Jared Gold ‐ (Illustrated designs) KU/Baby Doll ‐ Dame Darcy Designs for Tokyo‐based fashion label, also affiliated with LaForet (Tokyo‐based) All other design for clothes one of a kind fashion sold /distributed Dame Darcy
INTERIOR DESIGN Margaret Cho ‐ Custom stained‐glass doors depicting Meat Cake characters Courtney Love ‐ Border‐paintings for Courtney Love's home Courtney Love designs for promotional tour The Parlour Club ‐ West Hollywood Club interior design and sign Amoeba Music Store ‐ Window Display Out Fest ‐ Installations
RECORD COVER DESIGN Miss Murgatroid , record cover Tango Palace, record cover Kittywinder, record cover Boss Hog, record cover Agent Ribbons , record cover Songs From An Attic , record Cover Scotty Karate, record Cover Phalocracy , record cover Death By Doll , record cover
ANIMATION Duchess and Doppelganger, Cell animation vignette. Animation and artwork by Dame Darcy, 12/ 95. Turn of the Century, title sequence for Dame Darcy public access television, program. Art design and music by Dame Darcy, computer animation by Chris Kirella, 1996. Golden Shoes, computer animated vignette. Animation and artwork by Dame Darcy. Animated b y Adam Gravois. Toured with LowRes Festival, 4/96 and won First Prize for Experimental Animation at th e New York Animation Festival, 1999. Presented by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO. The Victorians, animated segue for PBS special, art and design by Dame Darcy. Computer animat ion by Adam Gravois, 5/96. MTV Station Identification, art, design and music by Dame Darcy, 7/96. Computer animation by Eric Calderone. Mistakes, vignette for Cartoon Network, art design by Dame Darcy. Storyboard by Mike Bade an d stop motion animation by Ben Goldman, 7/97. Paper Doll Fun, computer animated paper doll game. Art and music by Dame Darcy, Animation b y Daron Murphy, 1997. Planet Blue, Paper Online. Serialized installments of a partially animated comic, based on the scr eenplay for the feature film of the same name, 1999‐2000. Apple Blossom Time, short animated film with Lisa Barnstone 2000. Jim! Press Pop animation release Tokyo 2005. Rasputina Video 2007. Gasoline animation with Corey Michael Simthson 2008. Paper Doll On line Animation for Dame Darcy.com 2010. ACTING & PERFORMANCE Independent Films by George Kuchar, San Francisco, CA, 1989‐1991 Caroliner Rainbow, played banjo and recorded four albums & tour between 1989‐91. Suckdog, performance troupe, national tours, 1992 and 1998. Check Out Time, starred in independent feature film directed by Scott Hamrah, 1993. America's Best Eye Glasses, voice over for an animated television commercial directed by Henry Jones, 1995. Kitty Winder, acted in and designed sets for rock videos, 1995. Dame Darcy Plays, starred in short film directed by E. Steven Fried, 1995. GenArt Film Festival Be nefit. Turn of the Century, hosts and produces cable access television show on Manhattan neighborho od network, 1996‐Present. Risque Reverie, starred in short film directed by E. Steven Fried, 1996. The Hamptons International Film Festival, NY 1996 The Lower East Side Film Festival , NY 1996 Louisville Film & Video Festival, KY 1997 The GenArt Film Festival Benefit, NY 1997 Wilmington Exchange Festival, 1997 The Atlanta Film & Video Festival, 1998 Candela Film Festival. 1998 Elaborate Empire of Ache, starred in short film directed by Lisa Hammer, 1996 Chicago Film Festival, 1997 New York Underground Film Festival, 1998 European tour with Drift Distribution, 1997‐1998. Rest In Peace, starred in an independent short film directed by Rachel Amedeo, 1997. Dance of Death, starred and wrote independent short film, 1997. New York Underground Film Festival, 1999. Autohypnomania, starred in independent short film directed by Alexande Hazeltine, 1998. Black Strap Molasses Family ‐ Appalachian Folk Band, 1998‐2000. Silly Sauce, starred in independent short film directed by Marcel Dejure 1999 Cards With Cards ‐ starred and wrote independent short film, 1999. Angels of Light ‐ Michael Gira project music tour 1999. Centemeters Music Video by Charles Schneider, 2001. CABARET Acts, 1998 ‐ Present, at the following venues in New York City: Deep Dish, Slipper Room, Shrine, Red Vixen, Blue Angel. EZ Bake Coven Cabaret ‐ (Olympia, WA), 2000. San Francisco Lady Fest, 2002. AYE AYE CAPTAIN ‐ Sea shanty folk/rock band, L.A.‐based, 2001‐2003. Cabin Fever, Sea shanty folk/rock band, L.A.‐based, 2003‐2004. Toured with Nora Keyes in USA, Mar. 2003 Fever Performance in Slovenia at the City of Women Festival, 2002. Suckdog Tour ‐ Performance/music US tour 2005. Death By Doll ‐ Lady Fest Olympia, 2005. Rasputina ‐ US music tour, 2005. Death By Doll / Jane Eyre national book/music promotional US tour, 2006. The Love Show ‐ Cabaret CIA LA, 2006 Gasoline graphic novel / Death By Doll CD national release promotional tour 2008 Naughty Nautical Nite Cabaret Hosted at the Slipper Room by Dame Darcy/ Jessica Delfino 2008
- Dark Stars Rising, by Shade Rupe — 24 years of interviews with various creators of darker art (Headpress, 2010)
- A Conversation With Dame Darcy, By Ron Rege "Dame Darcy's Meat Cake was one of the most culturally visible alternative comic book titles of the 1990's." (The Comics Journal, 2016)
- Sullivan, Darcy (September 1994). "The Dame Darcy Interview". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (171). Archived from the original on September 20, 2016.
- Weaver, Damien (April 2004). "An Interview with Dame Darcy". Bookslut. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016.
- Hundley, Jessica (November 21, 2002). "Artist's vision lives; Dame Darcy turns a new page with her stylized graphic novel, Frightful Fairytales". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 27, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
- Kirchner, Lisa. "Books: Meatcake". Bust. New York, New York. Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
- Weiland, Jonah (August 15, 2006). "Dame Darcy on The Illustrated Jane Eyre". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 27, 2016.
- Dame Darcy at the Grand Comics Database
- "Dame Darcy". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 13, 2006. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016.
Darcy seriously began pursuing a life in art when she won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989. She majored in film and studied animation...At the same time, she pursued a career as an actress with parts in local independent films by director George Kuchar
- Collins, Sean T. (August 11, 2016). "Let Us Play: Comics Artist Dame Darcy on Her Mind-Blowing Meat Cake Bible". New York Observer. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016.
When I first started self-publishing comics I wanted to experiment with having my pen name be Richard Dirt...My Dad advised against it, saying that if I add a title to my first name, like Queen Latifah or Dr. Seuss, I would not have to deal with the hassle of actually changing my last name. I came up with Dame because it is alliterative with my first name and is a ladies' title.
- Calhoun, Ada (August 11, 2000). "Prophet for Our Times". The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016.
- "Dame Darcy's Mermaid Tarot Review". Cosmictarot.co.uk. October 16, 2015. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016.
- "Artist Bio – Dame Darcy". Fantagraphics Books. n.d. Archived from the original on December 27, 2016.
- Escobedo Shepherd, Julianne (November 3, 2015). "Frances Bean Has a Creepy Doll Made With Locks of Kurt Cobain's Hair". Jezebel. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016.
- Grebey, James (November 2, 2015). "Lock of Kurt Cobain's Hair to Be Sold at Auction Because People are Creepy Weirdos". Spin. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016.
Courtney Love commissioned doll maker and comic artist Dame Darcy to make a doll for her daughter using some of Cobain's blonde hair. The leftover hair is now on sale starting at $4,000.
- Scott, Shannon (May 11, 2016). "My Interview With The Inimitable Dame Darcy". Shannonscott.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2016.
She legitimately had in her possession some of Kurt Cobain's hair and nearly sold it for a significant sum of money before the auction was pulled because of Courtney Love's protest.
- Conner, Shawn (December 14, 2010). "Interview - Dame Darcy". Thesnipenews.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016.
Yeah, it's for the second issue of a comic called Women of Marvel. It's out now. It's a fairy tale with Invisible Girl [from the Fantastic Four], "Inviserella". The brother's gay, he gives her a beautiful new hairdo.
- Michaels, Sean (April 18, 2008). "Tori Amos's comic reinvention". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016.