Sarah Dyer

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Sarah Dyer
Dyer at the Big Apple Comic Con, November 14 on 2008.
Born October 18
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
Action Girl Comics
Awards Lulu Award 1998
Spouse(s) Evan Dorkin

Sarah Dyer is an American comic book writer and artist with roots in the zine movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Early life[edit]

inspired by the mimeograph machine at her parents church, Dyer started creating original work as a child.[1] Dyer was born in Louisiana,[2] went to college in Gainesville, Florida and then moved to New York City. Nick-name: "Dame Darcy"[3]



Dyer's first work, aside from experimenting as a child, was a small publication called The Silhouette.[4]

While in school in Gainesville, FL, in 1988, she worked on the No Idea fanzine with Var Thelin.[5] Fed up with not getting credit for her work to date, Dyer created Mad Planet as her first solo work, and started collecting female zine work.[4] This collection grew into a project in 1992, when Dyer created and began distributing the Action Girl Newsletter. This was a review zine, listing zines and mini-comics created by female writers and artists.[6] In an interview, Dyer described the ideal audience of works such as Xena as "post-feminist women and girls." Dyer donated these zines, accumulated from reviewing for the Action Girl Newsletter, to Duke University, where it formed the core of their Zine Collections[7] at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.[4]

Graphic novels[edit]

Her first comic book credit was for coloring the cover for Pirate Corp$ #5 (December 1992).[1] But in October of 1994, Dyer launched the all-female comics anthology Action Girl Comics,[1] which showcased comics and mini-comics by female artists and writers, as well as Dyer's own Action Girl series. In addition to her work with comics, Dyer has self-published manuals and articles on topics ranging from zine publishing to cooking to making clothing, all firmly rooted in DIY philosophy.

Dyer created Meatcake, with a main girl character named Richard Dirt (characterized by her long blond hair, thrift store clothes and granny boots) and two Siamese twin friends, Hindrance & Perfidia, who drink straight from bottles.[3] This work epitomizes her 'sweet girl with dark twist' humor.[3]

Dyer has also colored Dorkin's work[8] including the cover art for several ska compilation albums in the 1990s.[9] Dyer wrote for Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Superman Adventures, and Batman Beyond.[1]

Animated Series[edit]

Dyer worked with her husband, Evan Dorkin, on the pilot episode for Welcome to Eltingville in 2002. The couple also wrote some episodes of the Superman animated series, such as the episode "Live Wire", which introduced a new character of the same name. The pair contributed to the script of the 2006 English-language version of the anime Shin Chan, which ran for six episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Dyer is married to fellow comics writer/artist Evan Dorkin, with whom she has a daughter named Emily.[10]


Sarah Dyer was nominated for a Lulu Award in the category "Lulu of the Year" in 1997[11] and won in 1998.[12] Also in 1998, she was nominated, but did not win, for Best Colorist: (for Amy Racecar Color Special #1 [El Capitan]) by the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.[13] In 1999 she and her husband Evan Dorkin were nominated for the Annie Award for Best Writing for the Space Ghost Coast to Coast Episode "Lawsuit".


  1. ^ a b c d Sarah Dyer at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ "Sarah Dyer". Lambiek Comiclopedia. June 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Trina., Robbins, (1999-01-01). Girls to grrrlz : a history of [women's] comics from teens to zines. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811821995. OCLC 317784460. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bingham Center Zine Collections |". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  5. ^ Piepmeier, Alison (2009). Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. New York, NY: New York University Press. pp. 23–26. ISBN 978-0814767528. 
  6. ^ Alison Piepmeier (1 November 2009). Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-6773-3. 
  7. ^ "Guide to the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection, 1985-2005". Duke University Libraries. n.d. Archived from the original on May 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Devlin, Desmond (August 14, 2013). "Idiot Spotlight: Desmond Devlin and Evan Dorkin's 'Chilling Thoughts 2013'". The Idiotical. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toyzilla Interviews Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer". Toyzilla. 2000. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. I got to know a few bands and band members...and eventually was asked to do the art for an anthology album by the guys from Bim Skala Bim. Eventually I did a few more, and when I met Sarah we both worked on them. We've done over a dozen 
  10. ^ Lane, Russ (June 21, 2008). "Heroes Con: The Creative Household Panel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Friends of Lulu 1997 Lulu Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Friends of Lulu 1998 Lulu Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sarah Dyer - Comic Book DB". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 

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