Dame Darcy
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Dame Darcy
Dame Darcy
Born Darcy Megan Stanger
(1971-06-11) June 11, 1971 (age 47)
Caldwell, Idaho
Area(s) Cartoonist, fine artist, musician, performer, animator, filmmaker
Notable works
Meat Cake

Darcy Megan Stanger[1] (born June 19, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho),[2] better known by the pen name Dame Darcy 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 Books 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 America's Best Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Kitchen Sink Press, Starhead Comix,[6]Penguin Putnam, PressPop Tokyo, Merrell, 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.[1] During this time, she acted in films by George Kuchar.[7]

She made her first publishing deal at the age of 21 when her comic book series Meat Cake was picked up by Fantagraphics Books.[1] She originally considered using the pen name "Richard Dirt" but her father suggested adding a title to her own first name instead.[8]

She performed for a time with Lisa Crystal Carver and Jean-Louis Costes's underground cabaret Suckdog Circus.[9]

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.[] Her self-published Mermaid tarot card decks are independently distributed.[10][11]

She has illustrated for fashion designers Anna Sui and Gothic Lolita designers CWC, Baby Doll, Ku, Coi Girl Magic and Jared Gold[12] while working as a runway model.

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.[13] Dame Darcy planned to auction some of Kurt Cobain's leftover hair in 2015[14] but withdrew it following a complaint from Love.[15]

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


  • 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 Recordings, 2006)
  • Horse Hospital (Infinite Chug Records, 2008)
  • (Death By Doll) Cabin Fever (Emperor Penguin Recordings, 2008)
  • (Death By Doll) ElectroRococo (February 2011)

Further reading

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c Sullivan, Darcy (September 1994). "The Dame Darcy Interview". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (171). Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Weaver, Damien (April 2004). "An Interview with Dame Darcy". Bookslut. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ 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 2010. 
  4. ^ Kirchner, Lisa. "Books: Meatcake". Bust. New York, New York. Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Weiland, Jonah (August 15, 2006). "Dame Darcy on The Illustrated Jane Eyre". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Dame Darcy at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ "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 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Calhoun, Ada (August 11, 2000). "Prophet for Our Times". The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dame Darcy's Mermaid Tarot Review". Seventh Element. March 14, 2015. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Dame Darcy's Mermaid Tarot Review". Cosmictarot.co.uk. October 16, 2015. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Artist Bio - Dame Darcy". Fantagraphics Books. n.d. Archived from the original on December 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Michaels, Sean (April 18, 2008). "Tori Amos's comic reinvention". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. 

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