Dame Darcy
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: About Josh, Comics, HiLo Heroes

I met DAME DARCY (Darcy Stanger, born 1971) twenty years ago on the set of a never-to-be-completed movie about the end of history; she was one of its stars, and in addition to my precision stunt driving gig, I was appointed her wrangler. When she wasn’t being filmed, Darcy could sometimes be coaxed into singing a dirge while accompanying herself on the autoharp, or working on her drawings (her long-running Fantagraphics comic Meat Cake would debut in ’93)… but she also wanted to play dress-up, use her telekinetic powers to slam doors, and get into fist fights. If she sounds like too much to handle, that’s because she is; now you know why her comic is called Meat Cake — they’re two decadent foods, so why not combine them? Darcy’s world is a child’s garden of verses overrun by drunken mermaids, grave-robbing French maids, and Vitalis-groomed cads. If this sort of thing sounds like your cup of spooky-kooky tea, read Meat Cake; pre-order her forthcoming graphic novel, Hand Book for Hot Witches; browse her paintings and illustrations; listen to her darkwave band, Death By Doll; and otherwise support her work.


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Joshua Glenn is a cultural and brand semiotician, and co-principal of the agency SEMIOVOX LLC. He is editor and publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age sci-fi paperback imprint HILOBOOKS. He is author of (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY (2008) and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY (2011); and he is co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY (2007) and SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS (2012). With Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Tony Leone, Josh produced the popular family activities guides UNBORED (2012), UNBORED GAMES (2014), and UNBORED ADVENTURE (2015), not to mention two UNBORED activity kits from MindWare. In the ’00s, Josh was an editor and columnist for the BOSTON GLOBE's IDEAS section; in the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons.