Dame Darcy
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: 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.


On his or her birthday, HiLobrow irregularly pays tribute to one of our high-, low-, no-, or hilobrow heroes. Also born this date: Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Iain Sinclair.

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Joshua Glenn is an author, publisher, and semiotic analyst. He is co-author (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) of THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and co-author (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) of the family activities guide UNBORED and three forthcoming spinoffs, including UNBORED Games. He is editor of HILOBROW and publisher of the Radium Age science fiction imprint HiLoBooks. Also: Glenn manages a secretive online community known as the Hermenautic Circle; he is founding editor of the e-book club Save the Adventure; and he's a frequent co-host of Boing Boing's podcast GWEEK. In the ’00s, Glenn was an editor, columnist, and blogger for the Boston Globe's IDEAS section, he co-founded the international semiotics website SEMIONAUT, and contributed to CABINET, SLATE, and elsewhere. In the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT, worked as a dotcom and magazine editor, and contributed to THE BAFFLER, FEED, and elsewhere. His publishing company is King Mixer, LLC; and his semiotic analysis consultancy is Semiovox LLC. He lives in Boston with his wife and children.