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Dame Darcy

The Meat Cake Bible

On sale date: July 26, 2016

This updated collection of Dame Darcy's gothy, punky comics includes her collaboration with Alan Moore.

Dame Darcy is one of the sui generis artistic talents of the past two decades — musician, actress, fortune teller, dollmaker, Gen X/feminist icon, and last but not least, cartoonist to the core — and has been bewitching readers for over 20 years with her neo-Victorian horror/humor/romance comic Meat Cake. Alternating between one-off (often cruelly tragic) fairy tales and ongoing romps starring her eclectic cast of characters, including Effluvia the Mermaid, the roguish roué Wax Wolf, Igpay the Pig-Latin pig, Stregapez (a women who speaks by dispensing Pez-like tablets through a bloody hole in her throat), the mischievous Siamese twins Hindrance and Perfidia, Scampi the Selfish Shellfish, the stalwart Friend the Girl, and the blonde bombshell Richard Dirt, all delineated in her inimitable luxurious scrawl, Meat Cake is like a peek into the most creative, deranged dollhouse you ever saw. The Meat Cake Bible is the definitive collection of the series, collecting every story from all 17 issues (1993-2008) — including "Hungry Is the Heart," Darcy's legendary collaboration with Alan Moore — as well as new stories from the unpublished 18th issue.


"You pull it open, and there is so much energy shooting out. Like anything very bright, you have to let your eyes get used to it." — Bitch Magazine

"Meat Cake helped set the aesthetic tone of the hothouse 1990s." — NPR

"This tome cements it. Dame Darcy is an irrevocable part of comics history." — Portland Mercury

"These comics, full of pointy tits, ghosts, scary dolls, and Victorian dresses, influenced a generation of women artists. Rapists are attacked, friendships are made, and dolls are possessed." — The Comics Journal

"Rhapsodic, romantic, sexy, silly, and macabre all at once." — The Observer


Black and white with some color
7.5" × 10.6"