Get to Know Dux

Anywhere you go on the Duck Prints Press website, you’ll see our lovable mascot. But just seeing them doesn’t really give you the low-down on this very important member of the Duck Prints Press community. Read on and learn all about them!

Artwork of a duck, shown from the front. The duck is looking at the viewer with one eye, and their beak seems to be turned up in a faint smile or smirk. Their body is shown from a chest view, and their wings are not visible. Their beak and feet are orange; their body is white. Lineart in black outlines each element of the piece. This is Dux, the mascot for Duck Prints Press.

All Duck Prints Press ducks are called Dux. They use they/them pronouns and are non-binary or have no gender (they haven’t made which clear yet).

Dux came to be when, early in the development of the Duck Prints Press logo, we faced the important question: who had left those rainbow duck prints? Thus, Dux was born. They have been delighting us with their fabulous presence, their kindness, their mischief, and their joy in life ever since.

Whether our mascot is one Dux who likes to dress up in different ways, or many different Dux who all have a different schtick, is an open question. We don’t questions Dux’s self-presentation, and we assume Dux will tell us if and when they’re ready to do so.

The feathers of the Dux come in all colors, as do their beaks and eyes. They are a creative species who love to express themselves in many different ways, by trying out all kinds of hobbies and by dressing up.

DPP’s mascot Dux is named Darcy Paige Paddlesworth III. Their name was selected by our Patreons as part of an event we ran after reaching an early milestone. All other Dux have so far remained anonymous, though we have descriptions we use to differentiate them.



Darcy is available as a key chain! They are also on a lot of our logo merchandise, such as our logo die-cut sticker, tote bag, water bottle, mug, v-neck shirt, hoodie, and more! You can see all our Dux-related merchandise here.

Meet the Dux!

Imprint-Specific Dux | Book-Specific Dux | Other Dux

Imprint-Specific Dux

Desire!Dux. Mascot for Duxxx Prints Press, our explicit imprint.

Desire!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Book-Specific Dux

Barista!Dux, one of two Dux developed for the release of our anthology Add Magic to Taste. Originally released as part of an early fund-raising campaign during which people could pre-order barista!Dux stickers.

Barista!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Barista!Dux and Mage!Dux share pride of place on this mug.

Mage!Dux, one of two Dux developed for the release of our anthology Add Magic to Taste. They are the Add Magic to Taste campaign mascot.

Mage!Dux is available as a die-cut magnet and as a die-cut sticker.

Barista!Dux and Mage!Dux share pride of place on this mug.

Bard!Dux, one of the two Dux developed for the release of our anthology And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakepeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” They are the And Seek (Not) to Alter Me campaign mascot.

Bard!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Artist!Dux, one of the two Dux developed for the release of our anthology And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakepeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” They were ultimately used to make a monthly-backer-exclusive sticker.

Stars!Dux, one of the two Dux developed for the release of our paired anthologies He Bears the Cape of Stars and She Wears the Midnight Crown. They are the mascot for He Bears the Cape of Stars.

Stars!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Midnight!Dux, one of the two Dux developed for the release of our paired anthologies He Bears the Cape of Stars and She Wears the Midnight Crown. They are the mascot for She Wears the Midnight Crown.

Midnight!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Musketeer!Dux, developed for our anthology Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers”

We anticipate listing the die-cut sticker of Musketeer!Dux for sale on our webpage during the winter of 2023/24.

Droplet!Dux, developed for the novel Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley.

We are not sure if we’ll have enough extra Droplet!Dux die-cut stickers left post-campaign fulfillment to list them for sale.

Other Dux

Bowtie!Dux. They look very dapper in their bowtie. A sticker of them was made for the Add Magic to Taste campaign.

Bowtie!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

Pride!Dux. We haven’t used this Dux yet for anything, but sometimes a Dux has just gotta spread their wings and show some Pride.

Devil!Dux. Look, sometimes, Dux just needs to get their evil on.

Devil!Dux is available as a magnet.


Halloween!Dux. We asked our Patrons what halloween-themed dux they wanted, and they chose witch, so here we are!

We’ll be making the die-cut sticker of halloween!dux available during the winter of 2023/24.

Heart Eyes!Dux. This is an emoji on our Discord servers, a perfect way to show our Duxy excitement. We have a number of other Dux emojis, but if you want to see those, you’ll need to get in on one of our servers. 😀

Heart Eyes!Dux is available as a die-cut sticker.

All Dux are the creation of Alessa Riel, a member of the founding team of Duck Prints Press.