Miss Anthology’s mission is to support racially and economically diverse young comic artists by teaching professional skills through hands-on workshops, and publishing their work online and in print. By introducing female and genderqueer artists and writers to the comics and the art industries before they graduate, they will gain a firm understanding and head start on their careers, as well as an established network of peers within this otherwise male-dominated field.
Melanie Stevens – Director/Grant Writer
Melanie handles everything from financials to public relations for Miss Anthology. She oversees our comic workshops and assists with the publication. Stevens is a Portland-based artist, illustrator, and writer. She received her BA in Political Science from Yale University and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is currently developing several graphic novel projects, including a vignette about Josephine Baker and a historical fiction series about the BLM. She also believes that no one is free until we all get free.
Emily Lewis – Designer
Emily designs our website, syllabi zines, merchandise, campaigns, and anthology layout. She is a comic creator and designer in Portland, OR. She received her BFA in art from Texas State University and her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. In her spare time, Emily enjoys watching horror movies, going to hockey games, punk shows, and spending time with her husband and two pets.
Jenny Blenk – Event Coordinator/Editor
Jenny is the editor for our anthology and oversees all events including book releases, tabling, and exhibitions. She is a Pacific Northwest native who grew up in western Washington. She moved to Portland two years ago to study comics and earn her MA in English at Portland State University, and she still lives here with five houseplants, a typewriter, and a little black rabbit named Bernadette. When she’s not reading, writing, or studying comics, Jenny can usually be found hiking, knitting, gardening, or working on cars.