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 LBGTQIA+ artists, writers, and creators 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 of Strategery
Melanie overlooks social media outreach, grant-writing, and financial acquisitions and maintenance. She also oversees our comic workshops, and assisted with the editing and designed the 2017 cover art for the printed anthology. Raised in the dirty South and currently residing in St. Johns, Stevens is an artist, curator, and writer. She received her BA in Political Science from Yale University and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. When she is not eating wings and/or ice cream, she is out and about in Portland making trouble of the art variety. She currently gives private tutorials on creating graphic novels and co-curates Nat Turner Project, a migratory gallery space that centers artists of color. She is also working on a graphic novel series, WaterShed, a love and death story about America through the lens of race, due out in Spring of this year.
See Melanie’s Work here.
Emily Lewis – Design Wizard
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.
See Emily’s work here.
Jenny Blenk – Editor of Shenanigans
Jenny is the editor of our anthology and oversees all events including book releases, tabling, and exhibitions. Jenny earned her BA in English and Spanish from Western Washington University, and later earned an MA in English Literature and a certificate in Comics Studies from Portland State University. Currently, Jenny works as an Assistant Editor at Dark Horse Comics in Milwaukie, OR, and lives in Portland with five houseplants, a typewriter, and a little black rabbit named Bernadette. She continues to write and present on academic topics related to comics, queerness, and disability. In her spare time, she loves hiking, gardening, metal shows, knitting, and working on cars.