Miss Anthology’s mission is to support diverse young comics 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 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 cisgender male-dominated field.
We are a Portland-based non-profit organization that hosts free comics workshops for female and LGBTQIA+ artists aged 9-18 and publishes the artwork of young artists in an annual anthology. Now in our second year, we are funded completely by grants and donations. We have managed to get funding for our workshops, but we need YOUR help in order to publish and print our 2018 volume of Miss Anthology, a beautiful and sweeping catalogue of comics artwork and writings by LGBTQIA+ and female artists in the Pacific Northwest.
We need $5300 to publish our 150-200 page full-color anthology of of high-quality artwork tracking various stages of artistic development in sequential art. Having their artwork published and carried in regional comics shops and conventions empowers Miss Anthology artists to pursue their dreams and talents and to continue to make work, particularly in an industry which still has a way to go in terms of diversity. Furthermore, this work is filled with stories that deserve to be told; narratives that have often gone unheard for far too long.
MEET THE MISS ANTHOLOGY TEAM
Melanie Stevens – Director of Strategery (She/Her/Hers)
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 this September.
Jenny Blenk – Editor of Shenanigans (She/Her/Hers)
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.
Jay Olinger – Jay of all Trades (She/Her/Hers)
An instructor of Comics Studies at Portland Community College, Jay Olinger is an artist-scholar who graduated with Distinction from the University of Dundee with a Masters of Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, fully-funded by the university’s International Excellence Scholarship. Her graduate thesis, Prompt(ed), explores media application at the intersection of fine art and comics, and was awarded the 2017 Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Prize. Residing in Portland, OR, Jay is an advocate of Comics Studies within higher education whilst also researching comics adaptations within small-press publishers.
Anna Vo – Equally Clueless Inclusion Special Agent (They/Them/Theirs)
Anna Vo is a radical educator of 8 years in over 20 countries in Inclusion, Refugee Support, Trauma-Informed Care, and Racial Justice. Editor of an internationally renowned publication for People of Color that has been going for 6 years, and a speaker, artist and musician who has exhibited and toured in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the States. Anarchist and local festival organizer.
Emily Lewis – Design Wizard (She/Her/Hers)
Emily has designed 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.
Risks and challenges
We have a brilliant team of comics artists, writers and scholars who are working on multiple aspects of our organization: from organizing and teaching to community outreach and inclusion. Not only do we want to encourage and facilitate young artists to trust and develop their own skills in creating work about their own stories, but we want to amplify those voices far and wide across the artistic landscape of the Pacific Northwest...especially in an industry which has historically had limited access to the most marginalized communities in regards to content creation.
But we need money to keep this train rolling.
Miss Anthology is completely funded by grants and donations and run by artists of modest means, and we need your help to publish our second volume of Miss Anthology.
We have successfully printed and published our first volume already: Miss Anthology 2017. So we understand the cost and labor necessary to complete a project like this (see the pie chart above for our cost breakdown). We've also received a great deal of WONDERFUL comics art submissions for the 2018 book. But we want to publish a full-color, manga-sized, high quality anthology...and we need at least $5300 to do that.
So, please, donate to this project so that we can continue to present great work from even greater young artists.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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