Sweet and Perverse

Last Gasp has just announced the final artist list for the imminent anthology Best Erotic Comics 2008, the first of a projected annual series compiled and edited by Greta Christina. This volume includes a short story from the first volume of Colleen Coover's Small Favors, and a contribution by friend of the studio Erika Moen. For ADULTS ONLY, duh."A literary and artistic exploration of human

Stumptown Comics Fest

Stumptown Comics Fest is this weekend! I just looked at their website and checked out where we will be. Here is a handy color-coded map, posted for your convenience. Come on by and say hello!Additionally, I was playing with the Cintiq the other day. This resulted:

Cover roughs for Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's Crawlspace

And Kieron's color work-up on the final inked version. Eventual colors by Tony Moore.More at the Crawl Space blog.

Dylan Meconis in the Willamette Week

Several cartoonists are profiled in this week's Willamette Week, as part of their Stumptown Comics Fest coverage. Among them is Periscope's own Dylan Meconis:Meconis, who started her first Web comic (Bite Me! , a vampire epic set during the French Revolution) at 17, now splits her time between Periscope Studios and the Portland design firm XPLANE. An organizer of the Stumptown Comics Fest, she

Cat Ellis says : "Crispy Banana!"

1-1/2 cups HONEY BUNCHES OF OATS Cereal, crushed1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon2 Tbsp. honey4 small ripe bananas, cut crosswise in half1/4 cup whipped cream. PREHEAT oven to 375ºF. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. Mix crushed cereal and the cinnamon on large plate. Pour honey onto second plate.ROLL each banana piece in honey, then in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Place in

Planet Saturday interview

Over at Talkaboutcomics, Shaenon Garrity talks to Planet Saturday's Monty Kane. Kane's a real talent to watch.

Zinesters talking: Erika Moen and Sarah Oleksyk

Live in Portland? Like making comics? ">Go here:Tuesday, September 25, 6:30–7:45 p.m.North Portland Library 512 N. Killingsworth St. Cost: Free (space is limited, so first-come, first-served)Explore the world of mini-comic zines with artist-authors Erika Moen and Sarah Oleksyk.

Friday afternoon fun.

So Parker found this webcam watching the construction near our studio. And our assistant James needed to run an errand, so we sent him with a sign to see if we could spot him. The sign was too small to read, but James was able to make himself clearly visible.

Advice From Bud Fisher

I'm mirroring this from my own blog, since I expect folks here will find it interestng.Bud Fisher, creator of Mutt & Jeff, is the current entry on our roster of cartooning bigwigs of the '20s who replied to Clare Briggs' questionnaire. Fisher's answers are brief, so I'll transcribe 'em below (in tandem with Briggs' questions, in blue), and follow them up with a page about Fisher's colorful life,

Hamm says: "Not so!"

Over at Publisher's Weekly Heidi posted something that sugeested that Minx titles haven't been getting much attention from female reviewers. Jesse Hamm, artist of Good As Lily, writes in to draw attention to a few that Heidi might have missed: The Philadelphia Inquirer's Katie Haegele says that GOOD AS LILY's "modern, imaginative story is a good choice for readers, male or female, who are

Hahn: "No C material allowed."

“In the morning people come in and the insults start to fly, you can’t bring your C material. But it calms down after lunch and the headphones go on and people get to work,”The Portland Tribune's Joseph Gallivan profiles Periscope Studio (Tribune photo of Kieron Dwyer by Jim Clark.) and the X-Axis

The comics section of just launched a set of Periscope Studio pages.Paul O'Brien has a great review of Click by Sara Ryan and Dylan Meconis. O'Brien says:"Ryan really does excel in this format - she takes a simple, emotional event, she makes her point simply and elegantly, and then she stops. In an era where everyone wants to make graphic novels, it's good to be reminded of the real

Weiner Dogs and Tanks

Some of us young Periscopians visited the Oktoberfest at Mount Angel on Saturday, and a lesson was learned for the amusement of all:If ever you thought that a Dachshund didn't look small enough... put it next to a tank.

Strange visitor from another planet.

One night recently, several of us were pulling a late shift at the studio. It was hot, so we had the window open. One of these flew in:I'm not an insect aficionado. My instinctual response to bugs is usually "Enemy! Enemy! Unstoppable enemy seeking to drive me from the top of the food chain!" But it's hard not to be entranced by something as gorgeous as this guy (gal?). Wish I knew what I was

Small satisfactions.

Terri Nelson realized that the spammers who hijacked our old blog were still using our old template header which includes an image in our webspace. That made its possible for us to make the spam-blog's header say this:We can't stop them from saying "periscope" up top, but it's something. Maybe we'll mess with the image some more.In other news, this one came out of nowhere: Whiteout was

New in stores from Rick Remender--

The End League

THE END LEAGUE #1 RICK REMENDER (W), MAT BROOME (P), SEAN PARSONS (I), and WENDY BROOME (C) On sale Dec 26FC, 32 pages$2.99Ongoing A thematic merging of The Lord of the Rings and Watchmen, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining supermen and women as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact

Fear Agent

Fear Agent #3 written and inked by Rick Remender with pencils by Tony Moore ships this week. Go buy it. Or don't. Whatever. I'm not the boss of you, I get it.

I'm going to bring you guys CULTCHA

even if it kills me.First up: Check out Judith Schaechter. She's a stained glass artist. REALLY stained-up glass."I... once decided to design a piece to be executed by some one else posthumously. It would be all the people I've drawn on stage taking a bow. Like, 'Thank you. Show's over.'" --js

Colleen Coover's Mary Marvel

Tuesday is Jesse Hamm day.

"All noble goals; all lousy advice. Lousy because it substitutes destinations for directions. Might as well direct someone to the Fortress of Solitude by telling her to go to Superman’s hideout. The shortest route to better comics is, instead, concrete advice that any creator can put to use right now.That said, here are 8 things I’d like to see more of in comics. These are suggestions that I

It's Ron Chan day here at Periscope.

"The artwork of Ron Chan is crisp and fits really well with the story being told. Ron did a great job of presenting the reader with the range of emotions each character( well, except Mr.Bloomberg of course) was experiencing."G.Rodrigue reviews Ron Chan's A Dummy's Guide to Danger at's been doing a lot of storyboards for big clients recently, and developing his caricature

Some good news.

"This happens to the story's main character, and I don't know how Ryan could have done it any better. We get a remarkably vivid sense of the frustration and confusion she feels, and artist Dylan Meconis is up to the task, enhancing and adding nuance. "Johnny Bacardi reviews Sara Ryan and Dylan Meconis' CLICK.(Read the whole comic online for free.) He also reviews Flytrap #3, illustrated by Ron

So I guess you're new here.

I've sent out several dozen copies of this email today:When our studio changed its name from Mercury to Periscope, I thought we were sort of stuck with our old blog URL. Today though, I was happy to stumble upon a button in the blogspot dashboard that enables you to move your content to a new blogspot URL, and I used it. Bang! All of our content was now available at http://

Rich does Fables.

A collector recently commissioned Rich Ellis to do a Fables piece. Here's what he got:If you're interested in commissioning an Ellis piece for yourself, write Rich at fendygit4(at)gmail.comOver at the Pulse, Sara Ryan and I were interviewed by Chris Beckett about Sara's and my first comics story together "Me and Edith Head." Sara's also got a seriously snazzy new web-design up at her site. (

Eddie on the zip

Eddie Campbell is blogging about screen tones. I've had a love/hate relationship with the stuff for years. While the traditional Wally Wood approach to zip never seemed a good match for my line, I've always adored what Eddie has done with those little dots. Guy Davis's "Baker Street" and Doug Wildey's work were inspirational too. When I started Whiteout, screen tones enabled me to get, as Eddie