Founded in September 2009, Stumptown Underground is a zine collective publishing anthologies of various printable works (comics, writings, illustrations) based on a different theme each month. Our mission is to give ourselves and our community the opportunity to be inspired by monthly themes to create more – and get published!
In addition to publishing zines, Stumptown Underground coordinates monthly events to promote community among local creators.
Stumptown Underground is a registered non-profit organization.
Curious about our esteemed editors? Read on…
Christina “Blue” Crow is your typical Portlander in the mid of her twenties and has lived in Portland for over 6 years. Before Portland, her life was rather wandering, but Portland is so wonderful that she has stayed. She likes to ride bikes, teach kids how to make comics, make music with fine folks, eat lots of vegan food, collect dinosaurs, run around in costumes, be rather slutty even though she’s a romantic, read comics, pet any cat she sees (she has two of her own Mona Mia and Wesley Dodds), go to comic and/or zine conventions, run around with kids all day, plan events, write letters (write her one), practice riding her unicycle, make gifts for friends, and chit chat over beers. You may also know her from Portland Zine Symposium, Stumptown Comics Festival, and riding really fast by you on her red Cannondale. She is also very easily stalked.
Katie Ash is an editor for Stumptown Underground, an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium, and a writer of zines. Born and raised in Virginia, she moved to Portland in 2008, and now spends most of her time making lists, folding paper cranes, and riding bikes.
Katy Ellis O’Brien is a painter and cartoonist from backwoods Oregon. Between juggling her childcare job and her artistic pursuits, she manages the website and submission calls for Stumptown Underground. You can view her portfolio, peruse her blog, follow her on Facebook, or buy her artwork on Etsy.
Jon Hallman is originally from Seattle and has lived in Portland for five years now. He loves comics, movies, comics, thai food, movies about comics, and comics about movies. He loves doing things around town at an ungodly hour when most people are asleep and therefore you will rarely see him before the crack of noon. Also, in case you have bad resolution and can’t see his picture very well, he is devilishly handsome.
Kirsten Smith is a native Oregonian and near Portlander (growing up in the burbs almost counts), but spent her university years far away on the east coast in Virginia. She is currently a satellite editor all the way in South Korea, where she teaches English to Korean elementary and middle school students. She loves the adventure and possibility of travel, but from time to time misses her home turf along with all the local color that it has to offer. No matter where she is, she loves interacting with strangers in personal ways, and she finds zining a great way to do it! Though her traveler’s heart keeps her wandering, Portland has always had the best of her–you’ll be sure to find her back there soon!
Hopskotch Sunday has always been interested in the creative arts. Growing up with comics and sci-fi/fantasy novels, he attended the University of Oklahoma with a focus in Studio Arts and Philosophy. He has since moved to Portland to pursue painting before he rediscovered his love of comics. He is now illustrating comics for Creator’s Edge Press, working on various projects of his own, reading/watching as much sci-fi/fantasy as he can and hoping to bring other creative types together. You can also find him rambling on Twitter and his blog. Express Yourself!!