WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Helioscope (formerly Periscope Studio.) We’re a collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists based in downtown Portland, Oregon. Learn more about each member and see samples of their work by clicking on their bio!

Our members have won or been nominated for categories of every major industry award, been highlighted in local, national, and international press, and have featured in documentaries, art galleries, museum exhibitions, and countless industry interviews. Please contact us if you're interested in accessing our digital press kit. 


HELIOSCOPE'S HISTORY

Helioscope was founded in 2002 by 11 comics artists in Portland, Oregon. Portland had become a major hub for the comics industry, with nearly half a dozen publishers calling the area home, and the number of working artists in residence had also reached a new high.

A collective workspace is a great fit for the labor-intensive and collaborative nature of comics production, and within five years the studio's membership had doubled. Originally called Mercury Studio, the group became Periscope Studio in 2007 and expanded to a new location. In 2016, the studio (now composed of almost thirty active members) completed its final rebranding as Helioscope, and is incorporated as an LLC.

Over the years, Helioscope’s writers and artists have created countless pages of comics for just about every major publisher, and provided commercial illustration and consulting for a wide range of clients and agencies. Through their mentorship program, they have offered guidance to dozens of new artists. 

May 2002. The day we all inspected our first studio space. Moments after this photo was taken, an extended kung-fu battle ensued to determine who would sit where.
Back Row: Ron Randall, Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson, Matthew Clark, Paul Guinan, David Hahn, Rebecca Woods, Pete Woods
Front Row: Steve Lieber, Drew Johnson
Photo credit: Paul Guinan