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!
We’ve been featured by the press in many short documentaries, local news items, and online interviews, and we regularly make group and solo appearances at conventions and signings.
We’ve been profiled in plenty of short documentaries, feature articles, and online interviews. Listed below are a few of our favorites.
We’re happy to consider requests for information or studio visits from members of the press. Please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 503-327-8215
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, Arts Beat: feature video, September 2010.
- Oregon Business, December 2009.
- Portland Tribune, September 2007.
- Publisher’s Weekly, August 2007.
- About.com, May 2007.
- PDX Magazine, September 2006. (Not available online.)
- Seattle Times / Portland Oregonian, March 2005.
- Portland Monthly, February 2005. (Not available online.)
- Comicon.com, May 2004.
Q: I’m an art director, publisher, creative director, commissioned art seeker, or print buyer, and I’d like to use a member of Helioscope to storyboard, illustrate, concept sketch, etc. How do I do that?
A: Write us at or call 503-327-8215.
Q: Will you draw me something on commission?
A: We like to draw commissions. Contact us to find out if we’re available, to discuss what you’d like, to find out prices, etc.
Q: Can I join Helioscope?
A: Sorry, we’re not looking for new members. We don’t have the space.
Q: Can I be an intern?
A: Not anymore. We’ve suspended our internship program.
Q: I have this great idea for a book. Will you do the drawings?
A: If your project has a professional budget and you’d like to hire an artist, we would be happy to talk with you! If you would like us to work on spec until the book finds a publisher, no.
Q: Do you ever work on spec?
Q: What is this “spec?”
A: “Spec” is short for speculation. Work without guaranteed payment is spec.
Q: Will you come out to speak or teach at my school, or my meeting, or my corporate retreat, etc.?
A: Contact us to find out our availability and price. We are often happy to do paid speaking or teaching engagements.
Q: My child loves to draw. Can I bring him or her by to see what you guys do?
A: No, but we may be able to come out to your child’s school to talk to their class. You could talk to your child’s teacher or principal, suggest us for an art enrichment day, and pass along our contact information.
Q: Can you critique my portfolio?
A: The best place to have this done is at a convention or one of our store signings. See our Appearances page for upcoming dates.
Q: I have a comic or artwork that I’d like to have you sign. How?
A: Bring it with you to a convention or a store appearance and we’d be happy to sign it. If that’s impossible, contact us, and we may be able to work something else out.