MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS, INC. is the production company of television and comic book writers Kelly Sue DeConnick & Matt Fraction. Based in Portland, OR, Milkfed is home to award-winning comic series such as BITCH PLANET, CASANOVA, ODY-C, PRETTY DEADLY and SEX CRIMINALS.
Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers' rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick's most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.
Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he's a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He's a New York Times bestselling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.
Kit Cox (Lt. Trouble) handles Milkfed event appearances, correspondence, travel, and general Admin Stuff. On occasion (awesome occasion) she doubles as a live human duck for “talking to the duck” story brainstorming sessions. Her job title makes it sound like she’s Kelly Sue and/or Matt’s adorable sidekick, which is about right. She co-wrote a comic short with Kelly Sue for the PRINCELESS Charity Anthology, due out in late 2016.
Wendy Klein (Majordomo) a 6’3” noncompliant blonde, Klein does whatever it takes to keep the ship afloat so the rest of the crew can get the books out the door: everything from feeding dragons (and people) to mailing stripper poles thru the USPS (yes, that happened). She loves her Milkfed family and lives to make their rather chaotic lives run smoothly. Wendy has three grown children of her own and has been married for 29 years.
Laurenn McCubbin (Designer) is an illustrator, designer, editor and large-scale multimedia installation artist. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Comics & Narrative Practice at Columbus College of Art & Design, the in-house designer for Milkfed, editor-in-chief of CCAD’s SPITBALL Anthology, and the editor of MOONSTRUCK (Image). She lives with her husbadger, her baby sister, her mom, 4 dogs and 2 cats. She’s pretty sleepy, you guys.
Lauren Sankovitch (Managing Editor) loves reading comics. She also edits them. With gusto. Formerly of Marvel Comics, Lauren went full Hollywood and developed the next big TV thing in LA until the siren song of the Pacific Northwest lured her away. She now wrangles Milkfed Criminal Masterminds as managing editor. Lauren enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, volcanoes, Oreo cookies and is an inveterate space junkie.
Intern From time to time, Milkfed hosts student interns, usually from the University of Oregon or Portland State University. If you are interested in our program, check with your school's internship coordinator for listings. (Though they do bear a striking resemblance, that photo is not our intern. That is our mascot "BB Crim.")