Stumptown (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Oni Press
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Crime, Detective fiction
Publication date November 2009 – February 2010
Number of issues 4
Main character(s) Dex Parios
Creative team
Writer(s) Greg Rucka
Artist(s) Matthew Southworth
Letterer(s) Matthew Southworth
Colorist(s) Lee Loughridge
Creator(s) Greg Rucka
Matthew Southworth
Editor(s) Jill Beaton
Randal Jarrell
James Lucas Jones

Stumptown is a four-issue American comic book limited series, written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth, launched by Oni Press on November 4, 2009. A second volume began in September 2012 and will run for five issues.

The comic book is a modern day Detective fiction series based in Portland, Oregon, featuring Dex Parios, a female private investigator with a gambling problem. It takes place in the same continuity as Rucka's novel Fistful of Rain and Atticus Kodiak novels (by the virtue of sharing minor characters).


The first issue begins in medias res with Dex's attempted murder and then showing the events leading up to this as she attempts to track down the casino owner's granddaughter in exchange for clearing her gambling debt. Each story arc will be one case and will span four issues.[1]


In an iFanboy podcast, Rucka says he was going to write his college thesis on the American Detective genre.[2] He cites authors such as Dennis Lehane, Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler as influences in the creation of his character, Dex Parios. He also credits television shows of his youth such as Magnum, P.I., Simon and Simon, and The Rockford Files[3]


Oni Press announced that in less than one week, the first issue sold out at the distributor level.[4]


  1. ^ Hudson, Laura (August 19, 2009). "Greg Rucka Brings the Private Eye to Portland in 'Stumptown'". Comics Alliance. 
  2. ^ Richards, Ron (November 2, 2009). "Stumptown #1 with Greg Rucka". iFanboy. 
  3. ^ Furey, Emmett (July 28, 2007). "CCI: The Mean Streets of Rucka's Stumptown". Comic Book Resources. 
  4. ^ Kaye, Edward (November 9, 2009). "Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s Stumptown #1 Sells Out!". Hypergeek. 


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