Stumptown (comics)

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Stumptown
Publication information
Publisher Oni Press
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Crime, Detective fiction
Publication date November 2009
Number of issues 16
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 an American comic book limited series and later ongoing, written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. The first series launched by Oni Press on November 4, 2009 and ran for four issues. A second miniseries began in September 2012 and ran for five issues and a third volume, this time ongoing, began in September 2014.

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).

Plot[edit]

The first series 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.[1]

Influences[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

Oni Press announced that in less than one week, the first issue sold out at the distributor level.[4] The first volume was nominated for the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.[5]

Collected editions[edit]

Hard Covers
Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Stumptown - Volume One Stumptown Vol. 1 #1–4 April 5, 2011 978-1934964897
Stumptown - Volume Two Stumptown Vol. 2 #1-5 October 1, 2013 978-1934964378
Stumptown - Volume Three Stumptown Vol. 3 #1-5 April 28, 2015 978-1620102015

Notes[edit]

  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. 
  5. ^ "2011 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Newsarama. April 7, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 

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