Mike Russell (author)

Mike Russell in 2009

Mike Russell is a writer and cartoonist who currently lives in Portland, Oregon. His best known work, Gossip girlCulturePulp appears regularly in The Oregonian.[1] In addition to writing articles for the publication, his work has appeared nationally in a variety of mediums including: comic books, newspapers, posters, college lectures and magazines.


Russell is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he worked for The Oregon Voice, a campus publication.[2] He majored in Magazine Journalism and later began a career in media at The Clackamas Review, a Pamplin Media Group community paper in Milwaukie, Oregon. In early 2004, he joined The Oregonian as a freelancer. The first CulturePulp strip appeared in the paper in March 2004, followed by another series titled "Mr. Do and Mr. Don't." Since then, he has contributed articles and comics to Willamette Week, The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal.[3]

In addition to his work as a cartoonist, Russell pens movie and book reviews, celebrity interviews and other articles for The Oregonian.[4][5]

Russell is also the author of the Star Wars comic Jaxon's 11[6] and edits Serenity Tales, a collection of comics that focuses on the popular cult science fiction program Firefly.[7] In 2004, Russell created a poster for the Timbers Army, a fan club that follows the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer team in Portland.[8]

In December 2010, he released Cort and Fatboy and the Secret of the Buried Unicorns, an illustrated adventure starring Cort Webber and Bobby Roberts, the hosts of cortandfatboy, a radio show in Portland.[9] Russell has regularly appeared on the show as a weekly co-host since 2006.[10]

In early 2011, Russell created The Sabertooth Vampire. The comic strips were later assembled into a print collection.[11] A follow-up, titled The Sabertooth Vampire Unleashed, was released in October 2011. Over the course of 2012, several issues of Dark Horse Presents included Sabertooth Vampire comics, one of which featured an encounter between the titular character and Hellboy, the popular comic book hero.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Russell was adopted as a child and wrote about his experiences for a presentation/essay titled "The Bastard Spawn Speaks."[13]


  1. ^ Olsen, Erin (January 1, 2005). "Oregonian Comic Delivers the News". Editor and Publisher. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Nyberg, Dr. Amy K. (March 5, 2010). "THE CULTUREPULP Q&A: Mike Russell". College Media Adviser's Conference, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Russell, Mike (March 4, 2004). "Comics Fight Their Way Into the Mainstream". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "Mike Russell: Special to the Oregonian". The Oregonian. 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Rick, Emerson (June 5, 2009). "Culture Pulp". Outlook Portland. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  6. ^ Hanel, Chris (2004). "Face to Face With the Masters". The Force.Net. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  7. ^ Thomas, Miranda (October 11, 2005). "The Signal: Season 2, Episode 19". The Signal. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Timbers Army". Timbers Army. 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  9. ^ Dorr, Doug (March 31, 2011). "Mike Russell and David Walker Signing". Portland Comics. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  10. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (April 7, 2011). "David Walker and Mike Russell Book Release Party". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Davis, Lauren (February 26, 2011). "The Hilarious Tragedy of the Sabertooth Vampire". io9. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "The Sabertooth Vampire Sinks His Teeth Into Dark Horse Presents". Dark Horse. March 7, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  13. ^ Russell, Mike (February 2000). "The Bastard Spawn Speaks". CulturePulp. Retrieved May 5, 2011.

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