• Our Staff •


(pictured from left to right)

Lara Kim Higgins served as the Art Director for Art Ducko from 2014-2015.

Benni M. Rose is a senior at the University of Oregon. Benni is pursuing a B.A. in English with minors in Comics and Cartoon Studies and East Asian Studies. In addition to serving as a copy editor for Art Ducko, Benni is Vice President of the UO chapter and the Associate Student Representative for the Far Western Region of international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, an office assistant for the UO Community Service Center, a student technician for the UO Center for Media and Educational Technologies, and a volunteer for the Cascade Foothills Library (Dexter, OR). After half a decade of library volunteer work, Benni finally realized that it is possible to get paid to work in libraries and now plans to obtain a Master of Library and Information Science degree after graduation. When not working or studying, Benni enjoys reading, writing, painting, running, playing video games, and playing pool with friends.

Lauren Amaro is the head copy editor at Art Ducko and one of the magazine’s founding members. She is a junior at the University of Oregon and is working towards a degree in English and a minor in Comic and Cartoon Studies. She spent last spring interning at The Cartoon Museum in London and this past summer interning at Milkfed Criminal Masterminds in Portland. Her very first comic was The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, and she’s very excited about its return to print.

Alex Milshtein is the founder and editor-in-chief of Art Ducko. He is currently a Junior at the University of Oregon and is pursuing a major in both Political Science and History as well as a minor in Comic and Cartoon studies. Alex is a huge fan of Archie and  MAD Magazine as well as The  Far Side, Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County, and a variety of manga and anime. He credits MAD Magazine as being his main inspiration for becoming involved in comics.

Jalan Ember is a senior at the University of Oregon, and works as Art Ducko’s chief designer. He is soon to graduate with a major in Digital Arts an a minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies. In his free time, he does comics and illustrations of his own, and plays Nintendo games fervently. He weighs 60 pounds and is covered in curly hair, and loves catching the ball all day long. He loves it so so so much. Where is his ball now? He needs his ball.

Louis Cicalese is a senior at the University of Oregon and is pursuing a BA in Psychology and minors in Creative Writing and Comics and Cartoon Studies. On campus, he acts as an editor and Event Director for Art Ducko, as well as a prose editor for the Unbound Literary Arts Magazine and an art gallery coordinator for the Cultural Forum. In his free time, Louis enjoys reading, writing, running, playing video games, identifying popular genre tropes that have leaked their way into his life, and deploying caltrops at enemy horses.

Erick Wonderly is the Art Director of Art Ducko Magazine. Erick is from Roseburg, Oregon, and is currently a sophomore student at the University of Oregon studying both Art and Journalism. He is a cartoonist for Art Ducko but also does some freelance work. Erick loves comics, literature, painting, and visiting coffee shops.