Can a small band of artists join together to change the world? Probably not, but they can at least get a new name.

Mercury Studio, the largest physical studio of freelance comic book creators in North America, announced today that it has a new name: Periscope. This follows a move to a new space overlooking downtown Portland, long known as a major hub of the comics industry.

“We often invited creators from all ends of the field to come by and work,” explained Jeff Parker, a Periscope member best known for his writing at Marvel Comics. “As we were looking to move to a larger space, Steve Lieber suggested we go ahead and invite some of them to have permanent desks. Now we’re a fairly thorough cross-section of the comics industry.”

“We can really pool resources and let our skills cross pollinate,” added founding member David Hahn. ” Now it’s common to see a major emerging talent like Colleen Coover swap tips with an established veteran like Ron Randall, or Jesse Hamm assisting Matthew Clark in between his own graphic novels.”

New member Dylan Meconis describes the varied work week of the new assemblage. “We’re doing storyboards, editorial illustration, theatrical and animation design. On any given day, there can be a dozen different projects going on here- and of course, comics!”

Pete Woods appreciates the new level of energy around Periscope, but predicts a snag. “If we don’t get a second Cintiq Graphics Tablet, it could get ugly.”

Periscope credits include properties like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and prestigious graphic novels like Paul Guinan’s Boilerplate and Steve Lieber’s Whiteout, currently filming at Warner Brothers with Kate Beckinsale in the lead role. Upcoming GN’s include new Minx line’s Good As Lily with work by Hamm, and Meconis’ new book, Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love, which has been greeted with excellent reviews.

Work by several Periscope members is currently featured at Floating World Comics Gallery at 20 NW 5th Ave in Portland.

A complete roster of members can be found at . For further information, contact Steve Lieber at [email protected]