Storytelling artist Ellen Stedfeld carefully grows and cultivates daydreams as essential ingredients for illustration, comics, and other creative forms. She made her first mini-comic Feed the Beast by putting a poem to pictures, depicting unanswered love as a funny-looking monster that eats your feelings. Sidescape explores seeing the world from a different perspective when you have unusual powers, and connects to her larger endeavor When Life’s Just Super, about an aspiring young hero with a questionable past. Ellen is currently partnering with writer Zubair Simonson on Pantheon, a modern myth of ancient Greek gods invading the life of an ordinary man, in a determined attempt to rise back to power.
When friend/collaborator Jon Gorga co-founded Carmine Street Comics, she initiated the Storefront Artist Program, for shoppers to personally meet creators making comics and selling drawings from a studio in the window. She provides art direction for Pronto Comics, a non-profit publisher that educates and assists creators aspiring to pursue comics professionally. Aside from comics, she sketches live at music shows, business workshops, and other special events around New York City.