Acquisitions Editor, Universal Uclick
Shena got her start as an intern with Universal Press Syndicate her senior year of college. After graduation she was hired by Uclick, which later merged with Universal Press Syndicate to form Universal Uclick. UU is the largest comic strip syndicate in the world and has been based in Kansas City for more than 30 years. Its properties include classic comics such as Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Dilbert, as well as modern classics The Boondocks, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy and most recently, Phoebe and Her Unicorn.
Shena was born in Michigan, but moved to Kansas when she was a child. She originally went to the University of Kansas for chemical engineering, but switched to English and graduated in 2003.
As an acquisitions editor, Shena is always on a quest for new content. She works with creators on developing comics from concept to publication in newspapers and other platforms. As part of her job, Shena attends multiple conventions including Comic-con International in San Diego, New York Comic Con, SPX in Bethesda and CXC in Columbus.
What is it about KC that inspires creativity in you?
I’m sure you get this all the time, but there are so many creative people here. I remember going on architecture tours of downtown Kansas City when I was younger. Working downtown now is really inspiring.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
The River Market.
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Washington, D.C. I really got into it a couple of years ago. There’s a direct flight from here to there and once you land, tons of free museums. I think it’s a great place to visit.
What's your most treasured possession?
A necklace that belonged to my brother.
Who's your favorite fictional hero?
Grand Admiral Thrawn, from Star Wars.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
Tyra Banks, she tries so hard and means so well – but she’s kind of crazy.
When and where are you happiest?
At home with my cats, Donald and James.