Melissa Mendes ′10 Comic Strip in the Chicago Reader
Melissa Mendes ′10 is making more comics with Violet, Private Eye, a weekly comic strip for the Chicago Reader. It’s about a crime-fighting kid, who you can read about in print and online. Now is the time to get in on this comic as it just started on January 15. Cats, kids, and cops? Sounds like fun.
A new issue of The Weight, No. 6, by Melissa Mendes (’10) is out through Radiator Comics. The comics is inspired by a short autobiography that her grandfather John Albert Ridgeway wrote at the end of his life, chronicling a long life of hard work. The comic focuses on Edie, a young girl born during depression-era, rural New York State.
Melissa publishes the comic online, two pages, a week. But she also publishes it in print, which you can subscribe to on her Patreon. Each black-and-white issue is between 15 and 40 pages long, with this latest issue at 24 pages.
Next Up Visiting Artists: Melissa Mendes and Charles Forsman
Melissa Mendes lives and works in Hancock, Massachusetts. She attended Hampshire College for her undergraduate studies, and at The Center for Cartoon Studies she got her MFA. In 2010 she received a Xeric Grant to publish her first graphic novel, Freddy Stories. She has drawn comics with the Ladydrawers for Trughout.org, Bitch Media, and illustrated a chapter book called Jack Strong Takes a Stand (Roaring Brook Press). Her comic, Lou, was published in 17 issues by Oily Comics. She is drawing a series for Belt Magazine titled Harvey and Me, written by Ann Elizabeth Moore, about her adventures with Harvey Pekar. Melissa is currently serializing her graphic novel, The Weight.
Charles Forsman is a 2008 graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. Forman is a three-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published mini comic, Snake Oil and his graphic novel The End of The Fucking World (Fantagraphics). Fantagraphics also published his graphic novel Celebrated Summer in 2014. Forsman lives in Hancock, Massachusetts where he runs Oily Comics and works on his monthly action comic book, Revenger.