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Be Gay, Do Comics Wins Ignatz Award

The Ignatz Awards, traditionally a big part of the Small Press Expo (SPX), were held online this year, including the award ceremonies. Congratulations to everyone in Be Gay, Do Comics, an anthology from The Nib, for winning Outstanding Anthology. Congratulations also to Melissa Mendes ’10, Emil Wilson ’21, and fellows (Noah Van Sciver (2015-16 Fellow), and Karen Katz (2018-20 Fellow) for their nominations.

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Tags: Be Gay Do Comics, Chapter Two, Comics, Eleri Harris, Emil Wilson, Ignatz Award, Karen Katz, Kazimir Lee Iskander, Melissa Mendes, Noah Van Sciver, Sasha Velour, selfpublishing, The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski, The Nib, The Weight, zines

Melissa Mendes ′10 Comic Strip in the Chicago Reader

The first comic for "Violet, Private Eye" by Melissa Mendes

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.

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Tags: Alternative Weekly, Chicago Reader, Comic Strip, John Porcellino, Melissa Mendes, Micke Centeno, Patreon, Prairie Pothole, Tech, The Weight, Violet Private Eye

Alum Melissa Mendes’s new issue of The Weight

Cover of The Weight, Number 6, by Melissa Mendes

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.

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Tags: Cartoon Studies, Freddy, Graphic Novel, Lou, Melissa Mendes, Mini-comics, new issue, Oily Comics, Self-published, serialized, The Weight

Three The Center for Cartoon Studies alumni and past fellow have made the Best American Comics of 2016: Notable Comics list!


Best American Comics 2016 CCS Notables

TILLIE WALDEN ′16, The End of Summer

MELISSA MENDES ′10, The Weight #1-3

DW ′12, Mountebank, Pages 1-26, Irene 5

BLAISE LARMEE, (CCS Fellow ′11-′12) 3 Books

Tags: Best American Comics, Bill Kartalopoulos, Blaise Larmee, Comic, DW, Graphic Novel, Melissa Mendes, The End of Summer, The Weight, Tillie Walden

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, 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.

Tags: Celebrated Summer, Charles Forsman, Harvey and Me, Ignatz Award Winner, Melissa Mendes, Oily Comics, Revenger, Snake Oil, TEOTFW, The Weight