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.

Page 1 of The Weight, Part 6

Here are some reviews of earlier issues:

  • Alex Dueben, CBR: Melissa Mendes Puts Family History at the Heart of Her Comics (interview)
  • Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier: “Mendes’s cartooning style might look a little simple at first, but it’s deceptively eloquent in its body language and expression.”

Melissa is best known for her comics Lou (originally serialized by Oily Comics; collected by Alternative Comics, 2016) and Freddy (self-published, 2011).

Page 1 of The Weight, Part 1

Post by Angela Boyle (’16).

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