Melissa Mendes’ grandfather, John Albert Ridgeway wrote a short autobiography at the end of his life. It chronicled a long life of hard work, and inspired Melissa’s minicomic series, the Weight.
Telling the story of a tomboy, Edie, growing up during the Great Depression, Melissa mixes moments of simple joy with the crushing tragedy of poverty in America. Melissa’s strength lies in quiet subtleties. Intimacy with the characters makes you invested, and eager to know what happens next.