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 and World War II, Melissa mixes the experience of simple joys, the crushing tragedy of poverty in America, flashes of violence, and quiet moments. Melissa’s strength lies in quiet subtleties. Intimacy with the characters makes you invested, and eager to know what happens next.