This is a really, really nice review of my first collection of Freddy stories (buy it here!) and a mini from fall 2008 called Dear Bill (read it here!) from Rich Kreiner at the Comics Journal's most recent Mini-Comics Monday. Here's a quote: (man, does this guy have a way with words...)
"These comics by Melissa Mendes are the strip equivalent of haikus, rigorously trimmed distillations of concrete, evocative moments bespeaking clarity and insight. Like those terse, concrete poems, these cartoons achieve an air of untroubled spontaneity. But instead of reflecting upon the natural world, they preoccupy themselves with social and domestic conditions rooted in — should we be so lucky — shared experience."
Gosh. Thanks Rich!
Right now, I am working my rear end off on my thesis project at the Center for Cartoon Studies, which is a new collection of Freddy stories (and possibly more). Here is a little preview panel:
In other news, we're not going to TCAF anymore. It's kind of sad (TCAF is AWESOME!), but we're poor, and plus I couldn't go anyway because it's the same weekend as my little sister's senior thesis show at Hampshire College. Go Amy!!!