Literally: A Reading Series, presented by Write A House Housed at the historic Scarab Club and presented by Write A House, Literally: A Reading Series brings journalists, poets, cartoonists, novelists, and other writers together in Midtown Detroit. Like the term for which the series is named, Literally may offer tangible, verifiable facts or outrageous, fanciful claims. Hosted and curated by […]Read more "Literally, A Reading Series (ongoing)"
“Nicole Hill, a student and single mother, was living in Detroit, Michigan in 2014 when her water was shut off for non-payment — even though she had not received bills indicating her balance or a notice of non-payment. She then entered into a maze of redundant billing, administrative dead ends, and court cases, all while […]Read more "Teen Vogue"
Continuing the long-running investigative comics journalism series (previously called Ladydrawers) as a collaborative endeavor, Melissa Mendes and Anne Elizabeth Moore are in the midst of a 15-month series for Truthout that explores water, land, and housing rights in and around Detroit, Michigan. Through in-depth interviews, shoe-leather reporting, deep research, and brilliant, thoughtful graphics, the series seeks to explore challenges […]Read more "Water, Land, and Housing in Detroit MI (ongoing)"
The Letterpress Vomit Poster Series (2017) began as an organic exploration of what improvisational wood-type printing might be able to accomplish. The onomatopoeic spellings were created on the fly in the studio, with punctuation used to create visual interest. The first poster is green on white paper with an alternate red word, while the second […]Read more "Letterpress Vomit Poster Series (2017)"
“That there are few recognizable visual cues associated with censorship is one reason the topic receives such short shrift in our brand-focused, social media-infused culture. Another is that the topic is nearly impossible to address with objectivity, a concept particularly beloved by those who impose limits on speech and speakers: if a censoring body refuses […]Read more "PEN America"
Seeing Silence was a collaborative zine-making project with students in the designmatters program at ArtCenter. Students were asked to create visual responses—on paper, transparencies, or translucent materials—to a series of prompts recalling moments they may have experienced censorship, silence, or disability. Participants were then encouraged to rework each others’ images and ideas to create something visual from the collective experience […]Read more "Seeing Silence (2016)"
The Adventure School for Ladies is an occasional, experimental graduate program that explores gender, cultural production, political engagement, and economic matters with the top ladylike scholars in the field of adventure studies. Our 2016 program was divided into two international sessions. Session I was held over a single week in Detroit, Michigan in June. We worked […]Read more "the Adventure School for Ladies (2011-present)"
“Sharp, shocking, and darkly funny” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)Read more "Body Horror"
“2016’s Best Investigative Reporting on Sex Work” —Tits & Sass
“[S]imple, graphic … artfully illuminating.” —LA TimesRead more "Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking"
Let’s Chat About Civil Rights / Let’s Chat About Civic Memory was installed in April 2016 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa at the behest of St. Ambrose University. The images, by Melissa Mendes and Sheika Lugtu—a Ladydrawers collaboration—are accompanied by oral histories from local Quad Cities residents regarding two major aspects of Davenport’s participation in the […]Read more "Let’s Chat About Civil Rights / Let’s Chat About Civic Memory (2016)"