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)"
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 16-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)"
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)"
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)"
A comics memoir and collaboration with Melissa Mendes, Harvey & Me is a six-episode literary series for Belt based on Anne Elizabeth Moore’s work and travels with Harvey Pekar. Read “Let’s Just Wait,” “Uninteresting Phone Call,” “Laureates for Everything,” “Book Signing,” “Pulling Lynda Barry’s Leg,” or bookmark the whole series here.Read more "Harvey & Me (2016)"
The Chicago Radical Publishing Timeline (2015) was installed in June of 2015, during Pride and CAKE, in the front window of Andersonville’s legendary Women & Children First Books. The timeline included radical publishing projects from queers and folks of color throughout Chicago’s history, and was installed with a selection of complementary books on display in the front window, […]Read more "Chicago Radical Publishing Timeline (2015)"
First created in 2004, How To Make This Very Zine is a single-page eight-fold set of instructions for making itself. It has since been translated into Arabic, Greek, German, Georgian, Khmer, Russian and Spanish. Download them all here.Read more "How To Make This Very Zine (2004 – present)"
A film version of the auto-transcription of a fall 2015 talk called The Queer Crip Narrative delivered at Gallery 400 in Chicago on illness, disability, and storytelling. The original talk argued that technology often deepens divisions between the physically abled and the physically disabled; the film’s eroding coherence proves it. Watch it here.Read more "The Quick Prep Narrative (2015)"