Human Stories, Boldly Told
Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist, illustrator, and the former Illustrations Editor at Narratively. She lives and works in Hancock, Massachusetts.
When a perennially pleasant third-grade teacher invents a game that blends Dungeons & Dragons with The Oregon Trail, the mood in her classroom turns fun, then deadly serious.
New York’s darkest day, a disruptive student’s comic antics are just too much to bear. But eighteen months later, her tormented teacher gets the last laugh.
From gangster rap puppet theater to teenage porn addicts, an eager young post-grad discovers the joys of teaching at a juvenile prison.
Back when the Bowery Boys and Dead Rabbits ruled Manhattan, dog-fighting, rat-killing and bare-knuckle brawling were the sports of choice—and Kit Burns was king of them all.
Online marrying my best friend was the perfect loop hole for avoiding labelling relationships.
I drank and drank and drank until I saw triple David Bowies.
A newly-sober navigation of the holiday season delivers pure spirit to a recovering alcoholic.
What does a bit off earlobe and a knife wound matter to a couple of lovers.
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