I live and work in Adams, Massachusetts, not far from where I grew up. I went to Hampshire College from 2002 to 2006, and then the Center For Cartoon Studies from 2008 to 2010, where I got my MFA. 

In 2010 I received a Xeric Grant to publish my first graphic novel, Freddy Stories.

I have drawn comics with the Ladydrawers for Truthout.org and Bitch Media, and I illustrated a chapter book called Jack Strong Takes a Stand for Roaring Brook Press. My comic Lou was published in 17 issues by Oily Comics, and will be collected by Alternative Comics in Spring 2016. I am drawing a series for Belt Magazine titled Harvey and Me, written by Anne Elizabeth Moore, about her adventures with Harvey Pekar. 

My current personal project, The Weight, is an epic family saga set in rural New York state, spanning from the 1930s onward. The story is inspired by my late grandfather's life. He was born in 1936, and before he died in February 2014 he wrote a short memoir, full of detailed descriptions of his childhood. This piece of writing is invaluable to me and I'm really enjoying transforming it into something new. 

The Weight is available to read here online for free, and print copies of each chapter can be purchased here. I also have a Patreon campaign going for The Weight, which I'd love for you to check out. 

Contact: mendes.me@gmail.com