Melissa Trender

Illustrator also Animator.


24-Hour-Comic Day is this weekend but unfortunately, Lead Ache can’t partake because we are attending Bristol Zine and Comic Fair!

However, we are rescheduling it and me, melissatrender and cartoongraveyard will be taking part on 18th October (which is also my birthday!)

We are also working on a theme of “love in space”.


Messing around with TAKING ALL THE DIALOGUE OUT!

The silent version of this.

stupid marcus


(prt 2)



Okay so Expectations is going to be a series of short comics about bodies and emotions.

I have carried my body like a crucifix from day to day, city to city, year to year, past a hundred thousand train station barriers, and every day my journey terminates here. Naked, kneeling, in front of the mirror .

I sculpt my waist like porcelain clay; rough white stone inlaid with veined silver stretchmarks. Fat thighs melt in the kiln of my grip, become bones, bones, bones.

With the sandpaper pads of my thumb, I plane sharp angles into the lines of my face. Shadows hang where flesh once bloomed. 

My fingers unpick stitches.

I will feel my bones, I will see my heart, that ruby pincushion in my chest, stuck with needles, red with grief. 

Mother Mary, tear me down. I press on the meeting of my thighs until the shape is plain, pretty, and undefinable, silk-smooth, genderless.

The incredibly talented Quen Took wrote a piece inspired by my comic.
I love it.
'My fingers unpick stitches.'

Okay so Expectations is going to be a series of short comics about bodies and emotions.

Very riveting training session.

'Magdelena Alanga Di Sarvos'

Bottom image is the original ‘Helena Van Der Schlacke’ by Gerard Ter Borch.

(I had so much fun with this)