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In this groundbreaking app, we get a glimpse into the world of autobiographical cartoonist Melaina. Featured are full-color comics made available exclusively for this app. Her comics cover such topics as dating, relationships with exes, and bisexual themes. Due to her work as a nurse, there is also a little medical education thrown in.
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About the author
Melaina was born and raised
in Bowie, Maryland, but has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for
the last 10 years. Melaina has been painting, drawing and telling stories
from the time she was old enough to pick up a crayon. She began
self-publishing comics at 7 years old and won her an award for her first
self-published comic in the second grade.
Although her artistic inspirations
ranged from drawing, painting, sculpture, blogging, writing & publishing
short story zines, making clothes, and knitting over the next several
years, in 2004, Melaina's dear friend MariNaomi invited her to paint
at MariNaomi's studio. Given Melaina's joy of painting and her compulsion
to write short stories and self-publish them in zines, MariNaomi talked
her into trying her hand at comics.
Melaina's comics are autobiographical.
Given her day-job profession, working with people who are dying, this
subject-matter appears relatively frequently in her work. She has always
had a leaning towards the morbid, laying in bed, contemplating the existence
of ghosts for hours during her childhood. Melaina's mother had a seemingly
psychic connection with the other side and would awake in a panic from
dreams that predicted family members' deaths. Her mother's premonitions
may have contributed to Melaina's growing fascination with that final
stage of life.
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