Brandon Melendez is a New York City Educator, Writer, and Cartoonist. With a background in Childhood Education and Special Education and a drive for Social Justice and equity, he is active politically through a variety of avenues--including the Elementary School classroom with New York City's Department of Education and in the American Urban Studies Program as an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan College of New York. Additionally, Melendez tries to stay as actively creative as possible and always has several projects underway and is contributing where ever and when ever he can.
Brandon Melendez is the President of Maglomaniac, Inc (formerly Eat Your Serial, Inc.). and the Editor-in-Chief of it's website and online magazine. Paramount among his duties as E-i-C is assembling and rallying a bullpen of writers to create the daily and feature content for the company's featured and daily content Melendez is also a contributor; he writes the columns Child's Play, The Audio Files, and writes/illustrates the web comic The Dao of Ninjape. Brandon Melendez also frequently contributes to the site's daily content writing reviews, lists, and other quality content. Additionally, he authored one of the Eat Your Serial publishing imprint's launch titles, Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance, a humorous, semi-autobiographical coming of age story featuring illustrations by Benjamin Silberstein.
Melendez is also a contributor at Polite on Society, providing postings on both Education and Politics, and occasionally providing political cartoons and meme-style images. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in American Urban Studies from Metropolitan College of New York and a Dual Master of Arts in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education from New York University, Melendez offers his perspective on a wide variety of issues and topics. As an Elementary School Teacher and Adjunct College Professor, Melendez hold strong views on the direction of American Education, particularly the attrition of the Public School System via the practices of standardization and privatization and the inequity of the system at large.
In addition to site contributions, Brandon Melendez also maintains three personal blogs. Letters to Jeremy is a blog framed to express viewpoints and perspectives on current events addressed to Melendez's young son while The Adventures of Ayla Grey is a series of anecdotes and observations revolving his daughter. The third is Brandon Melendez's Nerd's Eye View which is an endeavor that inspects the trappings of "Nerd Culture" including but not limited to: Comic Books, Science Fiction, Movies, Television, Video Games, and Pop Culture at large.