Mel Tregonning was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1983. A published cartoonist since primary school, at age 16 she began a long-running comic strip in a national magazine.Over the decades, Mel’s illustration style grew to encompass surrealism, cyberpunk, Art Nouveau, manga, commercial art, and photorealism. She was an in-house illustrator for RIC Publications, and her first short story,“Night”, was published by Gestalt in 2009. Sadly, Mel passed away in 2014. She is survived by her sister, brother, mother and father—and an incredible body of work.