Megan Lavey-Heaton is an American comic book writer, tech blogger and newspaper designer best known for co-creating the webcomic Namesake with Isabelle Melançon. She's originally from Montgomery, Alabama, and currently lives outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Life and careerEdit

Megan graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alabama, where she also was on staff at The Crimson White and a member of the Million Dollar Band. After graduation, she worked as a reporter and designer for newspapers in Alabama, Virginia, Maine and Arizona before joining The Patriot-News as a designer and copy editor in July 2010[1]. In December 2008, she became a staff writer for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and is currently a news editor with the site.

Megan's introduction to comics was through Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2 in 1994. She reviewed manga for Anime on DVD (now a part of Mania) from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, she met Isabelle Melançon through a mutual acquaintance. A year later, she began encouraging Isabelle to turn a series of parody comics into an original story, and in turn, Isabelle encouraged Megan to begin writing comics. By 2009, this had evolved into Namesake, a joint effort from both women with Isabelle handling the art and both Megan and Isabelle creating and writing the story. The comic launched October 5, 2010. Megan and Isabelle also contributed a piece to Womanthology and are working on a trio of original comics.

Awards and recognitionEdit

Megan has received awards for her journalism work outside the comics industry, including six Awards of Excellence from the Society of News Design in 2006. She is a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff that won the 2012 prize for local reporting and received an honorable mention for best front-page design from the National Press Photographers Association.


Megan currently lives outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her three cats and a plethora of books. She's married to Dr. Michael Heaton, Ph.D., Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University.



  • Namesake (2010-current)


  • Womanthology (2011)


  • Namesake (2010-current)
  • Womanthology (2011)

External LinksEdit


  1. Megan Lavey-Heaton moving to Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News