Ariel Schrag at the WeHo Book Fair 2010
December 29, 1979 |
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Artist|
|Definition, Awkward, Potential, Likewise|
While attending high school in Berkeley, California, Schrag self-published her first comic series, Awkward, depicting events from her freshman year, originally selling copies to friends and family. Slave Labor Graphics subsequently reprinted Awkward as a graphic novel, followed by three more books based on her next three years of school: Definition, Potential, and Likewise. The books were republished by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in 2008 and 2009. The books tell stories of family life, going to concerts, experimenting with drugs, high school crushes, and coming out as bisexual and later as lesbian.
Schrag was nominated for the 1998 Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent (administered by the Friends of Lulu).
Killer Films is producing a movie adaptation of Potential; Schrag has written the screenplay.
The documentary Confession: A Film About Ariel Schrag was released in 2004. It explores the then-23-year-old Schrag's world in which she "negotiates fame, obsesses about disease, and discusses the way she sees as a dyke comic book artist."
Schrag was a writer for the HBO series How To Make It In America.
Schrag lives in Brooklyn, NY.
She is the sister of comic artist Valerie Schrag, who contributed to "Stuck in the Middle" (edited by Ariel).
In popular culture
- Definition, (1997, Slave Labor Graphics, ISBN 0-943151-14-7)
- Awkward, (1999, Slave Labor Graphics, magazine format)
- Potential, (2000, Slave Labor Graphics, ISBN 978-0-943151-04-5)
- Likewise (2000, Slave Labor Graphics, magazine format)
- Stuck In The Middle (editor), (2007 Viking Press, May, ISBN 978-0-670-06221-8)
- Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag (2008, Touchstone, ISBN 978-1-4165-5231-4)
- Potential: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag (2008, Touchstone, ISBN 978-1-4165-5235-2)
- Likewise: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag (2009, Touchstone, ISBN 978-1-4165-5237-6)
- Adam: A Novel (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 978-0-5441-4293-0)
- Juicy Mother, edited by Jennifer Camper, (2005, Soft Skull Press ISBN 1-932360-70-0)
- Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, edited by Jennifer Camper, (2007, Manic D Press, ISBN 978-1-933149-20-2)
- "Dyke March", in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart, (2009, HarperTeen, 2009 ISBN 0-06-115498-9)
- Pincus, Robert L. (July 27, 2008). "The comic chronicles, a la Ariel Schrag – it's the story of her life in high school". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- Schatz, Kate (May 15, 2008). "Ariel Schrag: Comic books of Berkeley High". San Francisco Chronicle. p. G-24.
- Confession: A Film About Ariel Schrag at the Internet Movie Database
- O'Neill, Heather A (May 9, 2007). "Interview With Ariel Schrag". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
- http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid82039.asp?page=3 Forty Under 40: Arts
- Official website
- Interview with Ariel on SequentialTart.com
- Ariel Schrag at the Internet Movie Database
- Berlatsky, Noah (June 19, 2008). "Teen Angst, Straight Up". Chicago Reader (Creative Loafing Media).