Ariel Schrag

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Ariel Schrag
Ariel Schrag.jpg
Ariel Schrag at the WeHo Book Fair 2010
Born (1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 37)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Notable works
Definition, Awkward, Potential, Likewise

Ariel Schrag (born December 29, 1979) is an American cartoonist and television writer who achieved critical recognition at an unusually early age for her autobiographical comics.


While attending Berkeley 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.[1] 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.[2]

Killer Films is producing a movie adaptation of Potential; Schrag has written the screenplay.[1]

Schrag graduated from high school in 1998. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in English in 2003,[1] and has continued to work as a cartoonist.

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."[3]

Schrag was a writer for the third and fourth seasons of the Showtime series The L Word,[2][4] and for the second season of the HBO series How To Make It In America.[5]

Schrag was listed in The Advocate's list of "Forty under Forty" out media professionals in its June–July 2009 issue.[6]

Schrag is a part-time faculty at The New School and has been teaching Creative Thesis & Lit. Project and Graphic Novel in the writing program.[7]

Schrag participates in in both Yaddo and Radar Lab as a writing artist.[7][8]




  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ a b Schatz, Kate (May 15, 2008). "Ariel Schrag: Comic books of Berkeley High". San Francisco Chronicle. p. G-24. 
  3. ^ Confession: A Film About Ariel Schrag at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ O'Neill, Heather A (May 9, 2007). "Interview With Ariel Schrag". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved October 12, 2007. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  Forty Under 40: Arts
  7. ^ a b "Ariel Schrag". Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Writers". Yaddo. 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 

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