Miss Lasko-Gross

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Miss Lasko-Gross
Lasko-Gross at the Comic New York symposium at Columbia University's Low Memorial Library on March 24, 2012.
BornMelissa Lasko
Boston, Massachusetts
Area(s)Writer, Artist, Publisher
Notable works
Henni, Escape from Special
A Mess of Everything
AwardsYALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novels nominee
Graphic novel named one of Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2010

Melissa Lasko-Gross (known professionally as Miss Lasko-Gross) is an American comics creator, known for her semi-autobiographical graphic novels Escape from "Special" and A Mess of Everything.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Lasko was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. She grew up reading comics, with her favorite ones ranging from Fantastic Four to Love and Rockets.[1]


In high school, Miss began to create her own self-published comic series, Aim, which she promoted by doing consignments with local comic book stores. It was at this point that she became a member of the comic book community. She said she found more kinship with comic creators than with comic fans, as they could bond over the process of producing a comic.[citation needed]

Lasko-Gross has published two graphic novels, Escape from "Special" and A Mess of Everything through Fantagraphics. The first, based loosely on the author’s life growing up as a Jewish girl in the suburbs, was published in 2008 and earned her a nomination for YALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novel award. A Mess of Everything, a sequel of sorts to her first book, was also well received, as it was named one of Booklist’s top 10 graphic novels of the year in 2010.[2]

Lasko-Gross is currently working on a series called Henni about "cute animals and religious fundamentalism in a horrible, twisted marriage" for an iPhone app, as well as a long term novel project that chronicles the experience of a burn victim of an explosion.[citation needed]


  • Henni (Z2 Comics, 2015)
  • A Mess of Everything (Fantagraphics, 2009)
  • Escape from "Special" (Fantagraphics, 2006)
  • Aim (self-published, 1993-2001)


  1. ^ "Interview: Miss Lasko-Gross Discusses Henni". Graphic Policy. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ Olson, Ray. "Top 10 Graphic Novels: 2010". Booklist Online. American Library Association. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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