Part of It: Comics and Confessions by Ariel SchragAriel Schrag, a critically-acclaimed memoirist and screenwriter, takes us on a painfully funny tour of her formative years, from her childhood in Berkeley to her mid-twenties in Brooklyn, exploring what it means to connect to others when you don’t yet know who you are—when you want to be “part of it” but the “it” changes daily. We meet hippie babysitters, mean girls, best friends, former friends, prom dates, girlfriends, sex ed students, and far too many LensCrafters sales associates.
These frank, irreverent, and honest comics revel in the uncomfortable—occasionally cringe-inducing—moments from our early years that end up wiring us as people. Part of It further cements Ariel Schrag as “one of the best pure storytellers...in any medium” (Comics Journal).
Interview With Ariel Schrag
And Schrag started her thriving career young — she began as a teenager growing up in Berkeley, Calif. At a time when most people are painfully self-conscious and protective, Schrag exposed herself with an honesty and sharpness that captured the attention of underground comics and eventually led to a publishing deal with Slave Labor Graphics. Things have only picked up since then. Her book Potential — about her junior year in high school — was recently picked up by Killer Films. It will be directed by Rose Troche, and filming is expected to begin this summer. We recently talked with Schrag about coming out to her parents via her comic books, working on The L Word and her advice for aspiring cartoonists.
Ariel Schrag born December 29, is an American cartoonist and television writer who achieved critical recognition at an 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. Schrag graduated from high school in She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in English in , and has continued to work as a cartoonist and writer. It explores the thenyear-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 is a part-time faculty member at The New School in Manhattan , where she teaches in the writing program. Slave Labor Graphics subsequently reprinted Awkward as a graphic novel.
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