ariel schrag
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June 21, 2008 12:48 pm

Listen to me on the public radio show The Sound of Young America!

June 4, 2008 2:50 pm


Gutter Geek, read review here!

Chicago Reader, read review here!

San Diego Union Tribune, read article here!

San Francisco Chronicle, read article here!

East Bay Express, read article here!

Gawker, read post here!

Quick, read interview here!

The Forward, read article here!

After Ellen, read interview here!

Velvet Park, read interview here!

Jewish News Weekly, read article here!

Time Out New York, read interview here!

JVibe, read interview here!

June 1, 2008 7:37 pm

I review Lynda Barry’s new book in Time Out New York


12:24 pm

Am I jewish? Find out in my comic “The Chosen” on

May 21, 2008 3:59 pm


Rory Root, the prominent comics retailer, the owner of Comic Relief, a believer in the notion of comics as a book publishing field and a general comics industry advocate passed away at an Oakland hospital shortly after 4 PM local time on May 19. Initial reports indicate he had slipped into a coma following surgery for a ruptured hernia. Root was 50 years old.

- from The Comics Reporter, continue here

Rory was hugely encouraging to me when I was a beginning cartoonist going to Comic Relief every day after high school (and sometimes during school). He bought me my first copy of Will Eisner’s A Contract with God and always had a new recommendation for me when I came in. He spent a lot of time talking with me about the industry, books he loved, and how I could become a professional cartoonist. He organized my first-ever signing at Comic Relief when I graduated high school. His support, expertise and friendship were invaluable to me and so many others.

He will be greatly missed.

May 8, 2008 3:21 pm




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Florence Schwimley Little Theater

1930 Allston Way (between Milvia and MLK)


April 23, 2008 8:40 pm


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On Gawker!

In The Forward!

The Village Voice
One of the secrets of Potential‘s appeal is that it cannily combines the drive, raunch, and imagination of the best fiction with near anthropological realness….a mesmerizing read….a nakedly honest exploration of the desire and the whole range of emotions it can set off….hilarious frankness and a wickedly addictive sense of storytelling” Elizabeth Vincentelli, Village Voice

Booklist (Starred Review)
“Schrag’s frankness is laudable . . . She renders the physical and emotional experiences of a girl working through sexual-orientation issues superbly. Her authenticity and precocious insight demand that she be fully read before judgment is cast.” Booklist (starred)

Kirkus (Starred Review)
“A smart, sweet graphic memoir. Schrag’s work should resonate with anyone, female or male, gay or straight, who has survived high school.” Kirkus (starred)

Publisher’s Weekly
Potential is an honest, rambling, obsessive narrative of high school angst, with a potential of its own peeking through. . . this coming-of-age story amply displays the emotional uncertainty of adolescence. ”Publishers Weekly

April 18, 2008 1:40 pm

Thank you to everyone who came out and to Rocketship for hosting such a wonderful event!


Me with my This American Life set up


Jeffrey doing an early-Woody-Allen-Andy-Kaufmanesque comics reading interpretation


Me and Jeffrey Brown

April 15, 2008 3:31 am

March 21, 2008 7:05 pm


From Publishers Weekly

Many memoirs both inside and outside the world of comics cover the author’s high school years. Far fewer are actually written during those years. Touchstone has started reprinting Schrag’s comics chronicling her teenage years through the mid-’90s. Each of the volumes in Schrag’s series was created in the summer of the year it chronicles. This book includes Awkward, about Schrag’s freshman year, and Definition, which concerns her sophomore year. It’s hard not to notice that the books were written and drawn by a young artist. The artwork is simple and, yes, awkward, especially in Awkward, where the characters look like punk versions of the Peanuts cast. But rather than being a drawback, the artwork is actually charming. It’s clear that Schrag is pushing herself. Even at this age, she had already attained the ability to keep the storytelling smooth and fast-paced, even if the stories she’s actually telling aren’t remarkable. The typical teenage concerns of sex, drugs, drama with friends and the importance of music are all covered. The book is comfortable because it’s so easy to relate to. (Apr.)
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“A joy — one of the most undervalued treasures of American comics.”

- The Comics Reporter, read full review here

“An imaginative anthropologist of the post-punk set.”

- The Village Voice

“Impossible to put down.”

- Maggie Overfelt, The Minnesota Daily

“Schrag’s perceptiveness and incredible eye for detail make Definition brilliant. Rarely have I seen such substantial work come from a person of her age.”

- Jennifer Joseph, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A scathing and meticulously documented autobiographical triumph.”

- Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

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