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Ariel Schrag (born December 29, 1979, in Berkeley, Californiamarker) is an American cartoonist who has achieved critical recognition at an unusually early age for her autobiographical comics.


While attending high school in Berkeley, Californiamarker, 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 (ISBN 0-943151-14-7), Potential, and Likewise (to be released by Simon & Schuster in April 2009). These books told stories of family life, going to concerts, experimentation with drugs, high school crushes, and coming out as bisexual and later as lesbian. Rose Troche will direct a movie adaptation of Potential; Schrag has written the screenplay.

Schrag graduated Berkeley High School in 1998. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelors degree in English in 2003, and has continued to work as a cartoonist.

The documentary "Confession: A Film About Ariel Schrag" was released in 2004. It explores then-23-year-old Ariel 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 also a contributor to the ongoing queer comics anthology Juicy Mother, edited by Jennifer Camper, and released in 2005 and 2007.

Schrag was a writer for the Showtime lesbian-focused series The L Word for seasons 3 and 4.

Schrag is featured on an impressive list of out media professionals in The Advocate's Forty under 40 issue of June/July 2009.


  • Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, edited by Jennifer Camper, Manic D Press, October 2007 ISBN 978-1-933149-20-2
  • Stuck In The Middle (editor), Viking Press, May 2007 ISBN 9780670062218
  • Juicy Mother, edited by Jennifer Camper, Soft Skull Press, 2005 ISBN 1-932360-70-0
  • Potential, Slave Labor Graphics, 2000 ISBN 978-0-943151-04-5
  • Awkward, Slave Labor Graphics, 1999 (magazine format)
  • Definition, Slave Labor Graphics, 1997 ISBN 0-943151-14-7
  • Awkward and Definition, Slave Labor Graphics, 2008


  1. Forty Under 40: Arts

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