In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at a wonderful collection of graphic novels by Ariel Schrag detailing her high school experience.
Awkward, Definition and Potential are the three comic works (collected into two volumes, with Awkward and Definition sharing a volume) by Ariel Schrag about her days in high school which stand out as especially remarkable because Schrag began producing them while still in high school!
As a result, admittedly, the earliest comics of the collections are not nearly as good as the later stuff, but still, for a teenager, this was dynamite stuff. The important thing is that while the actual art by Schrag is not there yet in the first volume (it’s more or less there by the last volume), the storytelling was there right from the get go.
A fourth volume is due out next year detailing her senior year, and it looks like the best of the bunch (I guess that’s just logical, though).
This is a strikingly insightful look at Schrag’s own experiences, and it is amazing how deep she looks into her own self in this work. Her bravery is remarkable.
In addition, seeing her transition from coming to terms with her sexuality – it is handled extremely well.
Here are three sample pages, one from each year – the improvement, as you can note yourself, is dramatic.
Here is a link to Schrag’s website, where you can purchase her works (and see samples of the last volume, Likewise).