#PrideMonth ProFile Friday
Ariel Schrag (born December 29, 1979, in Berkeley, California) is the creator of the autobiographical comics Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise. She was also a writer for the HBO series “How To Make It In America” and the Showtime series “The L Word.”
While attending 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. Slave Labor Graphics subsequently reprinted Awkward as a graphic novel, followed by three more books based on her next three years of school: Definition, Potential, and Likewise. The books were republished by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in 2008 and 2009. The books tell stories of family life, going to concerts, experimenting with drugs, high school crushes, and coming out as a bisexual and later as a lesbian.
Schrag was nominated for the 1998 Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent (administered by the Friends of Lulu). In the same year, she graduated from Berkeley High School in 1998. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s 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 the then-23-year-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 was a writer for the third and fourth seasons of the Showtime series The L Word. In 2011, she wrote for the HBO series How To Make It in America.
Killer Films is producing a movie adaptation of Potential; Schrag has written the screenplay. Schrag was listed in The Advocate’s list of “Forty under Forty” out media professionals in its June-July 2009 issue. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.