Books

THE GRAPHIC CANON, Seven Stories Press (2012)

Contribution: Adaptation of Aristophanes Lysistrata

“The classic literary canon of Western civilization meets the comics artists, illustrators, and other books_set8artists who have remade reading in the last years of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century in Russ Kick’s magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3.  Volume 1 takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. Along the way, we’re treated to eye-popping renditions of the human race’s greatest epics: GilgameshThe IliadThe Odyssey (in watercolors by Gareth Hinds), The AeneidBeowulf, and The Arabian Nights, plus later epics The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales (both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), Paradise Lost, and Le Morte D’Arthur. Two of ancient Greece’s greatest plays are adapted—the tragedy Medea by Euripides and Schrag’s uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumb’s rarely-seen adaptation of James Boswell’s London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery.” – The Graphic Novel Reporter

Other Reviews:
“Valerie Schrag drafts excellent linework in her adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata” -The Austin Chronicle

“Peppered throughout these books is a fair amount of comic bawdiness.  Noah Patrick Pfarr reimagines ‘The Flea’ as pulp-fiction lesbian erotica with stylized black-and-white drawings, and Valerie Schrag draws the sex-starved men in ‘Lysistrata’ with huge erections.” -The New York Times

 

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, Viking Children’s Press 2007

Contribution: “Snitch”

“Edited by underground comics icon Ariel Schrag, this anthology of illustratedstuck-in-the-middle tales about the agonies and triumphs of seventh and eighth grade features some of America’s leading graphic novelists, including Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt, Lauren Weinstein, and Ariel herself. With a sense of humor as refreshing as it is bitingly honest, seventeen artists share their stories of first love, bullying, zits, and all the things that make middle school the worst years of our lives.”

Press: Banned in South Dakota! Banned in Maine!