Stuck In The Middle Seventeen Comics From An Unpleasant Age
Edited by underground comics icon Ariel Schrag, this anthology of illustrated tales about the agonies and tri...more
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A compilation of short comics written and illustrated by a variety of cartoonists, most of whom are about my age or a little younger, so I could relate to the 80s setting of most of the stories, this book ...more
There are a few good moments in most of the pieces--and there are a few really great drawings that made me ...more
This collection was miserable.
That's not to say that the artists and storytellers aren't talented (many of them are award-winning or award-nominated). This collection, however, offered nothing new to readers trying to "survive" middle school. Instead it was filled with painful stories that offered little or no insight into that time of life (save Jace Smith's contribution). Readin ...more
I read this comic-book anthology on the experiences of early adolescence because I am generally interested in the subject of youth (I also teach sociology of youth), and because it looked like a great opportunity to sample the work of a few lesser-known alternative cartoonists. Unfortunately, the majority of contributions turned out be less impressive than I had hoped, and the best ones are from cartoonists most fans of alternative comics are already ...more
Because of this, some resonated with me way more than others. Mostly I breezed through, perhaps laughing a little at one or feeling a commiserating “yeah, I remember that” with another. But on the whole, I just didn’t emotionally connect. The stor ...more
A few highlights were: "Snitch" by Tania Shrag, in which the author loses popularity for snitching; "Anxiety" by Eric Enright, in which a sixth grader is sent to therapy for his problems adjusting; "Tina Roti" by Cole Johnson, in which an unpopular girl transfers to a new middle school and remains unpopular; "Hit M ...more
I enjoyed the stories. You could really feel the pain, and it was a good feeling to know that almost EVERYONE had a miserable time in Middle School. It was also a nice sneak peek into a bunch of different author's styles, and now I know of se ...more
The 17 stories provide an interesting variety of cartooning styles, including some i ...more
Yuck yuck yuck at free meat!
The dead pan delivery makes for chilling reading.
Such intimate details left me feeling like I was doing the dirty deeds of hell.
Then the story switches in a really clever way to the victims PoV; I found this fascinating.
Reading the back and forth between them is enlightening but even as he shares elements of himself with her you cant help thinking, sorry that's just not a good enough reason ...more
Yes, there were some all too real scenes from middle school years, most of which are painful, and only funny from a long distance.
For most of people I know, junior high was a terrible, terrible time of insecurity and pain. I wonder if even the cool and popular kids were happy. Maybe it was all a facade.
In any case the seventeen comics in this anthology showcase misfits, zit faces, fat kids, and outcasts.
Artist/writers include Lauren Weinstein, Dan ...more
in any case, i didn't like a lot of the illustrations here, however, i felt that many times they went with the story. they were awkward and felt kind of ugly, which is exactly how many of us feel in the middle school years.
my favorite story was ...more
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But then my universe came crashing down when I embarked on reading Likewise the third, and final book in Schrag’s High School Chronicles. Written in a Ullyssesesque stream of consciousness, I couldn’t take Likewise. My annoyance with the the WTFness of the narrative was a disappointment ...more
She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise (Simon & Schuster), which chronicle her four years at Berkeley High School. Potential was nominated for an Eisner Award and Likewise was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.