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Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an…

Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age

by Ariel Schrag

Other authors: Gabrielle Bell (Contributor), Ariel Bordeaux (Contributor), Robyn Chapman (Contributor), Daniel Clowes (Contributor), Vanessa Davis (Contributor)10 more, Nick Eliopulos (Contributor), Eric Enright (Contributor), Jim Hoover (Contributor), Cole Johnson (Contributor), Joe Matt (Contributor), Aaron Renier (Contributor), Tania Schrag (Contributor), Dash Shaw (Contributor), Jace Smith (Contributor), Lauren Weinstein (Contributor)

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The hardships, dramas, and joys of seventh and eighth grade are presented in a collection of tales, illustrated by an array of graphic novelists, including Daniel Clowes and Ariel Schrag.

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Ow. Reading this brought back very vivid memories of what used to be called junior high. As is usual in collections like this, there were some standout winners (both Ariel Schrag and her sister leap to mind) and some fairly forgettable bits. This is a warts and all evocation of adolescence- be warned. Recommended for comic fans, and people who remember how terrible middle school really was. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Fun enough but nothing extraordinary, possibly because there are only a couple of the 16 creators that I actively like, and the rest I'm somewhat indifferent to. The stories don't seem as universal as I'd hoped when I bought it for the library collection, but instead most have a distinct late-80s-early-90s flair. Maybe the problems are universal--having the right clothes, the right hairstyles--but it's hard to identify with someone who wanted nothing more than skinny jeans and prairie blouses. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
This book collects comics by a number of graphic novel artists/authors on the theme of life in the middle school years. School, friendships, family conflicts, identity ... you name it. Everything you'd expect to read about in YA fiction appears in here somewhere.
  educ318 | Oct 22, 2009 |
This book brings back memories. Horrible, horrible middle school memories... ( )
  welkinscheek | May 23, 2009 |
Endearing. Middle-school stories, especially autobiographical ones, tend to fall into one of a few patterns, but this gaggle of writers manages to give us an interesting batch of variations on first love-finding and bully-hating, cuz, y'know, there's more different and complex types and subtypes of 12-year-old than yer average comicbook bildungsroman, or even Degrassi, teaches is. Also, the grossouty caricature style that is so popular in independent comics is not so much in evidence, which is a relief given how gross and greasy teenagers are. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Aug 24, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ariel Schragprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, GabrielleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bordeaux, ArielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chapman, RobynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clowes, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, VanessaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eliopulos, NickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Enright, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoover, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, ColeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matt, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Renier, AaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schrag, TaniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaw, DashContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, JaceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weinstein, LaurenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A black and white graphic novel about life during middle school, a collaboration of 17 comic artists and 17 different comics.
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