What does it mean to be "part of it", whether "it" is a family, a group of friends, or a subculture? Ariel Schrag explores this question in Part of It, a collection of autobiographical comics. Ariel Schrag is the award-winning writer and artist of the previous collections Likewise, Potential, Definition and the novel, Adam, as well as a writer for the Showtime television series The L Word. In Part of it, Schrag has captured little snippets of her life, from her childhood, teen years and twenties. The comics cover subjects like awkward childhood games and hippy babysitters. Those from her adulthood talk about her time as a teacher at an after-school program, mentoring a talented young lesbian writer, and her obsessive need to find exactly the right pair of glasses to replace her old pair.
Part of It is honest, awkward, sometimes funny, and sometimes outright cringe-worthy. The comics are a bit random and seemingly unconnected, but individually they are all solid pieces of storytelling, and made me want to read more of Schrag's work.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Mariner Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.