| American|| Miss Lasko-Gross|
| Writer, Artist, Publisher|
Henni, Escape from Special
A Mess of Everything
YALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novels nominee
Graphic novel named one of Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2010
Miss Lasko-Gross Wikipedia
Melissa Lasko-Gross (known professionally as Miss Lasko-Gross) is an American comics creator, known for her semi-autobiographical graphic novels Escape from "Special" and A Mess of Everything.
Melissa Lasko was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. She grew up reading comics, with her favorite ones ranging from Fantastic Four to Love and Rockets.
In high school, Miss began to create her own self-published comic series, Aim, which she promoted by doing consignments with local comic book stores. It was at this point that she became a member of the comic book community. She said she found more kinship with comic creators than with comic fans, as they could bond over the process of producing a comic.
Lasko-Gross has published two graphic novels, Escape from "Special" and A Mess of Everything through Fantagraphics. The first, based loosely on the author’s life growing up as a Jewish girl in the suburbs, was published in 2008 and earned her a nomination for YALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novel award. A Mess of Everything, a sequel of sorts to her first book, was also well received, as it was named one of Booklist’s top 10 graphic novels of the year in 2010.
Lasko-Gross is currently working on a series called Henni about "cute animals and religious fundamentalism in a horrible, twisted marriage" for an iPhone app, as well as a long term novel project that chronicles the experience of a burn victim of an explosion.