Miss Lasko-Gross

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Miss Lasko-Gross
Lasko-Gross at the Comic New York symposium at Columbia University's Low Memorial Library on March 24, 2012.
Born Melissa Lasko
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality Russian
Area(s) Writer, Artist, Publisher
Notable works
Henni, Escape from Special
A Mess of Everything
Awards YALSA's 2008 Great Graphic Novels nominee
Graphic novel named one of Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2010

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]


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.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[citation needed]


  • Henni (Z2 Comics, 2015)
  • A Mess of Everything (Fantagraphics, 2009)
  • Escape from "Special" (Fantagraphics, 2006)
  • Aim (self-published, 1993-2001)


  1. ^ "Interview: Miss Lasko-Gross Discusses Henni". Graphic Policy. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  2. ^ Olson, Ray. "Top 10 Graphic Novels: 2010". Booklist Online. American Library Association. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

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