Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High School

Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High School

by Lisa Wilde

Yo, Miss – A Graphic Look at High School takes the reader inside Wildcat Academy, a second chance high school in New York City where all the students are considered at-risk.  Through strong and revealing black and white images, the book tells the story of eight students who are trying to get that ticket to the middle class – a high school diploma.  Whether they succeed or not has as much to do with what happens outside the classroom as in, and the value of perseverance is matched by the power of a second chance.  It is a story that shows these teens in all their beauty, intelligence, suffering, humor, and humanity (and also when they are really pains in the behind.) A view from the trenches of public education, Yo, Miss challenges preconceptions about who these kids are, and what is needed to help them graduate.

 
 

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avatar Lisa Wilde tue 7/8 12:05pm

Razorcake Friday, 6/13

"For anyone who has ever had demanding experiences working in education Yo, Miss might trigger violent flashbacks... Ms. Wilde is determined, but the addition of true accounts serve as a reminder of the uphill battles educators confront day in, day out, and the unfathomable obstacles these students encounter on a daily basis. Oh, the humanity. Get it and get educated."

Sean Arenas - Razorcake

Brian Heater, Boing Boing tue 5/20 6:30am

"The rough aesthetic also lends a sense of realism too often lacking in Hollywood portraits of inner-city high schools. And while, for obvious reason, each issue opens with a disclaimer proclaiming that the work contain therein is a work of fiction, there's little doubt the majority of what is found inside is steeped in the author's own experience. "Yo, Miss" is far from perfect, but it's a brave and fascinating look at the workplace realities, and it's the sort of thing I'd love to see a lot more of in the mini-comics community, where memoir, more often than not, seems to involve trips to comic conventions and books signings."

Broken Pencil tue 4/8 1:05pm

"She succeeds at revealing the anxiety and the hope underlying her work at the school without soliciting cheap empathy for her or her students fighting against the odds. Most importantly, the students are characterized respectfully — acknowledging underprivileged circumstances, but also criticizing behaviours that exacerbate those circumstances. While she holds them accountable in the classroom, she is also their advocate in this zine. I’d recommend this zine on its merits as a comic and as a snapshot of inner city American education. "

Joshua Barton - Broken Pencil

Joanna Clapps Herman fri 1/24 1:43pm

"Yo, Miss, is a startling graphic novel that rips the steel doors off of the too often hidden world of inner city high school students who have been kicked out of one school after another. Yo, Miss is the insiders’ look at those educators who work against extraordinary odds to help them reach that very ordinary goal—graduating from high school. For these students who are in and out of jail, who are pregnant at 15 or 16, who are homeless, have family members who were murdered or who live otherwise marginalized lives that’s no mean feat.

Lisa Wilde’s black and white drawings explode with complexity, layered metaphors and gorgeous perspective. Every educator in America will gobble this book and I predict it won’t be long before it’s mandatory reading in classrooms and boardrooms."

-Joanna Clapps Herman, author of The Anarchist Bastard and No Longer and Not Yet