Wilde’s lack of formal training goes a ways toward lending a definite charm to the project...The rough aesthetic also lends a sense of realism too often lacking in Hollywood portraits of inner-city high schools.” –Boing Boing
“It’s riveting! The scene of the boy who tells the other guys in the holding cell the story of Oedipus is wrenching. This is such an amazing project!” –Alison Bechdel
“Rips the steel doors off of the often-hidden world of inner-city high school students. Yo, Miss is the insiders’ look at educators who work against extraordinary odds to help them reach that very ordinary goal—graduating from high school. For these students who are [at risk] that’s no mean feat.” —Joanna Clapps Herman, The Anarchist Bastard and No Longer and Not Yet
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, Wilde tells the story of "eight students who are trying to get that ticket to the middle class—a high school diploma." 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.
SUBJECT: Comics / Education / Microcosm Published / Political / Race / YA (Young Adult) / Zine Collection
PUBLICATION: Feb 10, 2015
FORMAT: 160 pages, 5.75x8.75", paperback
CARTON QTY: 68
ART: b&w illustrations throughout
Lisa Wilde has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an MsEd from Hunter College. She was inspired to create "Yo, Miss" after joining the staff at Wildcat Academy, a second-chance high school in New York City. A Wisconsin native, Lisa moved to Brooklyn in her 20s and still lives there with her husband and son.
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