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Hello, I'm Ariel Aberg-Riger. I'm a visual storyteller who writes about everything from affordable housing to domestic violence for places like The Guardian, Teen Vogue, and CityLab. My first book America Redux: Visual Stories From Our Dynamic History is out now!

Purchase the book: Bookshop | Barnes & Noble | HarperCollins

Don't trust me, the ☆starred reviews☆ from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal? The fact the book won the 2023 Kirkus Prize and was a 2024 YALSA Nonfiction Finalist?
I respect your skepticism. Visit the book's website to learn more.


'Solidarity not charity': A visual history of mutual aid

Tens of thousands of mutual aid networks and projects emerged around the world in 2020. They have long been a tool for marginalized groups.

The weight of one atmosphere

An essay about motherhood, Twinkies, deep sea mining, time travel, and climate collapse.

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What is a home, and who does it hold?

The same cities that struggle to provide affordable housing today eliminated their critical-but-maligned flexible housing stock after World War II.

Click around for more articles, essays, short fiction, stories about my grandma, sad fruit, Mr. Rogers, there is a lot of random stuff in here.

What is visual storytelling?

Visual non-fiction, drawn journalism, illustrated stories, art—no matter what you call it, visual storytelling is telling stories using more than just words. More free-form than comics, and more integrated than photos or illustrations placed within a piece, it allows readers to float and wander through a narrative.

Want more visual storytelling? Check out these incredibly talented visual storytellers I admire: Lauren Redniss, Wendy MacNaughton, Mira JacobMaira Kalman, Nora Krug, and Leanne Shapton.

What people are saying

"Another piece of highly informative art..."

—Rob Bole, General Manager

"A revelation"

—Will Schwalbe, Author

"Punchy, lo-fi storytelling"

—David Douglas Stuart, Journalist

"...the presentation SUCKS. It's like a handwritten 1st grade reader with pasted pictures."

—Random Lady on Facebook

"This format and illustrations are brilliant"

—Diana Budds, Journalist

" & graphics & magic (#fairydust?)...a 90 second read that will stay with you forever"

—Gus Christensen, Political Strategist

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