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Drinking at the Movies

Wertz, Julia (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Drinking at the Movies
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In her first full-length graphic memoir, Julia Wertz (creator of the cult-hit comic The Fart Party ) documents the year she left San Francisco for the unfamiliar streets of New York. Don't worry--this isn't the typical redemptive coming-of-age tale of a young woman and her glorious triumph over tragedy or any such nonsense. It's simply a hilarious--occasionally poignant--book filled with interesting art, absurd humor and plenty of amusing self-deprecation. Box by box, Wertz chronicles four sketchy apartments, seven terrible jobs, family drama, traveling fiascos, and too many whiskey bottles to count.
Authors: Wertz, Julia
Title: Drinking at the movies
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 187 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Julia Wertz
ISBN: 0307591832
Branch Call Number: GN WERTZ 2010
Subject Headings: Cartoonists United States Comic books, strips, etc Wertz, Julia Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Topical Term: Cartoonists
LCCN: 2010009234
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She's inappropriate. She's a drinker. She's hilarious. I'm getting deeper into the world of graphic novels lately, and I love the humor in this book about moving to NYC. As a transplant, this rings true in many ways! -Violeta

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Aug 09, 2011
  • master_of_disater rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Apr 13, 2011
  • lucidaconsole rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a combination of one-page comics originally published on Wertz's Fart Party website and several short stories, all drawn together under the theme of her cross-country move and first year living in New York.

I wouldn't call her "the voice of a generation" or anything (ahem, official book description), and I don't think she would claim that either. She is pretty funny, hilarious at times (I LOL'd) and she's learning to craft a mean story. By learning, I mean that she opens the book by framing a story that she never actually tells (how she gave up drinking), although she does hint around it a few times.

I look at this as a prelude to her upcoming work, which promises to be fantastic. Read this book now, before she blows up, for bragging rights to your indie comics friends in years to come.


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