Wertz reading at Union Hall in Brooklyn, 2013
December 29, 1982
San Francisco Bay Area
|Drinking at the Movies|
Wertz made her name with a comic strip titled The Fart Party, which Atomic Books anthologized in two volumes in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Soon after the strip's success, she retired The Fart Party, claiming she was unaware of its impending significance at the time of its creation. Wertz subsequently moved her online operations to the Museum of Mistakes site, where a few old Fart Party strips exist in the archive.
In 2010, Wertz published Drinking at the Movies, her first full-length graphic memoir. Against the backdrop of her move from San Francisco to New York, the book details serious issues, such as a family member's battle with substance abuse and her own alcoholism, with trademark wit and self-effacement. The Los Angeles Times called Drinking at the Movies a "quiet triumph" and critic Rob Clough, in The Comics Journal, called the work "remarkable" for outgrowing the flaws he cites in The Fart Party. Drinking at the Movies was nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.
In September 2012, Wertz published her fourth graphic memoir, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, which was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Reality Based Work category. The book is a collection of three short autobiographical stories, "Industry", "A Strange and Curious Place" and "The Infinite Wait". According to the publisher, Koyama Press, the book's title "intentionally and ironically recalls the vacuous and pretentious book titles of the literary elite".
- "Julia Wertz's Fart Party blows away; Museum of Mistakes steps in". Comics Beat. March 15, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Ulin, David L. "Book review: 'Drinking at the Movies' by Julia Wertz". August 29, 2010. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Clough, Rob. "Bottled Up: Drinking at the Movies". September 4, 2010. The Comics Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "2011 Eisner Award Nominations Announced". April 8, 2011. MTV Geek. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "The Infinite Wait and Other Stories". Koyama Press.
- Tom Spurgeon (October 21, 2012). "CR Sunday Interview: Julia Wertz". The Comics Reporter.
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