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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...Read more
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Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz (2010, Paperback)

Author: Julia Wertz | ISBN-10: 0307591832 | ISBN-13: 9780307591838
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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.

The creator of the popular comic "Fart Party" captures the hope and ambivalence of a generation in this funny, foul-mouthed graphic memoir about overcoming the quarter-life slump. Mature readers.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-100307591832
ISBN-139780307591838

Key Details
AuthorJulia Wertz
Number Of Pages192 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2010-08-31
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCrown Publishing Group

Additional Details
Copyright Date2010
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight11.1 Oz
Height0.4 In.
Width6.2 In.
Length9.1 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2010-009234
LC Classification NumberPN6727.W435Z46 2010
Dewey Decimal741.5/973
Dewey Edition22

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Praise forDrinking at the Movies "This comic masterpiece should not be gifted to your grandma, unless of course your grandma is, to borrow the phrase, the shiznit. Instead, it should be read by you. Wertz's hilarious, cutting, filthy wit will either make you want to date, be, or shower her." -Sara Barron, author ofPeople Are Unappealing "[P]ut it on your radar" - USA Today "Charming
bold yet subtle
Subtly subverts the expectations of the memoir even as [Wertz's] drawing style - blocky, simple, with a deceptive lack of polish - speaks to the rough-hewn intimacy of the form
She is laceratingly self-revealing, exposing her failings with a glee that borders on the perverse
What Wertz is tracing is the difficulty of knowing how to live
Title to the contrary, this is not really a book about alcohol. Rather, it's about her development, her transition into adulthood ("Well, sort of"), which Wertz reveals with acuity and grace
A quiet triumph, a portrait of the artist in the act of becoming, a story with heart and soul." -David Ulin,Los Angeles Times "Wertz might be best known for her comicThe Fart Party, but this is my favorite work of hers to date
.Wertz isn't a girly-girl: She likes to drink whiskey, wear the same outfit every day and look on the darker side of life. I can only dream of sneaking a bottle of Jack into the theater with her." -Whitney Matheson,USA Today's Pop Candy blog "This comic masterpiece should not be gifted to your grandma, unless of course your grandma is, to borrow the phrase, the shiznit. Instead, it should be read by you. Wertz's hilarious, cutting, filthy wit will either make you want to date, be, or shower her." -Sara Barron, author ofPeople Are Unappealing "Wertz's first full-length graphic novel captures everything that is the glorious twenties-that is if you're a broke comic artist who's struggling to pay rent and keep your head afloat above the fray that is life in New York City. Wertz capably-and more importantly, believably-gets to the nitty gritty of post-collegiate life." -Kirkus Reviews "Delightful."-Time Out New York "Charmingly awkward
Confronts the vices of Jane Everywoman while simultaneously allowing us to see through her unique perspective." -Bust.com "Wertz's self-caricature is one of the most memorable in comics
Wertz is careful not to tip her hand too far in any direction. While the autobiographical and travelogue aspects of the comic dominate key sections of the book, they never threaten to completely take over or overwhelm Wertz's gags
Frequently hilariously disgusting
Her (cranky and quirky but lovable) identity remain[s] fully intact." -Rob Clough,The Comics Journal "Brilliant old-school comic strip timing...[Wertz has] added some new qualities not found in her earlier work: a sense of narrative beyond the individual strip and-it is true-some serious drawing chops
She has found a way to maintain the unique style she developed when she started cartooning in her early 20s while developing the craft to fill in background details and nuance in expression
Drinking at the Moviesis her best work yet, a book that feels in many ways like the proper launch of her career."-Jared Gardner,The Comics Journal "Wertz opens up with a warts-and-all look at her first year in New York
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From "Huh?" to Hilarious!

Created: 01/01/11
Two days ago, I have never heard of a "fart party". I would have assumed that was something drunken college boys would do for laughs.

I was at my local library, breezing through the "teen" section (although I technically left that demographic 15 years ago) and there it was, in the graphic novels section "Drinking at the Movies"

So I checked it out, and huh...what do you know? It's funny!

A a former semi-pro cartoonist, I will say that the illustration style is crude, but it dosen't really matter. The illustrations just help the story to move along, and the story is the fun.

Easy reading, easy to pick-up and put-down (if you have to) and pick-up again, it's sort of like a young lady's (and I use THAT term loosely) diary, put into pictures.

It's mostly a story about the cartoonist-chick who moves from San Francisco to New York city, bouncing from one dead-end job to another and drinking a lot.

But it's funny.

So you should read it.
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