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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.
|Number Of Pages||192 pages|
|Publisher||Crown Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||PN6727.W435Z46 2010|
|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 "CharmingâŠbold yet subtleâŠSubtly 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 formâŠShe is laceratingly self-revealing, exposing her failings with a glee that borders on the perverseâŠWhat Wertz is tracing is the difficulty of knowing how to liveâŠTitle 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 graceâŠA 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 dateâŠ.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 awkwardâŠConfronts 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 comicsâŠWertz 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 gagsâŠFrequently hilariously disgustingâŠHer (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 chopsâŠShe 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 expressionâŠDrinking 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 YorkâŠStrips away much of|