Drinking at the Movies

Drinking at the Movies

Graphic Novel - 2015 | First Koyama Press edition
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"In her first full-length graphic memoir, Julia Wertz ... documents the year she left San Francisco for the unfamiliar streets of New York City. But 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"--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario, Canada] : Koyama Press, 2015
Edition: First Koyama Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 741.59 W PBK
Characteristics: xii, 179 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781927668269


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Sep 21, 2017

I like New York City. I like watching young adults find their way, with messy missteps and outright f*ckups. Julia Wertz delivers on every count. I was not previously familiar with her work and now I want to read everything she's written. This meandering tale well captures a certain type of person in their early 20's. It provided a great and mindless escape.

Aug 06, 2016

Good storytelling, interesting, insightful, funny (but foreword is just plain bad!)

Dec 31, 2013

Its hilarious XD

master_of_disater Aug 09, 2011


Apr 13, 2011

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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