Drinking at the Movies

Drinking at the Movies

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ISBN-13: 9781927668269
Publisher: Koyama Press
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 586,910
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author


Julia Wertz was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1982 and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of the autobiographic comic books The Fart Party Vols. 1 and 2 (Atomic Books, 2007, 2009) both volumes were collected as Museum of Mistakes in 2014, Drinking at the Movies (Random House, 2010) and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2012).

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Actress Lizzy Caplan

DRINKING AT THE MOVIES, Julia Wertz's new Fart Party book, may just be her best work yet. My copy is certainly dog-eared within an inch of its life. She exhibits the same hilariously self-deprecating grumpy grump from her previous books, but DRINKING brings a whole new layer to the Julia Wertz experience. That's right, I said 'the Julia Wertz experience'…which actually sounds more like a carnival ride to be avoided, one that will leave you inexplicably drunk with holes in your clothes. In this book Julia is darker, lugubriously introspective, and dare I say, more vulnerable than in her previous works. Yet she’s still really, really, obscenely funny. There aren't many authors working today who can illustrate the pervasive despair that sometimes likes to crash on your couch in your 20s—but Julia Wertz nails this. In fact, you should probably get copies for your parents and other assorted relatives who like to mumble things like “youth is wasted on the young” when you complain about stuff. Maybe reading DRINKING AT THE MOVIES will kickstart your dumb mom's memory, and she'll remember that being in your 20s is actually kind of lonely. Now I'm depressed. Thanks for nothing, Wertz.

Lizzy Caplan

DRINKING AT THE MOVIES, Julia Wertz's new Fart Party book, may just be her best work yet. My copy is certainly dog-eared within an inch of its life. She exhibits the same hilariously self-deprecating grumpy grump from her previous books, but DRINKING brings a whole new layer to the Julia Wertz experience. That's right, I said 'the Julia Wertz experience'…which actually sounds more like a carnival ride to be avoided, one that will leave you inexplicably drunk with holes in your clothes.

In this book Julia is darker, lugubriously introspective, and dare I say, more vulnerable than in her previous works. Yet she’s still really, really, obscenely funny. There aren't many authors working today who can illustrate the pervasive despair that sometimes likes to crash on your couch in your 20s—but Julia Wertz nails this. In fact, you should probably get copies for your parents and other assorted relatives who like to mumble things like “youth is wasted on the young” when you complain about stuff. Maybe reading DRINKING AT THE MOVIES will kickstart your dumb mom's memory, and she'll remember that being in your 20s is actually kind of lonely.

Now I'm depressed. Thanks for nothing, Wertz.--(Lizzy Caplan, Actress)

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Drinking at the Movies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KJ_Perezchica More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with funny portrayals of the author, Julia Wertz, and her life in New York. The artwork is cute and unique. I enjoyed this book very much. I highly recommend this book.
drmarymccormack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a terrific graphic novel. My favorite type too, autobiographical. Nicely written and well drawn. It perfectly describes what it is like to fight some demons and try to figure out what life is going to be like.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
`Drinking at the Movies¿ is a coming of age memoir in graphic format. Wertz is the author/artist who created the `Fart Party¿ comics. This book follows a year of her life when she moved from San Francisco to New York City, as she deals with serial unemployment, being broke, a brother who keeps ODing and going into rehab, a bad whisky habit, a comic strip she¿s producing and a basic dislike for a good lot of humanity. The humor ranges from silly to dark, and Wertz is unsparing of herself and her flaws. It¿s funny and touching.
jasonpettus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)I've been a fan for a long time now of Julia Wertz's funny, filthy web comic The Fart Party, so I'm glad to see her get a little more recognition here with her first mainstream, nationally released collection, Drinking at the Movies. And indeed, although a lot of this book simply reprints material already seen at the website, at least half of it is brand-new stuff exclusively for the book, where Wertz takes the opportunity to expand certain storylines and to get a little more serious and introspective, as only a book format allows you to. Granted, I'm not sure how charming any of this stuff might be when Wertz is forty, and no longer behaving in the life-changing, sometimes outrageously trainwreckish ways that make the comic so godd-mn funny (in this collection, for example, she moves from San Francisco to Brooklyn, all while drinking too much and going on a series of comically horrible dates); but I suppose it's then that we'll see whether Wertz is able to morph into more challenging work as she gets older, or if she'll become the ten thousandth twentysomething confessional comics artist to hang it all up right around the same time as her first mortgage. For now, I highly recommend this fascinating, hilarious look at why exactly youth is wasted on the young.Out of 10: 9.0
kivarson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was a really engaging story about one woman's move to NYC. Moving to a new city without already having a job was a brave thing to do...quitting the jobs she did manage to get, brave but foolish. Admitting that she has a drinking problem--very brave, indeed.My only critique is that I wish Wertz would vary her panel sizes.
SallyGCA More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.  If you like graphic novels but aren't into super heroes, and like grumpy anti-heroes, this book is for you.