The Infinite Wait and Other Stories
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The Infinite Wait and Other Stories is the latest book from Julia Wertz, the critically acclaimed author of The Fart Party Vols. 1 and 2 (Atomic Books, 2007 and 2009) and Drinking at the Movies (Random House, 2010). In contrast to her last book, which was a full-length graphic memoir, The Infinite Wait is not a sustained narrative, but rather a collection of three short st...more
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Published 2012 by Koyama Press
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Josh Wertz
A terrible book full of loathsome characters.
Sam Quixote
Last year, Neil Gaiman gave an inspiring speech called "Make Good Art" in which he told graduating students that whatever happens to you in life - make good art. Though not connected to Gaiman and his speech in any way, Julia Wertz did just that when she was diagnosed with systemic lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease, and started to make comics. "The Infinite Wait and Other Stories" is Wertz's fourth comic book (The Fart Party Vols 1 and 2, Drinking at the Movies being the previous three) but...more
Lisa
Well of course this was going to get 5 stars.

I love Julia Wertz.

Julia Wertz is one possibility of what I could have been had I never gotten married and had kids, minus the cool indie cartooning career. I really get where she's coming from. I dig it, man.

This is a book made up of three stories. I liked them all, but my favorite was the last one. Then the second and then the first, but all of them get 5 stars. Julia Wertz is awesome at taking a rainy day and turning it into the most amusing, cra...more
MariNaomi
I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. I love Julia with all my heart.
christa
In the movie world, this would be considered experimental: Artist creates a full-length story about the time she moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, drank a bunch of her meals, hung with fellow cartoonists or sacked out with a bottle of wine and DVDs of “The Gilmore Girls,” got canned from a bunch of jobs, struggled with guilt over her brother’s drug addiction, and then gets the A-OK to be a full time cartoonist. Then, the experimental part, a few years later she revisits a lot of the same ter...more
Robert
Julia Wertz is one the alt-comics scene's latest success stories and not unlike Lynda Barry, it seemed to happen for her sort of by accident. I've only read one of her previous books before, Drinking at The Movies, which was published by a mainstream outfit, Three Rivers Press. I really enjoyed it and found Wertz's persona, that of a profane, no-bullshit, tough-but-tender-deep-down-on-the-inside type, very refreshing and often hilarious. This new book is still highly entertaining and laugh out l...more
Kelly
This small-press comic from Wertz features three stories: the first is about all of the jobs she's worked; the second about her diagnosis of Lupus; the third about her love for the library. All three are precisely the kind of humor you'd expect from Wertz. It's crude but really human. At times, it's laugh-out-loud funny (the scene of her first babysitting job being my favorite).

It's interesting to me how open Wertz is about how her last book with Random House didn't do well, and how that led he...more
Eric Piotrowski
Julia Wertz is one of my favorite comics artists, and -- aside from Alison Bechdel -- the coolest comics artist I've ever had sign my book. She's come a long way from the distracted scribbles of "The Fart Party", and she gets better with every story told.

What makes this collection so glorious is not just the artistic refinement and constantly-increasing attention to detail. It's the fantastic probably-not-what-really-happened-but-who-cares commentary she (and her brother) provides for every ina...more
Amy
Sep 24, 2012 Amy added it
Can't get enough of Julia Wertz's comics! Every time I get one of her books I finish it in pretty close to one sitting. I especially liked this one because it deals, in part, with her struggle with systemic lupus. There are very few memoirs by people with lupus, and the ones that are out there are either dated, penned by people who are middle-aged or older, or both. I really connected with her descriptions/depictions of being a young person with a serious chronic disease, and wish that there wer...more
wanderaven
Apr 06, 2014 wanderaven rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to wanderaven by: Keri
Last year, I read Relish by Lucy Knisley and it made me all fired up about reading more graphic novels. Granted, Knisley's book was pretty much tailor-made for me; I loved the illustrations and, of course, the whole food thing. But I thought that if there were books like hers out there, I definitely wanted to experience more of them.

It's been a busy few weeks to the start of the new year, and so although one my new year's resolutions was to read more graphic novels, I've definitely been behind....more
Ollie
Yep. This is what it's all about folks. Want to know why mainstream comics like DC and Marvel will never be up to snuff? Because they would never let a comic like this happen.

The Infinite Wait and Other Stories is a biographical memoir of sorts by Julia Wertz chronicling her laboring under delusions, her discovery of indie comics, and her struggle with alcoholism and being diagnosed with Lupus. Drawn in a very simplistic style (think Matt "Batt" Groening and Liz Prince), Werts knows how to make...more
Emily
I loved the way Wertz organized this collection. The first two stories cover similar autobiographical territory, covering many of the same events with different lenses. The first focuses on her relationship to work: her entrepreneurial spirit as a kid, history of progressively more terrible food service jobs, and how she grew to love drawing cartoons. The second focuses on her diagnosis of lupus in her early 20s, and the challenges of living with this autoimmune disease.

I felt like both played...more
Zack! Empire
I'm glad to see that Julia seems to have gotten a handle on some personal problems that she covers in this book because the result was a very fun and enjoyable read. She writes with a real level of honesty that some times seems to be lacking in the work of other auto bio cartoonist. When people write about them selves they have a tendencies to try and make themselves seem like either hero or victim. Julia doesn't do that. She just tells you what happen and how she experienced it. She struggles w...more
Tasara
Just phenomenal. And the last story is about all the libraries she's used and loved? Are you kidding me? I thought I couldn't love her any more.
Snail
If you have not read Julia Wertz' comics before and you aren't sure you'd enjoy the older stuff (you can read a bunch of samples on her web site for free), I'd definitely recommend starting with The Infinite Wait & Other Stories. The comics are way funnier all together in more or less a chronological order than as unsorted one-offs.

If you get stuck on the chronicling of minimum wage jobs in "Industry" (but how could you??), skip straight to "The Infinite Wait" story because it's the funniest...more
Chibineko
I'd originally discovered Wertz through a copy of her book Drinking at the Movies, which I loved but felt like she'd been keeping us (the readers) at arm's length for the most part. I did not get that feeling in this book and I think that this is quite possibly the best book she's written so far.

The setting of this volume is Wertz's life up until the events of Fart Party volume 1, specifically centering on her being diagnosed with lupus and the subsequent discovery of comics soon after. The boo...more
Kate
I've been reading Julia Wertz's material both online and off for years, including all of her books. Without sounding too mushy, it's been a treat watching her grow into the artist and storyteller she has become, and this book feels like a magnum opus. Her drawing style has improved by leaps and bounds, and the amount of detail she manages to cram into each panel and illustration is astounding. Her stories are richer, more honest, and introspective. I'd always wanted to read more about her issues...more
Brandon Pierce


I bought this at her reading at Desert Island (one of the more glorious things about having transplanted to New York). I loved her last book "Drinking At The Movies" which was about her moving from the west to east coast and I give no small amount of credit to my reading of that book in solidifying my decision to make the move out here. So Julia is important to me in the way writers end up inadvertently being in strangers' lives. It was sort of a moment of great clarity and satisfaction when I...more
hannah
I liked and didn't like this. I liked it. She's funny and irreverent and hates everything, so I can totally relate. At times it was a bit too much with the anger, even for me, which is saying a lot. I felt dragged into her wallowing, which is both the mark of a really good creator, to draw you in that much, and also awful, because there is some heavy shit in the first two stories. The third, very short story was of course my favorite.
Briana
Table of Contents:
Industry ~ I give two stars.
The Infinite Wait ~ I give three stars.
A Strange and Curious Place ~ I give two stars.

Three stars for all the hard work I know the author must have put into this.

I want to like my characters and I did not find myself liking this woman. She didn't seem like anyone I would want to be friends with. I prefer characters I can relate to. It was refreshing to a see a new perspective though. Life is quite diverse.
Will
There's a lot in common here between Wertz and Keith Knight, the guy who does the K Chronicles, but where K does comics, Wertz does stories.

I think what I like about this is that it's the story of an ordinary life. The books you read when you were growing up, moving into a new place, finding out what you don't and don't like... little bits and pieces that are all immediately knowable by everyone.

And then she gets lupus, and it just gets sad. And she goes out on dates with people who take her to...more
Jeff
Awesome, hilarious, heartfelt, emotional, excellent, true and cool. Plus a great introduction to her other works. (Though I have already read them. This is a nice place to start for newbies) As always never disappointed and a worthy journey to take with her.
Cheryl Klein
This is one of those books that is incredibly satisfying for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Yes, Julia Wertz has a darkly funny worldview and simple but well-observed drawings, and as a newly diagnosed youngish-but-sick person I was drawn to the title story, about her struggle with lupus. She doesn't have anything incredibly profound to say about the latter, but that's part of the point; being sick just sucks, even though it apparently (thankfully) doesn't seem to turn you into an alien...more
Jessica
I've been a fan of Julia's since the early Fart Party Days (now Museum of Mistakes). This time around the cranky little elf has taken on three topics that almost everybody can relate to - crap jobs, an intense and consuming love of library books, and dealing with really bad news - in this case, her diagnosis of lupus discussed in some of her earlier books. I'd say that Julia's writing makes her sound like that hilarious, crabby friend you want to hang out with in a sleazy bar with nothing but ha...more
Dold
In what is thematically her most serious book yet, my comic crush on Julia Wertz continues. Broken into three separate parts the, these stories are much more comprehensive and flushed out, compared to her traditional one pagers. Though the overall themes are a bit more serious, this is still plenty of Wertz classic rye wit. As well, for long time readers of Julia's work, the references to her past work (Fart Party Vol I, & II, Drinking at the Movies) make you feel like your in on an inside j...more
Mbillips
Surprise! A more mature Julia Wertz is not a bad thing. The jokes per panel ratio is a bit lower in this collection of graphic novellas than in her previous work, particularly in the title piece, but the screwball gags are still there, leavening a deeper look at this interesting young woman's life.

Her drawing is more densely packed with detail, but retains the lightness of line that makes her scribbled stick-figure comics so much fun.

I'm not going to get into the plot; the other reviews have mor...more
Monica
Loved "Drinking at the Movies" and this collection did not disappoint. Love Julia Wertz's fresh/disgruntled/sassy look on life. COMIC CRUSH ALERT.
Cailey
Surprisingly funny, with interesting drawings and situations. I love the rapport between Julia and her brother. Also, hobo jokes.
Emily
Really funny, especially if you've worked in the service industry. That first section is by far my favorite of this collection.
John
Mar 15, 2014 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: alt
I read "Drinking at the movies" a few months ago and I totally fell in love with it. I showed it my chronically depressed (only) friend one day at a barnes&noble while she was trying to convince me to move in with her, and it cheered her up. Only for a few minutes though. The next time I tried to get her to read it she wasn't interested at all.

I had to go to bookstores in 4 different cities to find this book and I found it a bit underwhelming until I read the last story "A strange and curiou...more
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Julia was born in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay area. She's the author/illustrator of the unfortunately titled autobio comics the Fart Party Vol 1 & 2, and the Eisner nominated graphic novels Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait & Other stories. In her spare time, she explores and photographs abandoned buildings and writes about it at AdventureBibleSchool.com
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