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The Fart Party is online comic by Julia Wertz that is a great snapshot of life in San Francisco as seen through the eyes of a highly sarcastic and sometimes deadly up-and-coming comic artist. The book includes the 80% of comics NOT posted online, interviews, funny fan letters and never before seen illustrations! It chronicles Wertz's first year of making comics, living in...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Atomic Book Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Craig
Purchased at Chapel Hill Comics from a very kind woman who was a very big fan of Wertz.

I was a bit disappointed in this one after reading Drinking at the Movies. While some bits are still pretty funny, the level of maturity is much lower than DATM. There are a couple of homophobic quips and a lot more "potty humor." Really, I suppose that should be expected from something titled Fart Party, so that failing is all on me and your mileage may vary depending on how much you like that style of humor....more
Chibineko
LOL, this book is hilarious. I found Wertz through Drinking at the Movies & liked her work enough to plunk down money for this book & I wasn't disappointed.

Anyway, Fart Party is a semi-autobiographical comic on Wertz's life that covers just about everything that goes through her head. Life with her boyfriend? In here. Drinking? In here. A probably obsessive love of cheese? In here. Things that never really happened, but Wertz wishes they did? In here too.

Not every comic in this book is...more
Hillary
When I started this, I was underwhelmed. It seemed I'd read too many of the strips already and besides, I was mildly annoyed that she'd only signed the book to me rather than to me and Jared, due to not paying attention at Heroescon (not annoyed enough to say anything though). Still, in the end, it's really good stuff. Wertz does sophomoric and self-hating better than just about anyone else, and there are bits in the book that are genuinely, if lightly, moving. You might think it's not an excuse...more
Betty
Oh Fart Party! Criticism first: it's evident it was written over time rather than constructed as a coherent narrative, so it sometimes seems like chunks of the story are missing even though it's really a diary comic, not a story. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though! It's great as an autobiography, because she's so ruthless with herself. The trouble with autobiography, I think, is that it's hard to separate liking the work with liking the author (or how the author comes across, anyway) but...more
Jason Pettus
Technically I read these comics in their original web form, not as these paper collections; but I thought I'd add them anyway, just so I could mention this charming, filthy trainwreck of an autobiographical tale, the ongoing adventures of our nerdy hero as she moves back and forth between New York and California, starts to drink too much and then quits drinking altogether, and experiences a series of life-fails regarding work, romance, and pop-culture obsession. One of my favorite online comics...more
Imogen
Look, I am as humorless as the next absolutely humorless lesbian feminist, so some of this stuff (like calling things "retarded;" HUMORLESS) rings a little sour for me. But almost all of it is totally stupid/brilliant and I have a button on my jacket of tiny little baby Julia screaming FUCK as she jumps/falls off a diving board, because "my first swear" is probably the best comic ever. It's just a tiny little kid running around yelling FUCK over and over! Totally classic, and i am not even kiddi...more
Heather Closet
This is a sometimes gross, sometimes horribly drawn comic, with weird random not alway finished thoughts and I admit I loved it! Its one of those books you pick up because it has such an odd title, you read a few comics and think "this is ok" then the further you get in the funnier it is. A few of the strips were outright hilarious because they are things all girls have done at some point, rational or not. I enjoyed this comic and would pick up more. I think Julia Wertz would be a fun girl to ha...more
Sarah W
I love this comic and Julia Wertz is hilarious. I am not sure that reading the book(s) was a better experience than (or even as good as) reading the comic online, but I recommend giving Julia your money anyway.
Jillian
teehee. cheese, lots of fart/pooping jokes, and a short, sarcastic chick. there's no way i could have not loved this if i tried.
Kelly
If loving this book is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Korynn
At first glance the cartoons seem childish and poorly rendered but one realizes that the author is capable of more detailed drawings, like the cover, but is quite possibly too lazy to render them fully. However, her sense of timing and humor is complete. Her cartoon character self is more of a cipher than an actual portrayal of herself - a simplistic version of her that humorously allows herself to poke fun at all her worst character traits (like boozing and crabbiness). Still, Julia comes off a...more
Carlos Salgado
At first I had related to Jeffrey Brown's tortured sexual conquests and devastatingly emotional crushes to male confidence when they then, in return, toyed with your emotions. I never thought a girl could provide such clear insight into their other plan to trap your soul in amber and carry it around their necks. They're such teases. Julia Wertz opens up to the world and reveals all the ugly details gals usually try to cover up with foundation and is not afraid to let a few fly for good measure....more
Gaurav Sethi
The brilliance of Julia Wertz is her ability to take the seemingly every day frustrations, joys, weird moments of living, working, etc. and make them accessible to the rest of us. And yet she does this while she still keeps her personal relationships with her family and bf at the forefront. The story is hers and yet we can all relate. Her semi-weekly/monthly updates to her blog are worth the wait and so too this collection of asides as she documents living her with boyfriend and writing comics f...more
Amy Gee
I got addicted to the zine when I saw it lying out at a location which I will not disclose and read up each and every installment, cringing, laughing, feeling disgusted, joyous...and here it is in a single source, bound and in my secret bookcase but available for viewing upon request.
The timing is really good. Definitely good for some laughs. Super off color in bouts. A little snooty. A little touching. A little addictive. When I read it I kinda feel like I'm reading a hipster version of US Mag...more
santina
Uri and Sheila let me borrow this book one day during the blizzard and I just read it yesterday. It chronicles a year in the life of the artist as she navigates graduating college, growing up, and her relationship with a pretty ok boyfriend and how that fits in with her growing up. I have to say that I do wish I had read this book when I was 23 because the main character might as well have been me at 23. I enjoyed reading this because it was like a look into a piece of me that I am not anymore....more
Sara
Dude, it's called The Fart Party so already you know it's gonna be f'in hilarious and it doesn't fail at that. A major fan of Wertz's online stuff, the book is an awesome collection. A friend of mine joked with me that I should write my own comic and I told him it was too late, it was already done and sent him to the fart party. He couldn't argue. I mean, lil' cartoon Julie even looks like a cartoon me - it's frightening. Anyway, if you like booze, cheese, and cursing, check this shit out!!
Leilani
I just borrowed thisone from Nat. I had asked him for a recomendation cause I am trying to get more into graphic novels. I have a really short attention span, and I figured it would be a good move. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was funny or even that interesting, BUT i was definitely correct in assuming this was a good genre for me to start. I read it in one sitting! Rare for me to read anything for that long a time period! Awesome.
Angie McCrae
Mar 09, 2009 Angie McCrae marked it as to-read
I love Julia Wertz. I subscribe to her comic/website. Needless to say, it goes without saying that I will love this book even though I haven't read it yet. Plan to. Very soon. If you want to read some of her comics (and I highly suggest you do) you can read them here. Be forewarned, her humor is sarcastic and a bit dark at times, which is what I love about it.

Sarah
Nov 05, 2007 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like humor.
Yeah she's my friend so I'm biased. So what? Julia's comics are hilarious, with perfect timing and wit. The book collects her first few years of the Fart Party (she explains the name in the book) and can go from crude and side splitting to downright touching from one page to another. I highly reccommend you buy two copies of this book: one for you and one for a friend who likes funny shit.
Phayvanh
Oct 21, 2007 Phayvanh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comics nerds
Shelves: reviews, comix, 2007
It was so good to get the whole story and the chronological sequence, after reading a few panels here and there, online and as minis. Julia Wertz is funny, sad, mean, and crass. If I had a little sister, I'd wish her to be as snarky and cute as she is.

There's an introduction by Peter Bagge and some extra stuff, including interviews, and comics by her brother Josh.
Jackie
So creative, and practically written about me. I share so much in common with the author/artist that I found myself getting very attached. I laughed, and cried, because it synced up all too well with my life. I love the dorky art style, but what I love most is telling my friends that I just read "The Fart Party". They have no idea how glorious the Fart Party really is.
Montgomery
Like Jeffrey Brown's stuff, except funnier. Rather than a lame-ass fat white boy whining about an annoying girl, Wertz is a sarcastic fat white girl semi-whining, semi-growling about a nerdy lame-ass white boy. Best character = junkie brother. Everyone has the same damn problems, I need to read the Bible. There's also a weird cheese fetish in this book. I hate cheese.
Rae
So I'm an interlibrary loan librarian and this book came across my desk. I can't lie, after laughing at the title and then instagramming the cover, I sat and read the whole thing. Very funny comics that reminded me of my early twenties - grumpy, poor, boozy and funny. It was a quick, silly, fairly gross but very funny little comic book with no farting at all.
Charlotte
I recently purchased this re-printed edition through the Kickstarter fundraiser and couldnt be more pleased. Julia Wertz is like a kitten rescued from an alley - dirty, dangerous, but sweet. Her filthy mouthed and refreshingly charming comics are self-critical and yet optimistic in turn. I will continue to read and buy and share anything this woman makes.
Abbey
i would give this book a zillion stars if i could. i've been a huge fan of the webcomic for over a year or so, so i figured it was time to get the collection. fucking brilliant autobiographical commentary on the ridiculousness of being 23 years old. i love wertz's sense of humor and her illustrations. she makes me want to become a cartoonist.
Kricket
julia wertz' first collection, documenting her days in san fransisco with boyfriend oliver. so so funny. and sometimes sweet. there are also a few comics dedicated to cheese-love so that's five stars right there.

still love the name fart party; sad she changed it. fart party forever!!

first read: october 2011
second read: june 2014
Katie
i read these serialized and i'm glad there's a book now because everyone should ignore the name and read them -- funny, bitter, sweet in spite of it, and awesome. now that ms. wertz has relocated to brooklyn, maybe i can seek her out and be her friend. i mean, that's not stalking, right?
carey lina
Didn't intend my 100th book to be the crowing achievement its title suggests, but so be it.

Whiny, immature, a little annoying, relatable, amusing, sometimes chortle-inducing. Not one of those graphic novels that gives you deep insight into the author, but good bathroom reader.
Brian Cruz
Fun read, not necessarily deep, or life changing but in no way should this discourage you from reading it. Right off the bat from the title you can tell this is going to be an interesting read. Very lighthearted and easy to read. Perfect for a lazy day looking for a good laugh.
Kate
I must have missed more than I thought of Wertz's earlier work. I think she's a much more accomplished storyteller and illustrator now, which is probably what makes me think less of this book. Some of the non-illustrated portions (such as a Q&A) didn't add much value for me.
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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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