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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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Three Rivers Press
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Felicia
I've been reading lots of superhero stuff lately, so this graphic novel was a nice, refreshing change of pace. Very indie style story about a girl in her twenties moving from SF to NYC. I haven't read Fart Party, her other work, but I really enjoyed the perspective, even though I wanted to throttle her at times for being so self-destructive. It definitely has that hipster "I'm messed up, watch me be unrepentantly messed up" vibe to it, but I enjoyed it and the simple but frequently LOL drawing s...more
Lisa
I got this book today at B&N. I just kind of grabbed it b/c it looked cute and I love graphic novels by oddball chicks, like Diary of a Teenage Girl and stuff like that. I guess I had the force with me b/c this book turned out to be the greatest thing. I stayed up all night reading it and now I feel gross but I'm not even regretting it. Jenny, you are going to love this. I love how the people have gumby arms with no elbows. And YAY! I own it and don't have to give it back to anyone!!!

Okay, a...more
christa
Julia Wertz is that little voice in your head cracking wise during situations that are absurd or even borderline tragic. Where plenty of (boring) people have learned to silence it, or at least self-edit, Wertz spits out these bits of irreverent nuggets:

"My life is the abortion Juno should have had," the be-T'shirted and bobbed 20-something tells her friend in her graphic memoir "Drinking at the Movies."

The quip comes in a vignette called "Today Everything is Shit" and by "shit" she means a jackh...more
Sarah Payok
Drinking at the Movies seems straightforward on the surface. Wertz (a cartoonist known for her comic Fart Party) writes and draws an account of her first year in New York City. It is a memoir of a 20-something striking out on her own in the model of countless prior stories. In reality though, Wertz creates a memoir that is both funny and painful and provides an entertaining look at what life is when you are a young, underemployed (and frequently unemployed) and unmotivated. No matter what life (...more
Jason Pettus
(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...more
Jenny Devildoll
Thoroughly enjoyable recounting of author Julia Wertz's first year in New York. Julia manages to keep the humorous tone of her first two books despite this one dealing with a few heavier topics, such as her brother's problems with addiction and her own grappling with alcoholism. Even in this, Julia depicts her problems through the dialogue of her anthropomorphized brain interacting with some trouble-making talking bottles of the sauce. She's not trivializing anything by doing this, just taking a...more
Chibineko
If you like indie comics, you're bound to like Julia Wertz's latest release into the world of comics. If you don't, then you will probably want to check out some of Wertz's work via the web first. This isn't your typical comic book style so you should be prepared for something quirky & new.

Drinking at the Movies is an autobiographical look at Wertz's early twenties. She manages to lose her San Francisco job, her long distance boyfriend, & decides to move to New York to get a fresh new st...more
Craig
So, I have never drank at the movies. I have probably had drinks nearly everywhere else, but I have never had alcohol at the movies. Maybe because I don't want to have to pee in the middle of the film. Not sure. Pretty sure that also has nothing to do with my thoughts on reading Drinking at the Movies, but I was thinking about it when I picked up this book, so in some way it is important.

I have not read any of Julia Wertz's earlier work, so I don't have that to compare it to. I guess, simply, I...more
Alea
Being a fan of Fart Party, I was so excited to see Wertz had a new book out and in this case it's a more of a whole store, a graphic memoir, instead of stripes compiled together.

I really think there was no way I couldn't like this book, Julia travels to New York to see what she thinks of it there and being a fan of New York myself I love reading about people's experiences with it.

While we might not have a lot in common hobby wise (I SO don't like beer), I feel like she's the comic voice of my ge...more
Jeremy
I can't write without apologizing for myself. Even if I try not to, the apologies slip by in secret. Nuances of word choice. What themes are emphasized.

Then I read another autobiographical comic and realize how commonplace all this is. Drinking at the Movies is no exception.

While there were a few minor annoyances in Wertz's style -- her eyes are huge (and oddly asymmetrical?) so she's the most sympathetic, everyone else is exaggerated into how they best reflect her own self-deprecating attitudes...more
Phyllis
I want to love Julia Wertz, but OH LORD. Most of this book gave me one of the worst cases of secondhand embarrassment I have ever experienced. It wasn't even the face down in the gutter business that made me squirm in discomfort, but the willful cluelessness of statements like "I'm just sick of feeling like I have to apologize for being white and in my 20s!" (oh yes, when is America going to do something for the young white people?), the embarrassingly stupid analogy about a jigsaw puzzle of San...more
Jacob Stubbs
Dec 20, 2013 Jacob Stubbs rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pretentious Hipsters
So, this graphic novel was pretentious, self-absorbed, and mundane. It follows the author--Julia Wertz--along her everyday life in 2007-2008 and how she moved to New York, published her first book (Fart Party) and got drunk. Overall, I was depressed with this book given the fact that she tried to distance herself from all labels, but ultimately failed in this by portraying herself as a dead-beat drunk without any notion of femininity whatsoever.

Harsh criticisms aside, this book did have a few w...more
Lilburninbean
I found this book entertaining in many ways. In spite of its sometimes bizarre narrative thread it held my attention through and through. There are, however, some deeply problematic aspects to it; what is with people getting comedically off on the "r" word? It seems especially cheap coming from a narrator who claims to be so aware of privilege, agency, and politics... I don't get it and I don't like it. There are also moments where Wertz's struggle with her own "white guilt" directly contradicts...more
Mabel
I normally love graphic memoirs like this, I really do. But the banality of Julia Wertz's boring existence just made me wonder why anyone thought her days were worth being chronicled and published. The only virtue to this book I could think of would be possibly helping someone else out of a slump of alcohol-induced depression. It might sound egotistical, but I have more interesting adventures, introspections, and random encounters with strangers on the street on just about any given day than Wer...more
Robert
File this book next to Vanessa Davis's Make Me a Woman and MariNaomi's Kiss & Tell to complete a perfect trifecta of new comics/graphic novels by the latest generation of ruling girl cartoonists. Wertz shoots off too many memorably hilarious one-liners to list here, so let's just go with the one that sticks out most in my brain: "I'm the abortion Juno should have had." Had I been drinking when I read that I would have shot liquid through my nose. A sequel to this lofty tome would be very wel...more
Tricia
I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book. Julia is hilarious, self-deprecating, and genuine in this autobiographical story about her move to Brooklyn from SF, including all the crappy apartments (an illegal basement studio which was actually the best option) and even crappier jobs (restaurant delivery person via bike, even when snowing!). Julia the cartoon is instantly likable, and the style, like the creator, doesn't take itself too seriously.
Nick Kives
I put this review off for a bit, and then kind of forgot about it this past week. The art is so simplistic for this book, at first glance someone maybe turned away, but it works perfectly for the story. Different apartments, getting fired from jobs, the general struggles of moving to a new city, but even though Julia can be kind of difficult most of the times, but it is done in such a humorous way that works great.
Jason Gacek
I quite enjoyed this anecdotal graphic novel. Julia moves to Brooklyn, takes a series of crappy jobs, drinks too much, and works on her comics. She has a pretty rough year, actually, but she makes it through it. Her book deal is well deserved. I hope I get to read the next volume in about a year.
Kirsti
This book taught me the phrases "It's so cute I'm gonna barf up a kitten!" and "Go eat a bag of wet dicks." From the author of The Fart Party volumes 1 and 2.
Abby
Proof that female autobio cartoonists can be just as immature and self-indulgent as their male counterparts. Did not live up to the hype.
Hannah  Messler
Julia Wertz you little tiny king of the world I fucking love your moves, your moves are solid ass gold.

Aharon
Far less annoying than it should be.
Miss
this was super entertaining! it's a shame she's not canadian because i kind of want to rec it to my old canadian graphic novel prof as a better version of my new york diary

i feel like lately i've been reading a lot of talented writers who talk about difficult autobiographical stuff via humour. if i was a ny times blogger probably i would say something like we're experiencing a golden age of confessional writing! sadly i am a uni student who's had the concepts of sample sizes drilled into my head...more
Janice
Autobiographical graphic novel about a diminutive young cartoonist who moves from SF to Brooklyn after her breakup. She leaves behind her family, including her drug-addicted brother whom she worries about. She herself has considerable problems with alcohol and drinks bottles of beer at the movies and hangs out at bars with her friends. She quite the West Coast anti-fashionista who thinks NY hipsters dress fancy. She doesn’t date, except one anecdote of falling asleep drunk on a park bench (she b...more
Raina
Meghan was right - I liked it a lot. I was aware of Julia Wertz before this - I read that I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections she edited and her iconic character stand-in for herself has been in my peripheral vision for several years. But my preferred illustration style tends toward Craig Thompson and the like, plus if I had actually investigated the character, I would have found that she starred in a comic called Fart Party. Not one to enjoy bathroom humor (unless I'm rec...more
Sam Quixote
This is an autobiographical comic about Julia Wertz's move from San Francisco to New York in her early 20s and the trials and tribulations associated with the transition, as well as the foibles of her own life, friends, and family.

While there are several stories of persons moving to the big city, it's not so much the story as it is the reactions of the characters or the main character in the story that make it stand out. "Drinking at the Movies" works as a great comic book read because Julia We...more
Sara
This is another book I discovered through goodreads and I actually read the whole thing (I say that because after reading over my reviews of other books, I discovered I have a bad habit of not reading some of them all the way to the end). Unfortunately, there is little to be proud of in this case, because Drinking at the Movies was a fun and easy read, so finishing it was hardly a chore. That is not to say that the book is insubstantial, in fact, I think it deserves a second read-through in orde...more
Patricia
Ce roman graphique comporte une bonne dose de comédie, d'autobiographie et de graphisme intéressant pour se démarquer du lot. Difficile de ne pas s'attacher à la protagoniste.

Mise en scène : une jeune fille part de San Francisco pour aller à New-York (comprenons ici l'impact majeur d'un tel changement de l'Ouest à l'Est pour les anglo-saxons). La Big Apple sera le lieu ou cumulera les appartements, les bouteilles de Whiskey, les emplois merdiques, etc, etc.

Ce que je retiens surtout, les illustr...more
Oswego Public Library District
Julia Wertz is a twenty-four year old comic book artist. Bored with San Francisco she finds herself making a bold decision by moving to New York. Using illustrations and a journal-like writing style, Drinking at the Movies is a chronicle of Julia’s coming-of-age in New York. In a fun and casual tone, Julia shares the story of moving away from home, trying to hold on to low-paying jobs, and living in four different apartments. She acknowledges and illustrates the more serious parts of her life, l...more
Michael May
I first noticed Julia Wertz's graphic novel Drinking at the Movies late last year while skimming lists of the best books of 2010. When I took a closer look, the titles of Wertz's earlier comics, The Fart Party Volumes 1 and 2, intrigued me. As Mario Anima of FanboyPlanet.com put it, "Lets be frank here, farts and party together at last? I’m there."

Actually, as a blurb at the end of Drinking at the Movies points out, "The Fart Party Volumes 1 and 2 have nothing to do with farts or parties." Rathe...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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