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Drinking at the Movies

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,573 ratings  ·  331 reviews
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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Jan Philipzig
Drinking at the Movies is far from flawless. Like a collection of newspaper strips that weren't meant to be read back-to-back, it often lacks narrative flow, becomes repetitive in places; its social critique is a bit on the shallow, unsurprising side; its protagonist, Wertz' unflattering alter ego, is kind of a slob; oh, and the artwork looks rather amateurish, almost like the rushed and careless scribblings of a child: elbows are difficult to draw, so all characters simply get gumby arms instea ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was basically everything I wanted in a graphic memoir about moving to New York City: nice, clean drawings, small and funny anecdotes about adjusting to the city with just enough meaning and nostalgia at the end to make me feel hopeful, but not enough to make this too heartfelt and cheesy.

This was mostly just funny stories about the shitty things that happened to Julia in the first year that she lived in NYC. And when I say funny, I mean I actually laughed out loud. This is a graphic memoir
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Peter Derk
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: petestopof2015
Really super good.

This year I've made it a point to look out for comics that are good alternatives to canon titles and that have good female characters. This one hits both.

This book is a really great alternative to some of those titles like Persepolis or Blankets in that it's good comics, a simple story, and it's all told very well. There are genuine laughs, and there's a true style to both the writing and the art.

Okay, it doesn't seem like it's telling an important story. It's not one of those
Jo Reads
Come promettere il retro di copertina in questo graphic novel, Julia Wertz ci racconta la sua vita dopo aver lasciato San Francisco ed essersi trasferita a New York. Durante la lettura affrontiamo un paio di anni nella vita di Julia, tante micro scene quotidiane che compongono i capitoli-stagioni in cui sono divisi gli anni 2007 e 2008. E' una lettura piacevole che ti aiuta (o almeno l'ha fatto con me) a scoprire gli aspetti politi culturali e sociale di New York e, più in generale, degli USA du ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
Another book read with a cold.... This time also drinking a beer and half watching Autumn in New York.
I liked this a lot - only criticism was it felt a bit episodic, so hard to get totally into it. But it was sweet, funny, a little dark, and I liked it, love these graphic memoirs.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
7/31/15: look forward to rereading this new updated edition (just got review copies of the fall 2015 line-up from Koyama Press). I like the look-feel of this one so much more, which just goes to show you how much better comics presses generally are with the production of graphic novels - so much more loving care goes into them.

12/05/15: Yeah, this still holds up well. The book is Wertz's funny-rueful account of her stumbling her way into a new life in New York City as a twentysomething in the l
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, memoir
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
Ksenia (vaenn)
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Завжди було цікаво читати, як живуть мої плюс-мінус двійко років однолітки в різних країнах: як облаштовують життя, на що звертають увагу, як ставляться до глобально значущих політичних подій або розповсюдження новітніх технологій/ідей/маскультурних стандартів і всякого такого різного. От Drinking at the Movies - якраз воно, і в коміксовому форматі вигляда чомусь навіть переконливіше за текстовий. Отже на календарі 2007 рік і двадцять-з-чомось-літня Джулія переїжджає з Сан-Франциско до Нью-Йорка ...more
This is a coming of age story about a 24 yr. old who decides she needs a change in life and moves from San Francisco to New York. She struggles plenty in New York but sticks it out. For most of the book, she drinks, drinks, drinks her problems away. After a night of heavy drinking: "Nnng...I feel like ten kinds of ass."

I enjoyed reading the author's journey of self-discovery, even if she stills has a long way to go. As her mom says to her: "Life is a shit sandwich. You gotta eat it one bite at a
Sam Quixote
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Hannah Garden
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2015, reread
Julia Wertz you little tiny king of the world I fucking love your moves, your moves are solid ass gold.

^^oh that is nice I guess I read this for the first time on July 7 2012


I like these strips and hadn't read any in a few years, but after a recent thing at Desert Island for the re-release of this volume decided to re-check em out and yep, still good, still solid ass gold. I remember originally being like oh what a small coincidental world I have had some experiences that mirror such and s
Impostata più come una raccolta di strisce che una narrazione vera e propria, questa graphic novel ci porta in modo diretto e senza filtri nella vita della sua autrice, che racconta con molta ironia e sincerità la sua esperienza nel momento in cui si trasferisce a New York con l'intento di cambiare vita.
Fra gli aspetti che maggiormente ho apprezzato dell'opera c'è sicuramente il modo alquanto personale, leggero e sopra le righe con cui la Wertz racconta la sua storia, gli aneddoti, sia positivi
Sarah Beaudoin
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Raquel Moritz
Essa HQ é uma autobiografia contada de maneira linear, mas não direta. A Julia vai saltando alguns acontecimentos pra poder reunir as melhores (ou piores, já que geralmente é algo que dá errado) partes da vida dela. A solidão numa cidade grande e nada hospitaleira, a preocupação com a família e o pé no alcoolismo são alguns dos temas abordados, mas é tanto texto em todo canto que o desenho pra nada serve :( Valeu a leitura, mas não sei se é o tipo de HQ que vai agradar geral. Depende muito do qu ...more
Stephanie (aka WW)
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my second Julia Wertz book and it won't be my last. When I'm reading her, I find myself looking forward to a daily dose of her wry observations on life and self-deprecating humor. She sees small moments of humor everywhere, which, I believe, is the only way to live life sanely. Now, to get my hands on The Fart Party, her best-known book, which, unfortunately, is out of print.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update: I've just re-read this and it's silly how I rated this book last year because I always remembered it so fondly, AND I really loved it this read-through. 4.5! Everyone read this!

More of a 3.5/3.75. The art is awesome and the humor is on point. I'll probably check out more of Julia's books.
Alyssa (redheadreads)
This graphic novel was a real mixed bag. For the most part I really related to the author, moving to NY is a bewildering experience for everyone, however I didn't self-medicate my first year here with alcohol. I was quite concerned for the author's liver by the end of the novel. However, like the author I did move to NY from Northern California and, like her, I miss good Mexican food frequently.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I believe for this book to hold any value for you, you need to be a NYC tr
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like Julia Wertz's sense of humor, that she has a critical eye for things around her and for herself, and that she knows a mistake before she even makes it. Next time she's looking for a place to live, she should consult with me (I would have totally ruled out WB and recommended Greenpoint. Are you kidding? You like to go to bed early, wake up early, and you give not a fuck about the way you dress? Why would you live in WB? You need the old, far away, un-hip 'hoods full of middle class 1st-3rd ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jason Pettus
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
Eric Novello
Passei a HQ inteira me perguntando "Pq mesmo eu não comprei o Placas Tectônicas, da Margaux Motin"?

Não é que "Entre Umas e Outras" seja uma HQ ruim, mas ela é cansativa. Tem texto por todo canto, sem deixar os desenhos falarem por si mesmos. Podia, inclusive ser um romance que daria no mesmo. Outra coisa que me incomoda é esse personagem muito usado pela literatura americana que é basicamente alguém desagradável e autodestrutivo que no fim da história aprenderá algo sobre si mesmo, mas não muito
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, nonfic
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, non-fiction
I was excited to stumble on this graphic novel since it is about moving from San Francisco to New York and I have now moved to San Francisco after living in New York. It actually really made me miss NYC and I really enjoyed picking out little references to different parts of the city. I connected a lot more to Wertz' tale of moving to the big city than Julie Doucet's version in My New York Diary and I like her drawing style a lot. I appreciate reading about another lady who likes to schlub aroun ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Nick Kives
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this a while ago, but love anything Julia Wertz writes. She isn't for everyone, but if you love a very honest story, espeically this one, of her drinking problem, but told from a humors point a view...give it a try.
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Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian and part time urban explorer/photographer. She made the comic books The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2 (collected in Museum of Mistakes) and the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories. In 2017, Hachette published Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City, for ...more