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  • Dec 21, 2010
DRINKING AT THE MOVIES is an autobiographical graphic novel by Julia Wertz about her move from San Francisco to New York. The book examines some of her experiences there including the various apartments she lived in, the various jobs she worked, her struggles with drinking, and her emotions over her brother's drug addiction. The book is at times comical, at times very serious, and at other times absurdly surreal (such as when Wertz's brain literally leaves her body after a drunken spree and Sherlock and Holmes hunt it down). The humor of it won't appeal to everyone (it's somewhat akin to a twenty-something version of SEINFELD), but I enjoyed it. Also, though the book is often humorous, it isn't completely comical. Mundane as some might find Wertz's adventures, just like all of our lives there's a lot of drama and angst that happens.

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review by . August 25, 2010
I've been following Julia Wertz's Fart Party comics for a few years and I have to say that I'm an addict. Though she's hesitant to call Fart Party a webcomic, that's how I discovered her stuff and it's what I've mainly been following through the years. Drinking at the Movies is her third Fart Party collection (after The Fart Party - 2007 publication - coming back into print soon, and The Fart Party Vol 2), and it's the first to mainly feature strips and stories that haven't been featured online …
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Lizzy Caplan Reviews Drinking at the Movies

In addition to her breakout role as "Janice Ian" in Mean Girls, Lizzy Caplan's film credits include Hot Tub Time Machine, Cloverfield, and My Best Friend's Girl. She'll next be seen in 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle. On television, Caplan received raves for her performance as a vegan with a habit for vampire blood in the HBO drama True Blood. Read her review of Drinking at the Movies:

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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0307591832
ISBN-13: 978-0307591838
Author: Julia Wertz
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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