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Tenements, Towers & Trash

September 24, 2017

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Tenements, Towers & Trash is in stores on 10/3/17 and available online- choose from the dropdown menu on this page. Tour dates for NYC, Seattle and the Bay Area. Here are some nice things said about the book by the New York Times, Hyperallergic, and the AV Club. You can see exclusive excerpts on Untapped Cities, CurbedNY, and Pen America (For interview, podcast and/or books for review requests, please go here.) Some of the comics/illustration in this book originally appeared on the New Yorker and Harper’s, but the majority of the material is new.

From the publisher: Here is New York, as you’ve never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz’s popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper’s. In Tenements, Towers & Trash, Julia Wertz takes us behind the New York that you think you know. Not the tourist’s New York-the Statue of Liberty makes a brief appearance and the Empire State Building not at all-but the guts, the underbelly, of this city that never sleeps. With drawings and comics in her signature style, Wertz regales us with streetscapes “Then and Now” and little-known tales, such as the lost history of Kim’s Video, the complicated and unresolved business of Ray’s Pizza, the vintage trash and horse bones that litter the shore of Brooklyn’s Bottle Beach, the ludicrous pinball prohibition, Staten Island’s secret abandoned boatyard, and the hair-raising legend of the infamous abortionist of Fifth Avenue, Madame Restell. From bars, bakeries, and bookstores to food carts, street cleaners, and apartments both cramped and grand, Tenements, Towers & Trash is a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the present day city to bygone days of yore.

Preview pages: (please not that some of the preview pages are part of a longer comic or section, so you’re seeing pages out of order that are not meant to stand alone.)






October 21, 2016

2017 news: You can now pre-order my NYC book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City. It’s a collection of history comics, then/now cityscapes, some autobio stuff, some random illustrations. Some of the comics originally appeared on the New Yorker and Harper’s, but over half the material is new/unpublished. The official release is Oct. 3rd, and I’ll be doing a lot of events in October/November, some of them listed here, and I’m adding more so check back!  Instagram is probably the best way to keep up with me in regards to current info, other social media links on the right toolbar.

2016 stuff to look at:


As for illustration, here’s a  New York Times piece about vanishing stores that I illustrated.

I’m super excited to be included in the new Best American Comics 2016. Order it online or in book and comic book stores now!

I also have a six pager in “Cartoons of the year 2016” New Yorker issue, on stands Nov. 15h. You can see the piece here if you can’t get the magazine.


Actress and writer Eden Sher wrote a book called The Emotionary, which I illustrated. We’re having our release party with a slideshow and signing at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, at 5pm, Saturday Oct. 22nd. Can’t attend? then buy the book online or at your local book store. (local bookstore encouraged!)


I won’t be doing any more events for the rest of 2016, but I will continue to post new  comics on the New Yorker and new then/now cityscapes on Harper’s.

Get prints, mugs, shirts, totes and more at TopatoCo, and original artwork can be bought from me

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sketchy comics

June 29, 2016

Some sketchy comics for your amusement. Here’s one I made a few days ago. and here’s one I made a few months ago when I was still living in NYC, but about to move to CA.

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in retrospect

June 15, 2016

Here’s a sketchy diary comic I did in the weeks before leaving NYC permanently.  

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June 7, 2016

Well, that’s a wrap on New York for me. Thanks to everyone who came out to my last show, and who bought any books or art or other stuff from me before I left, or got some of the free stuff I left outside my apartment. You guys really cleaned it out, good job! I’ve […]

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last NYC show

May 21, 2016

Atten: Tickets are sold at the door. Doors at 8, show at 8:30 I’m leaving NYC on May 29th and so I’m throwing myself a goodbye comedy show on Wed. May 25th at 61 Local in Carroll Gardens. I’ll be doing stand up and comics slide shows, along with the super funny cartoonist Sarah Andersen doing […]

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new prints/cityscapes and more!

May 3, 2016

New prints in my TopatoCo Shop! the best one is the 9×34 inch (three page) cityscape of The Block in Baltimore. We also added “the Strand,” “My Greenpoint” and people keep asking about the CBGB print, which is also in the store! there are also “fart party classic” t-shirts, totes, mugs and more! “The Block” […]

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Ideal NYC

April 19, 2016

If I could design a NYC street (or any city really) to fit my personal preferences, this would be it. It’s from a real photo of Kent and Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint in the 1930’s, housing the kind of places I would want to go.  (see it bigger here) Want me to draw one of these for […]

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CBGB & Astor Place

February 26, 2016

This month’s cityscape segment features for decades of the infamous Bowery club CBGB. To got Harper’s to see the rest!  This month’s history comic is Secrets of the Astor Place Subway Station, read the whole thing on the New Yorker ! To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac, hand made jewelry, and […]

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sketchy comic- why artists should never complain about their job

February 2, 2016

I mean, it’s fine to complain to other artists, but if you’re talking to someone with a job like this, don’t be a dick. To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac, hand made jewelry, and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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Greenpoint then/now.

September 16, 2015

Here’s a page from a big project I’m working on about Greenpoint. This is just a quick layout, the final project has more text/history. I’m just working on images right now. A finished portion of this project will be available this November in a book of comics the New Yorker is putting out, but more […]

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Professional Cartoonist

June 24, 2015

To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac, hand made jewelry, and more on either my website store or Etsy.   

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DIY in process

June 2, 2015

If you missed it, my comic on the New York World’s Fair and its lampposts is up now at the New Yorker. Here’s a sample page from that DIY mini comic I’ve been slowly working on for forever. I think it’s almost ready to go. This page is not related to the DIY stuff I talk […]

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Bottle Beach, etc.

April 29, 2015

First things first: We changed the format of the workshops I’m teaching in Greenpoint- now there are two “memoir comics” workshops available (the work does not have to be memoir, everything I teach is applicable to fiction as well) May 17th and June 7th. If you contact me first at [email protected] I can give you […]

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Horrors of the NYC Subway

April 7, 2015

This piece was originally done for Time Out New York. oh, and don’t forget to come see me talk to Penelope Bagieu in public at Albertine Books tomorrow night! I also have a new online store with a bunch of new stuff available, as well as the good old books and original art that’s always […]

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Impossible People- fundraising

March 25, 2015

Samples of Impossible People can be seen at The (Fart) Party’s Over  and at the end of this page. Donations go to supporting the work process and so I can continue to post free, new material online. It is not a pre-order for the book, as I’m considering doing a more online style release, but […]

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The Fart Party’s Over

March 23, 2015

Atten: This is a reprint, I made this half essay/ half comic in January of 2014, a year and a half into what would be come an unexpected two year break from making comics. It originally appeared on Narrativly and Slate, but I’m posting it again here, since I am finally working on the book […]

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coffee shop etiquette

February 25, 2015

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100 years ago

February 9, 2015

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x-mas comics pt 1

February 2, 2015

This week I’m posting some sketchbook comics from my visit home to California this past December. My apologies if you already saw them elsewhere on social media.   To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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Just a nice day in the city

January 19, 2015

Note: Pizza Island has been over for years, but I’m still so proud of all my ladies and the good work they’re doing. For links, go to our Pizza Island blog. I still think our goodbye post is one of our best collaborations. Clearly, our group twitter has been hijacked, but eh, pick your battles. […]

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cityscape commissions

January 16, 2015

I’m currently accepting commissions for cityscapes, either single page or before/after two pages (see images for details. Images are of then & now cityscapes, but single pages will look the same.) I can do most city or town scenes, but with a focus on blocks, buildings, shops and houses. (no nature scenes please) The art is done […]

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Weird, Horrible & Strange Christmas Gifts of Yore

December 22, 2014

Here’s a comic I did for Cards Against Humanity. I was playing the game with my family last night, and I had to explain “road head” to my ma, and she’s forever upset that we made her read all those cards out loud. To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac […]

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Where’d it go?

December 8, 2014

Check it out, I forced an editor to condense my 2.5 hour rant at the lovely Meg Lemke into a more tolerable, readable interview, up now at the Paris Review!  To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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Home Haircut

December 1, 2014

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The Never-ending Staples Story

November 24, 2014

Yes, I am aware of other printing resources that are much more reliable, affordable and not insane, but I sometimes have to get stuff printed RIGHT NOW and this is my only option for that, so no need to enlighten me about why I shouldn’t be going to Staples. I very much know already, believe […]

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Athens Lunatic Asylum

November 17, 2014

People have been asking me for years if I’m gonna turn my urban exploring adventures into comics, and I always said no. But turns out, if you give me an (unrelated) Super Official Illustration Job and two books to work on, I will totally do what I absolutely do not have time for, and that […]

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Too Little, Too Late

November 11, 2014

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DIY- teen years

November 3, 2014

A preview page of the mini about DIY projects that I started last September. “I’ll finish it eventually,” I said unconvincingly.    To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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The Life

October 16, 2014

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SD: Day Off

October 1, 2014

I want to briefly address an article in a German magazine that was published last week. I’m not going to link it, I don’t want to draw attention to the specifics, but to sum it up, it was an article not necessarily about me, but about a journalist’s attempts to get me to meet up […]

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Poster & Panel Options

September 8, 2014

If you’re reading this page, you should be coming from this Etsy listing. If not, go check it out! Posters are 17 x 11, either glossy or matte cardstock, your choice. Here are the comics available as posters:       And here are the panels available in the poster/panel bundle:    

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SPX debut & sample page

September 8, 2014

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Preview of new mini

September 2, 2014

  To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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hate-mail bag

May 21, 2014

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any hate mail, and while working on the Fart Party collection, I re-found a bunch of old ones that are GLORIOUS. A few you’ve seen before, but I’m adding more to the mail section of the book, here are a few samples. BUT FIRST! I am having a huge […]

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April 8, 2014

This Sunday, Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed and I will be showing/talking about how we use NYC in our comics at Housing Works Bookstore at 1pm as part ofthe Downtown Literary Festival. I hate dream stories, but here’s a comic about mine on The Nib.   I posted something awhile ago about how I was in need of […]

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apartment sketch

March 5, 2014

I had some real work to do, so instead I drew this. I know the scale seems odd, but everything in my apartment is odd. The ceilings are really low, and for some reason, everything in my apartment is miniature, including my cat and myself. Oh, also I live in a museum, basically. To support […]

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February 12, 2014

A sketchy comic from my January sketchbook. I don’t know why I just said “January sketchbook,” because it’s just a notepad that floats around my apartment all year. Also, there’s another post of ‘found objects‘ up at Adventure Bible School.   To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more […]

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Holiday sketches pt 6

January 30, 2014

Some extra sketchy comics I did while visiting home in California for the holidays: Before you roll your eyes at the space heater thing, just look at it! I mean, really.  There’s a new post about Penn Hills Resort over at Adventure Bible School, in which I mostly complain because fuck that place. Also, last […]

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Holiday sketches pt 5- (bad) memory box

January 14, 2014

Another sketchbook comic from my visit home for the holidays:   To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy.   

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Holiday sketches pt 4- likes/dislikes

January 8, 2014

More holiday sketchy comics, just some stuff my ma said.   PS- I decided not to do a kickstarter but instead I’m gonna run my own pre-sales kickstarter rip-off right here on this site so forget what I said last time. Also there’s a new post up about the Old Calistoga Hospital on Adventure Bible […]

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holiday sketches pt 3- My Lifestyle Is Unacceptable To Everyone But Me

January 6, 2014

More sketchbook comics I made during my trip home to California for Christmas, following pt 1 and pt 2      PS.  I’m going to start a Kickstarter soon for the Fart Party Omnibus. When I googled “tips for launching a kickstater,” some sites suggested informing people about it before you post it, so this […]

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Museum of Mistakes: the Fart Party Collection

January 3, 2014

ABOUT: Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection is a 400 page omnibus of my early comics (published by Atomic Books in 2014) including The Fart Party Vol 1 & 2 as well over 150 pages of previously unpublished material, some of which ostensibly would have been Fart Party Vol 3, had I done a third volume. Some of the […]

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holiday sketches pt 2- The Cookie Situation

January 2, 2014

A few more of the sketchbook comics I made while visiting home for the holidays. I haven’t been home for Christmas in years, so I haven’t pitched a fit about Christmas cookies in awhile. I’m sure my ma missed it.   As soon as she left the house, I ate five cookies. But look at […]

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holiday sketches pt 1- Family Issues

December 26, 2013

These are the first comics I’ve drawn in a year and a half. They’re just quick sketchbook comics about my visit home to California. I’ll be posting them here over the next week or so, but you can read em as I go on instagram. Hope y’all had a good Christmas, I got half a […]

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Holiday print, art and book sale

December 6, 2013

I finally have a bunch of photography prints for sale! And they’re all a few bucks cheaper for the holidays. They’re up in my Etsy store, along with a bunch of original comics pages and other smaller comics pieces, plus the regular books. If you have a specific comic page or even single panel in mind […]

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2011 daily comic

September 9, 2013

First- It’s taking way longer than I anticipated for me to organize the comics originals that I’ll be selling, but if you emailed me, I got the email and should have responded, but if not, I’ll be getting back to you (and everyone) at the end of this month. I’m leaving town for a bit […]

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Public Hair

November 5, 2012

This comic written by me and illustrated by Laura Park. It originally appeared in Papercutter #6 many years ago. To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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the Perils of Autobio Comickery

October 20, 2012

When I made this, but a scant few days ago, I thought it was embarrassing, but then I made a bunch of comics about Tinder that usurp any slight humiliation this benign comic might have caused me for a minute. So we all have that to look forward to in the too near future. To […]

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West Coast Trip

October 12, 2012

My parents’ three mistakes goofin’ around downtown Before I get into this post about my trip, I want to say that if you ordered a book in the last two weeks, thank you! and they are going out tomorrow. If you emailed me about a missing order or a mistake, please be patient as I […]

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The Infinite Wait & Other Stories

September 18, 2012

The Infinite Wait and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2012)  Available in stores and online from koyama & online distros  Book description from me: A collection of three short comic stories, one about shitty jobs, one about a shitty autoimmune disease (systemic lupus) I was diagnosed with, and one about my  love of public libraries, especially the […]

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A Strange and Curious Place

August 1, 2012

This is the shortest of the three stories that make up The Infinite Wait and other stories, published by Koyama Press and available on this site and at Secret Acres. The two main stories are a little over 100 pages each, this one is 17 pages long. To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, […]

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Joke Day

July 16, 2012

This week I’m going to run an old 7 pager which I might have once posted online a few years ago but I can’t be bothered to remember that kind of stuff and hopefully you don’t remember either and it’s like a new comic for everyone. The End. This story originally appeared in Fart Party Vol 2 which is […]

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lunch with dad

June 25, 2012

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job #8

June 12, 2012

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sticks & stones

June 4, 2012

Before you read this comic, please know that I’m only portraying a very small portion of interactions I’ve had with people at conventions. For the most part, I really enjoy meeting my readers and I am very, very appreciative of 95% of them. I would not have a career if it weren’t for you guys. […]

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The Great Pretenders

May 22, 2012

This is an excerpt from a longer, unpublished story called The Great Pretenders. To support my work, go here, or buy books, photography prints, artwork, bric-a-brac and more on either my website store or Etsy. 

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the cookie incident pt 3

May 17, 2012

Part 1 Part 2 FYI- the panel towards the end about being sick all the time is a reference to being diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2003, a few months before this cookie fiasco took place. Also, after the comic, some exciting and thrilling facts about malls! The End! The moral of this incredibly stupid […]

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the cookie incident pt 2

May 16, 2012

read part 1 here nnnnng just thinking about posting the mall pages tomorrow is giving me consumerism PTSD. It’ll be anti-climatic for you readers but I’m already getting jittery hands and a sweaty butthole from the anticipation of reliving those terrible, immeasurable moments. Immeasurable because I dont know if I was lost in  the mall for 10 minutes or […]

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the cookie incident pt 1

May 14, 2012

This ridiculous incident occurred almost 10 years ago in San Francisco when I shared an apartment with two dudes, one I was friends with and one who was just the worst. I’m going to run the whole, goofy story in 3 parts this week. It’s basically a 6 page story explaining why malls freak me […]

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The Infinite Wait page 93

May 10, 2012

Hello Kind Reader. If you are on this webpage, it means you have purchased The Infinite Wait and were instructed to come here to view the missing page. (If you’re here randomly and would like to purchase the book, please visit the store.) The page isn’t terribly important to the story, however it does address how I […]

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A thing I did in high school

May 9, 2012

I remember a lot of people telling me that someday I’d regret not taking the SAT in high school and I’d regret not engaging in school and I’d look back and wish I’d at least attended my college graduation, but you know what? fuck that noise. I’m perfectly, some might even say smugly, satisfied with […]

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travels and parents and such

April 30, 2012

My ma and step-dad have been visiting NYC all week, doing delightful things like trying to hook me up with “Brad the Nashville Dilettante,”  picking up trash from the gutter and offering it to me as a souvenir, screeching every time I step off the curb just a little bit when the light is red […]

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Dear Mom, sorry about me

April 24, 2012

  Reserve your tickets ahead of time if you can. $5. This particular show is pretty special to me since my parents have never seen me do anything on stage and I’m pretty sure they’re waiting for my “cute little career of doodles” to crumble at my feet so I have to go back to […]

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reading during the angsty years

April 17, 2012

this is another part of a longer comic that proceeds this page. Also don’t forget to reserve a ticket to my UCBeast variety show thingy on April 28th. I dont know why I just called it a ‘variety show’ it’s only got two kinds of variety. I just wanted to make it clear that other […]

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desk porn

April 11, 2012

I put up a comic on monday that I then took down because I decided I’ll be posting that story in full starting in June. So, in the meantime for this week, here’s a post about my old desk space at Pizza Island that originally appeared on our now defunct blog. Sorry if this is […]

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accidental murderer

April 9, 2012


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What it’s like

April 8, 2012

Excerpt from The Infinite Wait and Other Stories 

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the Dance Buzzer Game

April 2, 2012

This happened quite frequently back when my brother and I lived in San Francisco around 2003, much to the annoyance of everyone around, ourselves included. Years later this game morphed into public dancing with a Guitar Hero guitar when my brother came to visit me in NYC

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takin’ ill

March 28, 2012

In 2003, while living in San Francisco, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus. It was a bummer. These preview pages depict what happened after I’d gone through a few months of being mysteriously ill (I know, how romantic sounding. In the olden times they probably would have accused me of having hysteria or vapors) before […]

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high school hijinks

March 21, 2012

This weekend I’ll be yammering on a panel with Bill Griffith, R Sikoryak and Charles Brownstein about what it’s like to be a cartoonist in NYC on Saturday, March 24th at Columbia University 3pm-4pm. More info here . The panel is called ‘Alternative New York’ whatever that means. Come see us talk at a fancy […]

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letters from rehab pt 1

March 13, 2012

While going through old work, I found some letters I wrote to friends during my stint in rehab two years ago. That was a time. I’m going to post a few of them this week since they’re not too personal. I was still part of my old studio, Pizza Island, at the time and wrote […]

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parental visit pt2

March 5, 2012

Please don’t email me about using offensive terms in this comic. I’m aware they’re taboo, they are not words I use, but if you have a parent born before 1950, this is just what happens. Also, just a reminder, this happened back when I lived in San Francisco around 2003.

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parental visit pt 1

February 27, 2012

(Disclaimer: this visit happened in 2003 when I was living in a weird, illegal inlaw unit with two roommates in San Francisco. Hey Miles!)    

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even more job comics

February 6, 2012

  I uploaded all the old Fart Party vol 1 samples to tumblr that I’m going to do. I’ll probably upload more old comics later today if you give a turtle’s taint about that kind of stuff.

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more job comics

January 30, 2012

another page from the longer comic about jobs. Working on this story is making me have those awful waiting tables dreams I used to have when I was a waitress where the restaurant is crowded, everyone is mad and the food is taking forfuckingever. It’s kind of a nice respite from the apocalyptic dreams I […]

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job #3

January 25, 2012

Another page from a longer comic about all the jobs I’ve had thus far. We pushed back the release date for this book because I decided to make it all new material of short stories instead of a collection of one pagers. It’ll come out later this year instead of this May, as previously stated. […]

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the disbanding of Pizza Island

January 23, 2012

Man, this post is the worst. Pizza Island, the studio I shared with five other cartoonists, is shutting down at the end of this month. The explanation we’re giving (lease up, rent going up, members leaving the country) is really just an elaborate ruse to cover up the real, more scandalous reason as to why we’re disbanding. The studio […]

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my first job

January 17, 2012

This is the first page from a 50 or so page story about some of the jobs I’ve had from age 4 to now. I got the idea to do this story after I recorded the Paying Dues podcast last year. There is some speculation in my memory about the price of the golf balls, […]

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explaining stuff to my ma

January 10, 2012

To my mom’s credit, this event took place years ago and she has since become fairly technology savvy. She eventually got a computer made after  the 90’s and even has an iphone. I don’t even have an iphone and I do all my comics work on a 7 year old PC. However she still does […]

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faux New Yorker cartoons

January 3, 2012
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Protected: the Castle- redux

December 30, 2011

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Christmas of yore pt 2

December 22, 2011

hey New York, come to the Crimestoppers Club show next Tuesday to watch some of us do whatever it is we do. Guests are Kate Beaton, Michael Kupperman, Anthony Devito, Mitch Magee, Mark Twain, Julie Klausner and myself. Dec 27th 7pm @Luca Lounge. I think  I’m going to read from the Devil’s Disciples because it cracks my […]

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Christmas of yore pt 1

December 21, 2011

for the next few days I’m going to run some old comic about Christmas that I made many years ago. Some of them appear in Fart Party vol 1 and some of them I just didn’t do anything with. It’s weird for me to look at these old drawings because they’re pretty hilariously bad but […]

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more sketchy france comics

December 1, 2011

  Don’t forget to come to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this Saturday! I’ll be selling books and hand drawn panels for a reasonable price and farts in jar for a million dollars.

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I hope that’s not what you meant to say

November 28, 2011

I just got back from France (which you might know about since I wouldn’t shut up about it on the internet for forever) where I was a guest at Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage. First and foremost, I’d like to say thank you to Nicolas who arranged everything, the festival organizers who invited me, Alter […]

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Whiskey & New York (what I’ve wrought)

November 14, 2011

hey look! A thing I made is coming out in a language I don’t speak! The French edition of Drinking at the Movies (retitled Whiskey & New York) is debuting this weekend (Nov 18th-20th) at Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage in Clermont-Ferrand. I’ll be there all weekend with Alter Comics as well as on a panel with Aino […]

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christmas eve 2009

November 2, 2011

This is an excerpt from a longer comic about winter 2009 when I spent Christmas eve in a shitty health clinic in the lower east side. Obviously I’m fine and I didn’t die. I don’t want to get into the details online, but I did just talk to Mike Dawson on TCJ Talkies about how […]

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Dear Abby

November 1, 2011

Back in the olden days when I read my news on paper, I would clip out Dear Abby columns and save them for when I needed a laugh, because really, there’s nothing more funny than a kid in distress, amiright? Unfortunately, many of the clippings were lost over the years, including the beginning of the […]

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under-developed in the mind

October 28, 2011

I posted this found letter a few years ago on my blog that has since been deleted, but I think it merits a more permanent home on this website, don’t you? The whole thing is amazing, but I’m particularly fond of this part: “I know you hate it when I compare my feelings to a song, […]

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Dear Diary pt2: House of the Lord

October 26, 2011

A little background: During the year I kept this diary (age 12, 6th grade) I was a home schooled, ballet dancing, piano playing, good Christian kid. My dad was a reverend for a few years and my mom taught Sunday school at the Evangelical Christian church we attended multiple times a week. Shortly after the […]

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conversations with my ma pt.1

October 17, 2011

*In case you don’t know about science, here’s a little bit of it you can use to make  lame excuses for your poor behavior: The part of brain that is in charge of decision making, behavioral patterns, rationality, etc…is the prefrontal cortex. Scientists have discovered that this area of the brain doesn’t stop developing until […]

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relapse dreams

October 13, 2011

I’d like to get back to posting more regularly, but it’s hard to find stand alone pages from the stuff I’m working on. But if figured this one will resonate with anyone who has ever been in this position, or has a shitty pet. At least this dream wasn’t as bad as the one I […]

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foiled plans

October 10, 2011

While I was visiting home these last few weeks, a few people asked me whatever became of the idea for a TV show based on my books that I talked about in Drinking at the Movies. The short answer is I never wrote the script they asked for, but the long answer is that the […]

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confectionery philosophy

September 19, 2011

If I wasn’t me and I read this comic, I would hate me. And for the record, I stopped eating tasti-d-lite not on account of the fact that it’s sad (it is) but because it’s total garbage (it really is). Now I just sit on my couch in my boxers and cry softly into fruit […]

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September 13, 2011

I don’t know how to start this, so I’m just going to get right into it. This past weekend during SPX, good friend and fellow cartoonist and publisher Dylan Williams passed away. He was making the news rounds lately for a fundraiser after another cancer diagnosis, and the comics community showed up in full force […]

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the best invention

August 29, 2011

It’d be weird if I ignored the hurricane stuff so worry not, I shall bore you with doodles and photos of its disappointment later this week. For now, here’s a comic I made awhile ago but I’m still upset about it and probably always will be. I mean, COME ON, why aren’t these a thing? […]

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Boys pt 1

August 16, 2011

I sincerely doubt that Juan reads this website, or even knows what became of me for that matter, but if on the off chance he ever sees this, hi Juan! My memories of you are fond, which I can’t say for the rest of the boys in this series. Also, that last panel, I think […]

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August 1, 2011

you might recognize some of these things from my twitter account, because some of what I say on twitter is something I said in real life, which means I’m just enough of an idiot to say a stupid thing twice, but never in one fashion. I feel like I should pay my friends to sit […]

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Then VS Now

July 25, 2011

I feel it necessary for whatever scrap of dignity I have left to mention that the Slash/GnR/pot smoking videos thing was during my teen years. Now I sit around drinking tea and re-watching clips of all the dorky, chubby comedians that I fantasize about. Oh, how much a decade can change a person… not always for the […]

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