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Tenements, Towers & Trash

September 24, 2017

Please note that the remainder of my NYC tour has been canceled. I have to return early because of the Northbay fires (where I live) and I need to be with family and friends. I will resume the tour at at later date. Bay area and Seattle events are still happening!

Also, I have a lot of original artwork for sale, and I am donating a portion of the proceeds to residents displaced by the fires. (TopatoCo also sells prints, mugs, shirts & totes)

Book ordering details: The book 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 and Hyperallergic. You can see exclusive excerpts on The New Yorker, Untapped Cities and CurbedNY. (For interview, podcast and/or books for review requests, please go here.)

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.)