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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 2and the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Storiesboth of which were nominated for Eisner Awards. Her latest book is Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection. She currently does a monthly comic installment about NYC history for the New Yorker, a monthly cityscape illustration series for Harper’s Magazine, and a monthly comic with her brother, for the Believer. Her photography of abandoned places has appeared in The New York Post, the Daily Mail and some local rags. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in New York City. Her apartment is a subject of debate.

You can read some of her comics at Museum of Mistakes, and see her research and photos of abandoned places on Adventure Bible School.

Go here for more info about the books, and here’s a list of interviews and book reviews, but I always forget to update it.

EVENTS/AVAILABILITY: If you’d like me to visit your college/school/workshop, please contact me and if I can, I’d be more than happy to visit. I have prepared different lectures/workshops for students of varying ages, which address topics like small publishers vs big publishers vs DIY, how to “write” artwork (text and art as a symbiotic relationship) and basically everything I learned about making a living through comics during the last decade of figuring it all out my damn self, usually the hard way. I also have activities for kids, involving simple four panel comic storytelling. I prefer doing college lectures in person, however Skype can be arranged as well. 

For book readings, talks and comedic events, I’m usually around, hit me up.


Questions and love/hate mail can be sent directly to me at juliajwertz(at)gmail(dot)com. If you’re contacting me about something on Adventure Bible School, please know that for the most part, I do not give out location information.

You can contact me for everything, but if you insist on doing it the businessy way, please contact my agent Michelle Brower at michelle(at)foliolit(dot)com

For review copies of the books, please contact:

The Infinite Wait & Other Stories– info(at)koyamapress(dot)com

Drinking at the Movies– info(at)koyamapress(dot)com

Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection– rachel(at)atomicbooks(dot)com

And then of course there’s all that internet junk:

Adventure Bible School – my other website about urban exploring




Flickr– urban exploring/abandoned places photos only

Amazon– my wish list

Pizza Island– now inactive,  this site is a homage to what was once a studio in Greenpoint that consisted of six cartoonists/friends. We disbanded in 2013, for various reasons.


Goodreads– be a pal and review one of my books if ya want!