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 Mistakesand the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Storiesboth of which were nominated for Eisner Awards. Her latest book, Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City, was published by Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette in Oct 2017, for which she won the 2018 Brendan Gill Prize. She currently does monthly comics and illustration for the New Yorker. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesHarper’s Magazine, the Believer, the Best American Comics, and Medium. Her photography of abandoned places has appeared in The New York Post, the Daily Mail and some local rags. She is a repeated MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent a decade in New York City, in this studio. She current lives in Petaluma, Ca, where she’s working on a graphic novel to be released by Hachette in 2020.

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

EVENTS/AVAILABILITY: If you’d like me to visit your college/school/workshop/convention, please contact me directly. Over the years, I’ve created different lectures/workshops/curriculum for students of varying ages, including kids. 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, email me! as of 2017, I’m in the bay area, but I travel frequently.


Questions, commentary 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 mbrower(at)aevitascreative(dot)com


If you’re looking for a review copy of one of my books, please contact the following people:

Tenements, Towers & Trash- Betsy.Hulsebosch(at)hbgusa(dot)com

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

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


Social media junk:



Flickr– urban exploring/abandoned places photos only

Amazon author page

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!