NOW BOOKING FOR 2017/2018, please email me at juliajwertz at

As of summer 2017, I’m planning for the release of Tenements, Tower & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City on Oct 3rd, from BlackDog & Leventhal/Hachette. (Although the book is about NYC, the historical comics have broader appeal, so I’m happy to travel to any bookstore or festival in any city!) I do comics slideshows/reading, standup/storytelling type stuff, college lectures and comics/writing workshops. And I love doing podcasts and radio.

New York & surrounding area:

10/9 update: Please note that the remainder of my NYC tour has been canceled. I have to return early because my hometown is on fire (the Napa/Sonoma fires) and I need to be with family and friends. I will resume the tour at at later date. Later bay area and Seattle events are still happening.

10/9- reading/slideshow at Word in New Jersey with Lauren Weinstein, 7:30pm

10/11- reading/slideshow at the Brooklyn Public Library (main branch) Free snacks and drinks at 6:30, slideshow/talk at 7 

10/12- reading/slideshow at the Queens Library at Steinway at 6pm

Bay Area/California

10/20: Northern California Independent Booksellers Association at the South San Francisco Conference Center. info TBA.

10/26: West coast book release reading/slideshow at Pegasus (Shattuck location) at 7:30pm


11/4 Short Run Comics Festival. I’ll be giving a slideshow/talk about urban exploring & showing some comics I made about it from 3:30-4:30 at the Vera Project. Full schedule of festival talks here.

11/5 slideshow and conversation w/Nicole Georges at the Seattle Public Library 2-4pm

School/college/workshop availability options: If you’d like me to visit your school, 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.