Sometimes readers have questions about Museum of Mistakes, sometimes I have answers! Here are some of the more common ones, but if you have more, you can just email me at juliawertz(at)gmail(dot)com
Q: Why did you once call your comic “Fart Party” and what exactly is a fart party?
A: Long story short, it stems from an inside joke regarding filling balloons with farts and then popping them when wanting guests to go home. The name was a last minute joke that fortunately or unfortunately stuck. The vast majority of my ideas are just not very good. Also, fart jokes should be used sparingly. In early 2011, I changed the title. No one cares though. I do not enjoy fart jokes more than the average person, nor do I enjoy farts, so please don’t tweet/email me fart related stuff.
Q: How much of your comics are online and how much in print?
A: About 20 pages of each of my books are available online as a sample. Each book is around 180-250pages.
Q: I sent you a link to my comics and you didn’t say anything about them. Did you hate them or are you just a bitch?
A: Despite the fact that I post comics online, I HATE reading comics online. Haaaaaaate it. And while I do try to respond to all emails, many slip through because I’m bad at email, so that’s the only reason I didn’t answer, not because I suck or I hated your comic. Depending on my current location, I usually provide a PO Box or address to send me mail. At the moment (summer 2016) I do not have one.
Q: I sent you some crazy, funny toys from the dollar store but you never answered back. What gives? do you not like crazy, dollar store toys?
A: I think you answered your own question with your question. If you really want to send me stuff, I appreciate all snail mail but please remember that I am a grown up, despite what you have read. Sometimes a funny toy is good for a temporary laugh but then I’m stuck with a permanent toy. If you really wanna give me something, send me a digital Amazon or Starbucks gift card. Yeah I said Starbucks, I’m not a snob, coffee is coffee and I need it all the time.
Q: I want to be a professional cartoonist, how do I do that?
A: Just get to work. Don’t wait for a deadline, a publisher, etc. Just get to work, get a website, put shit on it. Go to conventions, meet other cartoonists, get ideas from them. To quote Stephen King, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Q: Is it possible to make a living off comics?
A: YES. I’m sick of cartoonists saying it’s not possible. It is possible if you’re very lucky, and there are a lot of lucky cartoonists. HOWEVER, you need to know what “a living” means to most cartoonists. It means scraping by month to month, working constantly and living at a poverty level. If you have to support a family, it’s much, much harder, unless you get lucky and sell a script to a movie company or something. But if you do what I do, which is live alone in a fairly cheap apartment, you can definitely get by doing just comics. Also, kids these days are doing great for themselves on Patreon, so that’s a thing to look into to supplement your income.
Q: Can I interview you for my dumb zine?
A: Yup! Obviously I love talking about myself, I’ve made a career out of it. I’m full of opinions about pretty much everything so feel free to email me and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. However interviews are time consuming and sometimes I just don’t have the time, so if I say no, that is the reason, it’s nothing personal.
Q: I saw you in person and you looked so cranky so I didn’t approach you.
A: Not really a question, but a statement I’ve heard more than a few times that deserves an explanation. My comic character’s anger is mostly in jest, and that is often mistaken for reality due to the unfortunate fact of my face. I have resting bitch face. But I promise I’m not an asshole, I just play one on the internet. Please come talk to me! I want to talk to you! Or if you see me on the street, stop me and say hi! Especially if I’m with a dude, because maybe I’m on a date and then I’ll look hella cool if you recognize me and say so.
Q: I IMed you and you didn’t answer 🙁
A: was this you? if so, then fuck you too. Also please don’t IM me if we don’t know each other, it’s weird.
Q) I’m a college professor, I was wondering if you’d be open to visiting the school as a guest?
A) Yes! I really enjoy visiting colleges and talking to students. I am willing to travel (expenses paid) or skype. I have three prepared lectures and workshops that I’ve worked on over the last few years, but am willing to talk about anything really.
Q) I know your comics have adult content, but I’d like to have my young students (2nd grade) experience an afternoon comics workshop, is that something you’d be interested in?
A) Absolutely. I’ve taught kids comics workshops before and even have a few prepared activities that have gone over great in the past. Despite what you may have gleaned from my work, I am an adult and can refrain from swearing and being inappropriate. And for some reason, kids love me. Probably because they recognize me as one of their own.
Q) How do I contact you?