Monday, April 20, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: "Drinking at the Movies" by Julia Wertz

Drinking at the Movies is a graphic memoir in which author/artist Julia Wertz chronicles her move from San Francisco to New York City in her mid-twenties.  I totally found this title in kind of a roundabout way...  I read a list on Mashable called "13 Graphic Novels Every Memoir Lover Should Read".  I saw some books there that I've already read and loved (Hello Tomboy  and Hyperbole and a Half)  One of Wertz's more recent books, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, was on this list...  but I couldn't find it in my library system.  I could get this one though.  So I did.  Obviously.

ANYWAY.  Julia decides to go to New York and just kind of see what happens.  She's already committed herself to creating comics... but she still needs to find places to live and quick jobs to make some money to support her booze and cheese habit.  She has a great sense of humor, and shares some great awkward and funny situations in which she's found herself.

I probably could have read this in one sitting, but I didn't and I think that probably worked better.  It doesn't seem like this was written purposefully to be bound together in a book like this.  It feels more like it is a series of comics that follow her timeline and are assembled in order, and I like that.  A couple of times, a particular event or situation was discussed two times, but each time was from a slightly different angle or revealed something new about the moment.  It is kind of broken up into seasons too, which I kind of used as "break" points while reading.

This is a great book to hand to a graphic novel/graphic memoir reader, especially if they are graduating college and making a big move.  This covers that point in time where we don't really know what we're doing but we're going to go somewhere and do it anyway.

Now, I've got to work on the selector in our library for adult graphic novels make some other titles available.  I don't think it will be too hard... she just requested this author's Fart Party book(s) from out of our network!

Drinking at the Movies
by Julia Wertz
Three Rivers Press, 2010
192 pages
Source:  Library



Carole said...

I couldn't get this one from the library but I could get the Infinite Wait - looking forward to it! Cheers from Carole's chatter

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Yeah!! I think I am going to request Infinite Wait through inter-library loan. I mean, that's what it's for, right? :)

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