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The wisdom of Julia Wertz

It’s funny because it’s true: Julia Wertz provides a peek into the effects of reviews on a creator’s psyche at The Fart Party. Then to prove she’s not that thin-skinned, she posts some excerpts from bad reviews at her blog:

Only in America could an alcoholic, whiney, self-sabotaging person with limited artistic skill write and illustrate a comic, oops, “graphic novel” about her pathetic and boring life in San Francisco and New York City/Brooklyn and become successful. Reading it almost drove me to drink.

Ouch! Actually, Drinking at the Movies is anything but boring—it’s funny and perceptive and unsparing, and it’s well worth a read. I’m with the New York LA Times on this one.



Heh, I’ve heard similar review equations from other people too, that somehow that one negative review manages to cancel several positive ones, ending to “everyone hates me”.

And it’s kind of truism that only in America could an artist living in San Francisco/Brooklyn become successful. Alcoholic whiney self-sabotaging people, on the other hand, can strike gold in many countries.

If anything, being an alcoholic, whiney, self-sabotaging person helps the reader relate to your work.

I just read Drinking at the Movies a few days ago, and I loved it.

And frankly I like looking her art more than a lot of artists at the big two.

“I’m with the New York Times on this one.”

The NY Times didn’t review it.

Brigid Alverson

November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Sorry, I meant the LA times! In the third panel up there.


November 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Everything Julia Wertz does is awesome.

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