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The Fart Party 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Yeah, she is a fresh new voice, but her voice has been heard by many already tuned into her via the internet where her comics have a loyal and dedicated following. She's sometimes spiteful, sometimes sweet (often tender, frankly) sometimes self-focused and sometimes offensive but she is always honest and curiously insightful. And funny. Very funny.
Her talent is certainly to be reckoned with because it is obvious with this initial release, she's got much more to say and room to grow in artistic and "literary" terms. And I don't mean this as a criticism.
Indeed, some comic artist/writers might be content with the level and quality of what is presented here, but Wertz is definitely barely hitting her stride. I'd dare others to keep up, because I'd bet a paycheck that she will go further and reach higher than most in her field.
Wertz provides a lot of good stuff here. In addition to dozens of dozens comics (it's not a slim tome, it has considerable heft) we're given the chance to see her style evolve a bit into one that is definitely and recognizable as her own. It's as if we are allowed to see a burgeoning comic artist develop a particular confidence of voice and line that cannot be ignored.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this excellent introduction to "The Fart Party." Keep an eye out for Wertz in the coming years as she continues to present us with her own peculiar view of love, work, play and life. I really can't wait to see what she produces in the years to come, because if this book is any indication, it will be even more amazing.
Buy this book, folks. Now. You'll be glad you weren't late to the party.
This anthology of Wertz's comics start at the very beginning of her foray into the comics medium, but even at the start and without much experience, she proved to have a natural talent for making pictures and words in boxes that pack a punch. Maybe it was her background as a writer or just an inborn wit, but she hit the ground running and has been making great work since the start, and this book covers the first year and a half or so of that process.
Wertz draws in a style that is completely her own and never seems to have fallen into the trap of imitation which many young cartoonists do. Though simple, the strong black and whites express her point of view on the world better than any realist style ever could. Its exciting to see Wertz develop as an artist over the course of the book, but she never loses that edge she has had from the start.
I could go on about the fartparty, talk about the story line that runs throughout the book, or the different characters that we get to know through Wertz's eyes, but that would take away the fun of discovering it for yourself. This book is definitely worth the pricetag, especially since it is a book you can re-read many times without the jokes getting stale. It has a prime spot on my bookshelf and I recommend that you add it to your collection as well.
Most of the comics are one page, self-contained stories similar to a comic strip...but as someone who really dislikes newspaper comic strips (with a few minor exceptions) I can tell you that Wertz' sense of humor is truly unique and like nothing you have seen in comics!
Buy this book now, track her down at a comic convention and get her to sign it. It will definitely be worth a lot in the future because Julia Wertz is clearly going places (err, GOOD places)!
Thanks for representing real life, and for being super hilarious, and for putting it out there and getting it published.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give Fart Party a symbolic star because I plan to teach it in an upcoming course about the graphic novel. This will at least financially support a fellow artist. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Jason Rosenfeld
While amazon does have a listing for this book, I'd just like to let everyone know that you can also purchase this book from the author's website. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by ChibiNeko
I was browsing a bookstore when I read the title (Fart Party), and decided to pick it up. I enjoyed the humor and decided to buy it. Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by S. S. Ortega
I'm so late to this party - I feel like a complete douche. I enjoyed this so much I couldn't really form rational words to describe, especially since all of the other reviews, at... Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Chris M.
This is a real solid piece of quality work. Funny, well drawn, and thoughtful. Looking forward to more.Published on December 28, 2007 by Dante Gideon