COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 031

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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 031
A critical evaluation of The Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz.
DATE: 04-10-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman


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Yep, this is what it's all about folks. Want to know why mainstream comics like DC and Marvel will never be up to snuff? Because they would never let a comic like The Infinite Wait and Other Stories happen.

The Infinite Wait and Other Stories is an autobiographical memoir of sorts by Julia Wertz chronicling her laboring under delusions, her discovery of indie comics, her struggle with alcoholism and being diagnosed with Lupus. Drawn in a very simplistic style (think Matt Groening or Liz Prince), Werts knows how to make her art look neat and polished and make every line count. We are instantly immersed into her world. Big ups on that front.

As far as the story is concerned, what sets the good memoirs apart from the bad is the author's ability to focus on the important or interesting aspects of their history and ingraining it into the context of their daily minutia. Wertz does this expertly, not just because it's clear she has an actual story to tell but because she uses great, hilarious, and relentless dialogue. Sharp and witty, it raises eyebrows and makes one roll on the floor laughing. It's clear reading The Infinite Wait that Wertz both accepts the tragedy in her life and fights back with humor. You simply can't put it down at times and go into withdrawal when it's over.

Can you imagine this from the arena of mainstream comics? No capes and no splash pages? No thanks.

Another home run for Koyama Press!

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Artist:

www.juliawertz.com/
www.facebook.com/Julia.J.Wertz
www.twitter.com/Julia_Wertz

Novel:

The Infinite Wait and Other Stories
is available now. Buy it here on Amazon .

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