Julia Wertz


Julia is the 2019 recipient of the Inkpot Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist working in sequential narrative: comics, graphic novels, animation, et.al.

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Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian and part time urban explorer/photographer. She made the comic books The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2 (collected in Museum of Mistakes) and the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, both of which were nominated for Eisner Awards. Her latest book, Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City, was published by Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette in Oct 2017, for which she won the 2018 Brendan Gill Prize. She currently does monthly comics and illustration for the New Yorker. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's Magazine, the Believer, the Best American Comics, and Medium. Her photography of abandoned places has appeared in The New York Post, the Daily Mail and some local rags. She is a repeated MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent a decade in New York City, in this studio. As of 2017, she lives in Northern California where she's working on a graphic novel to be published by Hachette in 2020.