After several years and three printed collections, cartoonist Julia Wertz has announced that she’s finally retiring the Fart Party name for her comic strip. The name had been a constant source of bemusement for Wertz over the years — although it didn’t seem all that appropriate as the name of a comic strip about a 20-something young woman, it had the advantage of name recognition. But eventually it was time to move on, she explains.
Wertz has moved her comics over to juliawertz.com, where her strip will continue under the moniker Museum of Mistakes.
Semi-related: a profile of the seven ladies of the Brooklyn-based studio Pizza Island.
On the edge of industrial Greenpoint, in one tiny, sunlit room lined with computers and desks, sits a collection of some of the finest up-and-coming female graphic novelists, cartoonists and illustrators in New York City. They contribute to The New Yorker and Vice, The New York Times and The Believer alike. They publish zines, comic books and memoirs. They work quietly, with their heads down, but sometimes they share business tips or give each other input on their work. Also, they gossip. The name of the studio is Pizza Island.
Members include Wertz, Kate Beaton, Lisa Hanawalt, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, Karen Sneider, and Domitille Collardey. They’ll all be participating in a group reading at Brooklyn Fireproof on Marsh 19th.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.