Critically acclaimed author and cartoonist Julia Wertz created a wonderful 228 page book titled The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, which holds 3 short Museum of Mistakes (formely known as “The Fart Party“) comic stories that each tell tales from Julia’s personal life between the years of 1984 – 2012. The Infinite Wait, published by Koyama Press features cover designs by Matthew Forsythe, was launched at the 2012 Small Press Expo in Maryland. The book is available to purchase at Julia Wertz website and Secret Acres. We have previously written about Julia and her other great works.
The Infinite Wait is not a sustained narrative, but rather a collection of three short stories or graphic novellas. The stories in this collection contain Wertz’s signature acerbic wit, ribald humour and keen eye for the everyday, but they also find the cartoonist delving into the personal. “Industry” catalogues 25 years of alternately terrible and terrific jobs, from selling golf balls, feeding and failing to feed animals, waitressing, and finally to cartooning and the publication of her first book. “A Strange and Curious Place” is a love letter to Wertz’s hometown library; its mysteries and revelations, and its ability foster growth, rebellion and even artistic affirmation. The most sustained narrative in the collection, the eponymous “The Infinite Wait,” chronicles Wertz’s move from her small hometown to San Francisco, her diagnosis with an incurable, autoimmune disease and her subsequent discovery of comics and comic making.