Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian, and part-time urban explorer. 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,” “The Infinite Wait,” “Tenements, Towers, & Trash,” (for which she won the 2018 Brendan Gill Prize), and “Impossible People.” She does regular short story comics for The New Yorker. Her work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, the Best American Comics, and other publications. Her photography of abandoned places has appeared in a handful of newspapers. She is a repeated MacDowell fellow but was rejected from Yaddo. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, she spent a decade in New York City before settling in Sonoma County, California, with her partner Oliver (yup, the Oliver from “Fart Party”) and their son Felix. She’s currently working on the graphic novel “Bury Me Already (It’s Nice Down Here),” to be released in 2025.
This cartoon is part of Humor Week, a week at Yale Climate Connections where we’re learning how to cope with climate change and take action through humor.