Cartoonist Julia Wertz Illustrates Her Struggle with Alcoholism in These Darkly Humorous Comics
There’s an old (and mostly true) saying that comedians are depressed. They use laughter to deal with their problems, problems that don’t always go away the second the stage lights are off. Cartoonist Julia Wertz considered herself such a person during a tumultuous period that spanned from 2009-2011 where she battled with alcoholism. “I found myself living the classic double life of appearing well in public but going to hell in private,” she wrote in her essay for Narrative.ly.
During this period, Wertz documented her struggle in a 230-paged graphic novel she didn’t show anyone, until now. In her essay, she includes several pages from her unseen comic that gives an honest and darkly humorous depiction of her struggle with alcoholism, depression, and her short bout in rehab. Wertz, who is also an urban explorer, is in a much happier place now that she’s sober, and she now cautions others that comedy doesn’t need misery. “If being a good comedy writer means I have to be depressed, then fuck it, I quit.”
Read the full comic/essay on Narrative.ly.