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The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, Julia Wertz, 2012

Courtesy Julia Wertz

Author and artist Julia Wertz’s graphic memoir about the impact of two major influences in her life—the autoimmune disease lupus and comics—is comprised of three short stories. The first story is a about Wertz’s professional life. The second story chronicles Wertz’s severe illness and lupus diagnosis. The third story is a love letter to the artist’s favorite childhood public library.

Wertz uses irreverent humor and a meandering narrative to describe her journey from a drunken post-adolescent fumbling through life and struggling with illness, to a functional adult who still relapses into bad behaviors from a past life every now and then.

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