Augie De Blieck Jr.

Columnist
Wayne, NJ
North Haledon, NJ
Mar 3, 1976

I started reading comics at the ripe old age of 13, well after most of my peers got hooked by that "G.I. Joe" commercial. But I haven't stopped reading since. I gave up counting how many comics sit in longboxes throughout the house years ago. Someday soon, I hope to count my comics by the megabyte.

My entrée into the world of writing about comics was in the letters columns of the 1990s, most prominently in "Savage Dragon" and DC's "Star Trek" series. I entered the on-line world -- well, back in 1986 on Q-Link, but I wasn't reading or talking about comics yet at that point, so nevermind. I started up on USENET and CompuServe in the mid-1990s, and eventually tried writing my own review column (creatively titled "Augie's Reviews"), which eventually became Pipeline in 1998. Pipeline has run every week since, without a break, and even ran twice a week for a couple of years, and alongside the first comic book podcast for nearly six years. I was the original editor of CBR's "The Commentary Track" feature, and now edit the CBR Reviews section.

I'm a computer programmer by trade, and a photographic enthusiast in addition to my sequential narrative habit. My wife enjoys Tom Beland's "True Story, Swear to God," while my daughter enjoys the works of Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, and a tattered copy of "Little Lulu."

FIRST COMIC: "Amazing Spider-Man" #318

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Savage Dragon, Ultimate Spider-Man, Oracle, Jubilee, Asterix, Largo Winch

Articles By Augie De Blieck Jr.

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Pipeline - 3/04

Tue, March 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

When the Internet gets boring, count on Eric Stephenson! Augie reacts to the recent ComicsPRO speech and what a "real comic" is about.

Pipeline - 2/25

Tue, February 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at the classic "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear" from Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., and Francois Schuiten's work returns to English!

Pipeline - 2/18

Tue, February 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie drew a page of sequential art and survived! Barely. He shares with you what he's learned in the process. Also: A backpack fairy!

Pipeline - 2/11

Tue, February 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie praises "Black Science" as being one of the rare comics he can't find fault with. Why settle for any less?

Pipeline - 2/04

Tue, February 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie reviews Frank Miller/Todd McFarlane "Spawn/Batman" - it's a lot of fighting. France has a winner and "The Fuse" is a promising new series!

Pipeline - 1/28

Tue, January 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie reviews the multi-million selling "Asterix and the Picts" and looks over Dynamite's Deadpool-influenced "Bad Ass."

Pipeline - 1/21

Tue, January 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie has a new theory he wants to test: Can he tell how visually appealing a book will be simply by looking at the colors of its thumbnails?

Pipeline - 1/14

Tue, January 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

While drawing Smurfs earlier this week, Augie learned some lessons about art from the works of Rob Liefeld.

Pipeline - 1/07

Tue, January 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Head to Victorian England for a beautifully drawn book following two street urchins having amazing adventures. Plus, what's Dark Horse's next move?

Pipeline - 12/31

Tue, December 31st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie reviews a pair of Carl Barks' Donald Duck Christmas classics, and then reviews the year in Pipeline!

Pipeline - 12/24

Tue, December 24th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Is too weird good enough? Which comics publisher is wildly, though quietly, successful? Which Ant-Man for the movies? And a few bits more!

Pipeline - 12/17

Tue, December 17th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Miracleman gets recolored! BOOM! goes big! Conventional wisdom debunked! Four really good comics from 2013! And lots more!

Pipeline - 12/10

Tue, December 10th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Though well shot and impressive for the creators cooperation, "Image Revolution " ultimately tries to cover too much in too short a time.

Pipeline - 12/03

Tue, December 3rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

As he rearranges his bookcase, Augie has thoughts on how it mirrors his tastes & affects his focus. When's the last time you switched things up?

Pipeline - 11/26

Tue, November 26th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie shares some of his experiments with inking, explaining why he's doing it and how it relates to his reviews.

Pipeline - 11/19

Tue, November 19th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie explains Cliff Rathburn's contributions to "The Walking Dead," an early look at the new Smurfs Anthology and fun with IDW's Artist's Editions.

REVIEW: The "Big Action" Of Kirkman & Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #116

Thu, November 14th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

"All-Out War" continues in Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #116, featuring a smart script, great art and big action.

Pipeline - 11/12

Tue, November 12th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie goes searching for a "Smurfs" video and comes back with amazing French cartoon improv from the 70s.

Pipeline - 11/05

Tue, November 5th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

A photo parade from a very different type of crowd, how the French market books and the bittersweet story of a young girl and her best friend, the germ

Pipeline - 10/29

Tue, October 29th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at a pair of books aimed at younger audiences: Chip Kidd's guide to graphic design, and Papercutz' "Dance Class" gag-a-page graphic novel.

The Manhattan Projects #9

Thu, February 14th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Manhattan Projects" finishes its storyline as the main character methodically tear into their opposition. Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Wernher Von Braun, and friends find creative ways to take care of the bad guys while setting themsel

Epic Kill #8

Wed, February 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

Normally just a pretty action comic, Raffaele Ienco's "Epic Kill" turns things up a notch this month at Image Comics, leading to the most gloriously ludicrous action scene in recent memory.

Glory #32

Wed, January 30th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Glory" takes a breather for an issue, with the characters mentally preparing themselves for war with a slew of guest artists to show us the way. It's a quiet issue, but one loaded with great characterization and some nice fill-in art.

Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #3

Wed, January 23rd, 2013 | Category: Review

Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner's "Witch Doctor: Mal Practice" reaches its halfway point with an issue that zips by, offering a nice mix of character elements and larger plot ramifications.

Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1

Wed, January 16th, 2013 | Category: Review

Ken Kristensen and M.K. Perker bring readers "Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth", a new four-issue humor series set in an ugly world with lots of belligerent characters who do and say bad things to one another. If you can stomach all that,

Chew #30

Wed, November 28th, 2012 | Category: Review

"Chew" hits its halfway point, with John Layman and Rob Guillory teaming up once again to put the readers through a funny sort of hell, as Toni Chu prepares for her wedding day.

Epic Kill #6

Wed, November 7th, 2012 | Category: Review

Raffaele Ienco's tale of the ultimate fighting machine returns to Image, as "Epic Kill" attempts to do the impossible: Bring its lead character back to life. It doesn't happen here, but it's a lot of fun in the process.

Debris #4

Fri, October 26th, 2012 | Category: Review

Another mini-series at Image Comics concludes, as Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo's tale of a "punk junk" warrior maiden trying to save her people comes to a dramatic final battle and an unlikely end. It's a great end for a beautiful

Guarding the Globe #1

Thu, September 6th, 2012 | Category: Review

"Guarding the Globe" has a lot of good elements in it, but the first issue doesn't give a strong hook. For fans of "Invincible," though, there's a strong potential worth reading here.

The Walking Dead #100

Wed, July 11th, 2012 | Category: Review

"The Walking Dead" celebrates its centennial with a bonus-sized issue that changes the book's direction again while keeping fans on their toes. It's a tough one.

The Walking Dead #99

Wed, June 20th, 2012 | Category: Review

It's a fine issue for the series, overall, but on its own, "The Walking Dead" #99 reads like the set-up issue.

The Walking Dead #98

Thu, May 31st, 2012 | Category: Review

The danger comes to Rick and the gang, as one ally falls and tensions rise in "The Walking Dead" #98.

The Walking Dead #95

Wed, March 28th, 2012 | Category: Review

Rick and his small band of survivors encounter a new zombie-free community where things aren't quite what they seem.

Thief of Thieves #2

Wed, March 14th, 2012 | Category: Review

Despite a lot of talking heads and some decompressed storytelling, this second issue carries the story forward admirably with a great action sequence smack in the middle of things.

Thief of Thieves #1

Wed, February 8th, 2012 | Category: Review

It's a new heist series, with snappy dialogue, a clever opening heist, and just enough cliffhanger to make you wonder what will happen next. And Shawn Martinbrough's art make widescreen storytelling come alive again.

Savage Dragon #177

Wed, December 21st, 2011 | Category: Review

Dragon's kids fight a Hulked-Out Osama Bin Laden, while the subplots keep rolling.

The Walking Dead #92

Thu, December 15th, 2011 | Category: Review

A cloaked figure fights it out with Michonne and Abraham. And his revelation could set up the next new status quo for the series.

Near Death #3

Wed, November 30th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Near Death” gets closer to fulfilling the promise of the series, but trips up on an ending that feels too simple.

Savage Dragon #176

Wed, November 30th, 2011 | Category: Review

A nice done-in-one issue that would be a good introduction to new readers.

The Walking Dead #91

Sun, November 20th, 2011 | Category: Review

Things settle down again, as a shortage of canned food causes worries, Carl misses his eye, Andrea talks to her hat, and somebody is watching. . .

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