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 - 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.

Pipeline - 10/22

Tue, October 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie concludes his New York Comic Con adventures with a look at the translated books he picked up, people he spoke with and the second half of his photos.

Pipeline - 10/15

Tue, October 15th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie went to NYCC this weekend and brought back a photo parade. Find out why he decided to stop fighting and learn to love the cosplay.

Pipeline - 10/08

Tue, October 8th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

New York Comic Con brings crazier-then-ever marketing! Photorealism versus abstraction! French comics sell millions of copies! Face front, True Believers - it's Pipeline time!

Pipeline - 10/01

Tue, October 1st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie weighs the chances for success of the new She-Hulk title and dives back into the behind the scenes contentiousness on the original "X-Force" all as he plans for New York Comic Con,

Pipeline - 9/24

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

Augie travels back in time to the end of Rob Liefeld's "New Mutants" run and embraces the fantasy of superhero comics over modern realism. Plus, some recent interesting lettering samples.

Pipeline - 9/17

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

As "Previews" hits #300, Augie looks back at an old copy of the catalog from 1994 and finds some fun stuff:, including Miracleman, Cerebus, fun Image ads and an Archie cover sketch.

Pipeline - 9/10

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

A photography-obsessed Augie sees a camera in "Danger Girl" and take a deep dive into its level of authenticity. Plus: Harley Quinn, Godwin's Law, new fonts and more!

Pipeline - 9/03

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

Struck by a page of Jim Steranko's art from "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Augie breaks down the legendary artist's storytelling to see what he can learn.

Pipeline - 8/27

Tue, August 27th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at a pair of Humanoids offerings this week: The romantic dramedy "Bluesy Lucy" and the noir dark comedy, "Bad Breaks." Plus, updates on "The Smurfs" and Steve Uy's "Feather."

Pipeline - 8/20

Tue, August 20th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Is bigger better? Augie takes a close look at "The Smurfs Anthology" from Papercutz, and evaluates digest-format experiments from Image's "Savage Dragon" and Marvel's "Spellbinders."

Pipeline - 8/13

Tue, August 13th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Wieringo passed away six years ago this week, and Augie remembers the artist's beloved stint on "Fantastic Four," specifically the widescreen scope of the three-issue "Fourtitude" arc.

Pipeline - 8/06

Tue, August 6th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie takes a look at the classic Chris Claremont/Frank Miller 'Wolverine' mini-series and realizes something about Miller's art. Also, coloring, storytelling, and planning for NYCC (already?!?)

Pipeline - 7/30

Tue, July 30th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie goes back a decade to Marvel's experiment with "Eden's Trail," a sideways comic from Steve Uy and Chuck Austen presented in the Marvelscope format. Plus, Uy's stronger follow-up series, "Feather."

Pipeline - 7/23

Tue, July 23rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks back at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego from his vantage point in New Jersey to see how Hall H is changing, how the con might expand and if there were any winners to be had.

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. . .

The Walking Dead #88

Wed, August 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

Carl is up and talking, but is Rick prepared to handle it? Things start to break apart in the shadows as Rick and crew rebuild their neighborhood.

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