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 - 4/21

Tue, April 21st, 2015 | Category:

Augie unearths copies of some of Todd McFarlane's original "Amazing Spider-Man" pencils, revisits the week in movie trailers and more!

Pipeline - 4/14

Tue, April 14th, 2015 | Category:

"RunLoveKill" #1 features one of the best bits of music in comics Augie's seen. Plus, Netflix's" "Daredevil" and a comics format waiting for a break-out hit!

Pipeline - 4/07

Tue, April 7th, 2015 | Category:

Augie finds out that they sell digital comics in France, too, and gets more than a little bit excited about expanding his linguistic parameters.

Pipeline - 3/31

Tue, March 31st, 2015 | Category:

At last, we've come to the best issue of Frank Miller and Jim Lee's "All Star Batman and Robin," served with a tall glass of yellow lemonade!

Pipeline - 3/24

Tue, March 24th, 2015 | Category:

Augie catches up with Christie's recent auction of Franco-Belgian comic art, then explains why he turned to French comics when learning to draw hands.

Pipeline - 3/17

Tue, March 17th, 2015 | Category:

DC Comics may have pulled the controversial "Batgirl" cover, but Augie believes the way in which it happened leaves something to be desired.

REVIEW: Kirkman & Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #138 is "Tense"

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's "The Walking Dead" #138 is "rife with possibilities."

Pipeline - 3/10

Tue, March 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie compares Valiant's movie deal to Marvel and CrossGen's, finds a "Lone Wolf and Cub" magic trick video, and goes deep into the Joker issue of "All Star Batman."

Pipeline - 3/03

Tue, March 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Duck Tales" is returning, but instead of celebrating, Augie explains why he's sensing d-d-d-danger for the reboot.

Pipeline - 2/24

Tue, February 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Another upcoming animated film, "Home," gets an art book, and Augie gives it a read before he reviews the replacement for his beloved Wacom tablet.

Pipeline - 2/17

Tue, February 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The "Big Hero 6" Blu-ray presents the movie well, though the total package is lacking. Plus, "All Star Batman and Robin" brings Black Canary and Batman together!

Pipeline - 2/10

Tue, February 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie shares his thoughts on DC's upcoming relaunch as well as the big Spider-Man movie news. Also, the epic reread of "All Star Batman and Robin" returns!

Pipeline - 2/03

Tue, February 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie makes some suggestions for "Secret Wars," looks at the many formats he's read the same book in, and shares his own Marvel rejection letter.

Pipeline - 1/27

Tue, January 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Disney drives Augie crazy, as the Big Hero 6 art book and the Don Rosa Library are great books scarred with one nit-pick each, sparking an epic tirade.

Pipeline - 1/20

Tue, January 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie's new favorite art book comes from Pascal Campion. Also, his proposal for an All-New Avengers team, and thoughts on recent convention mergers.

Pipeline - 1/13

Tue, January 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

This week, Augie reaches the last issue of Todd McFarlane's "Amazing Spdier-Man" run. Will things end with a bang... or a whimper?

Pipeline - 1/06

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie purges a thousand comics, realizing his massive disorganization, while listening to good comics podcasts. Plus, the McSpidey Chronicles' Penultimate Chapter!

Pipeline - 12/30

Tue, December 30th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie reviews the year that was in 2014, and how Pipeline changed over the course of it.

Pipeline - 12/23

Tue, December 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie lists the best nine comic series he read in 2014. Plus, the McSpidey Chronicles returns, featuring guest artist Erik Larsen!

Pipeline - 12/16

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Is "Star Wars" #1 a return of the speculator boom? Tumblr is great for comics. And the best McSpidey issue to date!

Glory #33

Wed, March 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

The battle is on in "Glory" #33, as Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell present the battle of the ages that Glory is here to save Earth from. The entire Extreme Universe is present and it's a bloody mess.

Comeback #4

Wed, February 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Comeback" #4 from Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh brings the time traveling Reconnect agents to the end of their rope, as events in the past and present collide, and the FBI plays its hand. It's time travelling drama without the headaches.

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.

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