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 - 11/11

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

Augie has good things to say about the lighting in "Big Hero 6," a possible new trend at Image Comics, and more McFarlane Spider-Man!

Pipeline - 11/04

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

Augie recaps "All-Star Batman and Robin" #2's issue-long car chase and chat, and reviews the "Maleficent" Blu-ray from a comic book reader's perspective.

Pipeline - 10/28

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

Augie begins to chronicle the ten issues of "All-Star Batman and Robin" this week. Plus, is it time to throw all those comics out?

Pipeline - 10/21

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

Post-NYCC, Augie realizes comic characters belong to us all, Blue Sky Studios gets the best movie "Art of" book yet, and a return to the McSpidey Chronicles!

Pipeline - 10/14

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

Augie went to an overcrowded NYCC and lived to tell the tale of comics bought and missed, cosplayers galore and Artist's Alley namedropping

Pipeline - 10/07

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

Augie plays the catch up game in October, and offers his takes on three Image titles: "Shutter," "Wayward" and "Imperial."

Pipeline - 9/30

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

Augie reviews a World War II-era Transformers/G.I. Joe team-up drawn by Jae Lee, and figures out where it went wrong.

Pipeline - 9/23

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

Augie bids adieu to the Bendis Board as the Internet evolves, and looks deep into the past for the latest McSpidey Chronicles.

Pipeline - 9/16

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

The McSpidey Chronicles hits "Amazing Spider-Man" #318, Augie's first comic. Plus, Carl Barks talked digital comics in 1999!

Pipeline - 9/09

Tue, September 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente give us the best book on how to produce comics, and a Duck comic turns out to be a disappointment. Plus, Spider-Man versus Venom!

Pipeline - 9/02

Tue, September 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie finds a Don Rosa Scrooge McDuck story he missed, and loves its emotional connections. Plus, learning to love Instagram, and a new McSpidey Chronicle!

Pipeline - 8/26

Tue, August 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie fires up his Wayback Machine to revisit the '80s "Rocket Raccon" miniseries and the underappreciated "Batgirl" mini from 2003.

Pipeline - 8/19

Tue, August 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie revisits his appearance on CNBC last week to talk about the business of comics, and shares the behind the scenes story.

Pipeline - 8/12

Tue, August 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie revisits the ASL issue of "Supergirl," dives into the lawsuit over the term "Comic-Con" and looks at more of Todd McFarlane's Spidey.

Pipeline - 8/05

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In the wake of SDCC, can we really declare winners and losers? And the McSpidey Chronicles catches up to The Lizard and shark-infested roadways.

Pipeline - 7/29

Tue, July 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

According to Augie, someone held at least two conventions last week other than Comic-Con International, and he's here to compare them.

Pipeline - 7/22

Tue, July 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie posits a theory about DC Comics' march towards television synergy. Plus, The McSpidey Chronicles hits the best McFarlane artwork yet!

Pipeline - 7/15

Tue, July 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis' comics writing book comes out next week, and Augie has an early review. Plus, what does this year's SDCC schedule hint at for the future?

Pipeline - 7/08

Tue, July 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie unearths some ancient Pipeline artifacts, and then shares pics from a recent visit at the CBR offices. Also, the McSpidey Chronicles return!

Pipeline - 7/01

Tue, July 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The McSpidey Chronicles get sidetracked this week as Augie shows off his side project interpreting Todd McFarlane's art, but with Smurfs.

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.

Savage Dragon #176

Wed, November 30th, 2011 | Category: Review

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

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