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 - 9/29

Tue, September 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The highly anticipated "Paper Girls" #1 from Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang is out next week, and Augie has a spoiler-free review.

Pipeline - 9/22

Tue, September 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at the upcoming iPad Pro, whether it's a Cintiq killer and what it will take to get there, plus more fun from comics past and present!

Pipeline - 9/15

Tue, September 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie digs through his longboxes and shares some of the funniest and most thought provoking panels he can find.

Pipeline - 9/08

Tue, September 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie explains why one issue in particular might just be the Uncanniest X-Men-iest Marvel Comic of the '90s.

Pipeline - 9/01

Tue, September 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie changes his tune on Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo's teenage mutant saga, and did Joe Casey's "Wildcats v3" predict modern day technology?

Pipeline - 8/25

Tue, August 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at the artwork of Dustin Nguyen, analyzing the evolution from his "Wildcats 3.0" run to his current "Descender" work.

Pipeline - 8/18

Tue, August 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at the old school funnybook yarn Larsen & Matsuda delivered to Marvel 16 years ago, in a story that's as fun today as it was then.

Pipeline - 8/11

Tue, August 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks back on Marvel's "Rogue" miniseries by Howard Mackie, Mike Wieringo, and Terry Austin, and shares some mail from Extreme Studios.

Pipeline - 8/04

Tue, August 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"RunLoveKill" shows how to tell a story with colors and controlled chaos, and Augie finds parallels between Douglas Adams' career and the world of comics.

Pipeline - 7/28

Tue, July 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Superman vs Batman. Versus Zombie Vampires? John Byrne and Art Adams did that in 1987! Plus, Augie's review of "Ant-Man"!

Pipeline - 7/21

Tue, July 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

This week, a novel use of cartooning at music concerts, more French comics thoughts, another purge and some podcast recommendations

Pipeline - 7/14

Tue, July 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie has the annual SDCC Post-Mortem, then launches into a review of Manga Studio 5, the best tool you can have for drawing comics digitally.

Pipeline - 7/07

Tue, July 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Finally, French comics are being translated for digital distribution. This raises some questions for Augie.

Pipeline - 6/30

Tue, June 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

With SDCC around the corner, Augie takes a trip down memory lane with pics from San Diego 15 years ago.

Pipeline - 6/23

Tue, June 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ever feel like there are comics classics you haven't read yet? Like other fans judge you for not having read something? Augie understands.

Pipeline - 6/16

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie bids farewell to Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn's "Alex + Ada," considers Marvel's new coloring books and revisits Alan Moore's "Mr. Majestic" story.

Pipeline - 6/09

Tue, June 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie revisits then up-and-coming artist S. Clarke Hawbaker's brief, bright run on "Nomad," Marvel's superhero answer to "Lone Wolf and Cub."

Pipeline - 6/02

Tue, June 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Remember that time Travis Charest drew "Wildcats?" Augie re-acquainted himself with those issues and reports back on how they hold up.

REVIEW: Kirkman & Ottley's "Invincible" #120 Delivers Many Satisfying Moments

Thu, May 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Invincible" #120 features "Ryan Ottley's bloodiest drawn fights next to some of Robert Kirkman's most touching, feel-good family moments."

Pipeline - 5/26

Tue, May 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

With a creative roster of Joe Casey, Brian Holguin and Ed McGuinness, the late-nineties Wildstorm series couldn't help but be good!

The Manhattan Projects #10

Wed, March 13th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Manhattan Projects" #10 kicks off a new storyline inside the mind of Joseph Oppenheimer. Jonathan Hickman and guest artist Ryan Browne present another new world filled with craziness and bloodlust in the process.

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.

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