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 - 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!

Pipeline - 5/19

Tue, May 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Mister Majestic" came out 15 years ago and didn't make it past issue #9, but it's still a great read. Augie explains why in this first of two parts.

Pipeline - 5/12

Tue, May 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie unearths his 20 year old fan art, then shares a look in his current sketchbook. Plus, remember when Heath Ledger was in line to play Spider-Man?

Pipeline - 5/05

Tue, May 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Augie liked "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," and continues to enjoy "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD." Plus, more of Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man pencil work!

Pipeline - 4/28

Tue, April 28th, 2015 | Category:

Augie finishes up his epic re-read of "All Star Batman," and looks at what might have been.

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!

Invincible #120

Thu, May 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley wrap up the gigantic Battle Beast/Thragg battle before settling down with Mark and Atom on their new homeworld.

The Walking Dead #138

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "The Walking Dead" #138, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard introduce Alpha, leader of the Whisperers. She just wants her daughter back -- but what if her daughter doesn't want to go back?

The Walking Dead #126

Wed, April 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

The war ends with a surprising voice and an optimistic plan for the future. It's not quite what you expected. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard point their ship in an interesting new direction in "The Walking Dead" #126.

The Walking Dead #116

Wed, November 13th, 2013 | Category: Review

With part two of "All Out War," the story lives up to its title, as Rick's alliance takes the fight to Negan and chaos ensues.

Drumhellar #1

Fri, November 8th, 2013 | Category: Review

Riley Rossmo's latest series at Image Comics is nearly indescribable, because it's not entirely clear what's going on. There's a guy, some weird things and an ex-girlfriend.

Ghosted #5

Wed, November 6th, 2013 | Category: Review

The haunted house of "Ghosted" comes alive and fights back, leaving the team scrambling and fighting between themselves. The zfirst storyline from Joshua Williamson and ends here.

Red Team #5

Thu, September 26th, 2013 | Category: Review

A complication at the precinct house leads the Red Team to watch their backs very closely. When their next mission is interrupted by a destructive third party, Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak's Red Team is forced to ask some tough questions.

Mark Waid's Green Hornet #4

Thu, July 25th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Mark Waid's Green Hornet" suddenly finds himself a lonely man making bad decisions. Is Dynamite's favorite green masked man getting too full of himself?

Clone #9

Wed, July 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

"Clone" goes into full-scale movie thriller mode with a ticking time bomb, death, chills, and thrills. Image Comics' overlooked gem features Juan Jose Ryp's insanely detailed art depicting crazy genetic mayhem.

Red Team #4

Wed, July 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak's "Red Team" #4 focuses on Trudy, as an unfortunate run-in at a skeevy bar lands her in a sticky situation with only her secret team to help.

Scatterlands #1

Fri, July 5th, 2013 | Category: Review

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard explore the depths of a living city and one woman's escape from it. It's a webcomic that benefits from a collected edition in keeping the story fresh in your mind, but it's Howard's art that's the bre

Invincible Universe #3

Mon, June 10th, 2013 | Category: Review

In a single-issue story, Phil Hester and Todd Nauck focus on El Chupacabra. He's off to Serbia to apologize to a family whose son died defending him -- and then things go wrong.

The Activity #13

Mon, May 27th, 2013 | Category: Review

"The Activity" #13 is a good introductory issue from Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards, with two complete short stories that stand well on their own, plus a solid tease for what is coming up next.

Sex #3

Thu, May 23rd, 2013 | Category: Review

"Sex" finds it groove with this issue, as Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's tale of superhero libido settles into its plot.

Epic Kill #10

Thu, May 2nd, 2013 | Category: Review

Raffaele Ienco's "Epic Kill" comes to its natural conclusion in a way that answers all questions, including some readers didn't know they had. Whether you're happy with the answers, though, is the big question.

Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #6

Wed, April 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

The frantic oddball adventures of horror's greatest doctor wraps up another mini-series, as Doctor Vincent Morrow fights an eclectic cast from Brandon Seifert, Lukas Ketner, and Image Comics. While there's a lot to keep track of, it's never

Invincible #102

Wed, April 24th, 2013 | Category: Review

Image Comics' "Invincible" #102 changes another status quo in the series, and that's the life and leadership of the Viltrumites on Earth. A solid issue for long-time readers looking to close up a couple of teased plots from Robert Kirk

Invincible #101

Wed, March 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley return from their month off with the repercussions of the 100th issue of "Invincible," as the characters deal with the consequences of their previous actions.

Comeback #5

Wed, March 20th, 2013 | Category: Review

Image Comics' time travelling FBI action drama from Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh finishes strongly this month, paying off on everything the main character has learned in the four previous issues while maintaining a few surprises.

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.

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