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 - 4/15

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

Augie ponders comiXology's fate, mourns Teddy Ruxpin's creator, praises Liefeld's inks and continues to explore Todd McFarlane's "Amazing Spider-Man."

Pipeline - 4/08

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

Augie looks briefly at this week's controversial issue of "Invincible," before exploring more McFarlane Spidey and the powers of a radioactive jackrabbit?!?

Pipeline - 4/01

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

Augie falls in love with the Rat Queens, tracks Todd McFarlane's growth as an inker, and a whole lot more.

Pipeline - 3/25

Tue, March 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at a huge comic art auction in Paris, the use of overlap in art to create dimension, and "Amazing Spider-Man" #300.

Pipeline - 3/18

Tue, March 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The McSpidey Chronicles continue in Northern New Jersey as survivalists seek shelter and Todd McFarlane draws Paul Schaeffer. Really!

Pipeline - 3/11

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

Todd McFarlane's "Amazing Spider-Man" is the comic that brought Augie into comics. 25 years later, he's going back to review that run, issue by issue.

Pipeline - 3/04

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

When the Internet gets boring, count on Eric Stephenson! Augie reacts to the recent ComicsPRO speech and what a "real comic" is about.

Pipeline - 2/25

Tue, February 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie looks at the classic "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear" from Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., and Francois Schuiten's work returns to English!

Pipeline - 2/18

Tue, February 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Augie drew a page of sequential art and survived! Barely. He shares with you what he's learned in the process. Also: A backpack fairy!

Pipeline - 2/11

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

Augie praises "Black Science" as being one of the rare comics he can't find fault with. Why settle for any less?

Pipeline - 2/04

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

Augie reviews Frank Miller/Todd McFarlane "Spawn/Batman" - it's a lot of fighting. France has a winner and "The Fuse" is a promising new series!

Pipeline - 1/28

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

Augie reviews the multi-million selling "Asterix and the Picts" and looks over Dynamite's Deadpool-influenced "Bad Ass."

Pipeline - 1/21

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

Augie has a new theory he wants to test: Can he tell how visually appealing a book will be simply by looking at the colors of its thumbnails?

Pipeline - 1/14

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

While drawing Smurfs earlier this week, Augie learned some lessons about art from the works of Rob Liefeld.

Pipeline - 1/07

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

Head to Victorian England for a beautifully drawn book following two street urchins having amazing adventures. Plus, what's Dark Horse's next move?

Pipeline - 12/31

Tue, December 31st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Augie reviews a pair of Carl Barks' Donald Duck Christmas classics, and then reviews the year in Pipeline!

Pipeline - 12/24

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

Is too weird good enough? Which comics publisher is wildly, though quietly, successful? Which Ant-Man for the movies? And a few bits more!

Pipeline - 12/17

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

Miracleman gets recolored! BOOM! goes big! Conventional wisdom debunked! Four really good comics from 2013! And lots more!

Pipeline - 12/10

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

Though well shot and impressive for the creators cooperation, "Image Revolution " ultimately tries to cover too much in too short a time.

Pipeline - 12/03

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

As he rearranges his bookcase, Augie has thoughts on how it mirrors his tastes & affects his focus. When's the last time you switched things up?

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.

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

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