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 - 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!

Pipeline - 12/09

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

We don't know why comics go wrong, but one issue of Wildstorm's "Global Frequency" didn't quite work. Plus, the return of The McSpidey Chronicles!

Pipeline - 12/02

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

Augie looks at "Chew" as it hits #45, finally catches up on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" season one and "All-Star Batman and Robin's" Wonder Woman debut.

Pipeline - 11/25

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

Augie looks at Warren Ellis' "Global Frequency" as a new TV series is announced. Plus, the next episode in the epic "All Star Batman" re-read.

Pipeline - 11/18

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

Augie learns new coloring techniques in "Art of the Penguins of Madagascar," plus, the "All Star Batman and Robin" re-read gets to Black Canary's debut.

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.

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.

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.

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