Vermont cartoonist Jason Lutes recently released his new book: Berlin, a massive compilation of his long-running cartoon.
Here’s what it’s about:
Twenty years in the making, this sweeping masterpiece charts Berlin through the rise of Nazism
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be co-released at the time of this omnibus, Berlinhas over 100,000 in print. Berlin will be one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its researched historical detail; compassionate in its character studies; and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism.
Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens—Marthe Müller: a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War One; Kurt Severing: an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns: a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart.
The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes’ masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world’s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.
Lutes has a busy tour ahead of him to support the book, and he’ll be stopping in Maryland,Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Quebec, Texas, Washington, and Vermont. Here’s where you can find him here:
- The Center for Cartoon Studies
Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 5:00pm
- Phoenix Books Rutland
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 6:30pm
- Vermont Book Shop
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 6:00pm
- Phoenix Books Essex & Burlington
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 7:00pm