Jason Lutes with Megan Kelso
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has 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 released at the same time as the series omnibus, Berlin (Drawn & Quarterly), this work is rich with well-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 I, 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. Jason Lutes teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.
Jason Lutes appears in conversation with fellow comic artist Megan Kelso. Co-presented with SHORT RUN.