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Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Foolsfor Seattle s The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

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"With its rich sense of time and place, nuanced portrayal of individual destinies, precisely rendered imagery, and poetic expression of themes, Jason Lutes's Berlin is truly a masterful narrative."--Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow"A watershed achievement--Berlin charted new territory for the graphic novel and comics at the same time, at once a story about artists trying to make art during the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and a bildungsroman of the first order. This landmark collection returns this story to us now when we need examples of how to stay human to each other in the face of a politics that turns friends into enemies--a newly necessary book."--Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night"Lutes covers the cabaret scene, the struggles of the press and riots as the Nazis rise, and lives that seemed full of possibility are twisted by the grasping arms of the state... A modern classic."--The Guardian Best Books of 2018"Berlin reads like not just a masterwork but also a life's work."--The Washington Post, 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2018

""Recommend" isn't a strong enough verb for conveying how badly you need to read Berlin... The stories that play out between those two bookends sway from the romantic to the apocalyptic and back again, and the intricate linework and oft-mind-blowing layouts are incomparable. For a reader who's white-knuckling it through our present period of social collapse, Berlin is a beacon of both warning and hope."--Vulture"One of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created, a real masterpiece of both story and art."--Forbes

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