Jason Lutes

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Jason Lutes
Born (1967-12-07) December 7, 1967 (age 49)
New Jersey
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer
Notable works
Jar of Fools
Awards Xeric Award, 1993

Jason Lutes (born December 7, 1967)[1] is an American comics creator. His work is mainly historical fiction, but he also works in traditional fiction. His work includes the Berlin series and Jar of Fools, as well as The Fall (with Ed Brubaker), and many short pieces for anthologies and compilations.

Lutes was born in New Jersey, but his family soon relocated to Missoula, Montana. In his early years, Lutes liked superhero comics, but a trip to France exposed him to European comics like The Adventures of Tintin and Asterix, which he says greatly affected his style of drawing.[2]

Lutes went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991. He moved to Seattle after graduation, where he found work for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics, and eventually became art director of the alternative weekly The Stranger.[3]

During this period, Lutes began writing and self-publishing his own comic work with Penny Dreadful Press. In 1993 Lutes began serializing a strip for The Stranger, which was collected in 1996 in the critically acclaimed graphic novel Jar of Fools. After two years of research, Lutes embarked on the ambitious comic book series Berlin, an ongoing 24-chapter story set in the twilight years of Germany's Weimar Republic. When Berlin's original publisher Black Eye Productions closed in 1998, Drawn & Quarterly took over the series.

Lutes subsequently moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in October 2002;[4][5] this move forms the subject of his autobiographical Rules to Live By, collected in AutobioGraphix by Dark Horse Comics.[6]

In 2007, Hyperion published the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King, written by Lutes and illustrated by Nick Bertozzi.

Lutes has two children,[7] Clementine (born 2006) and Max, with his partner Becka Warren.[8]

Starting in the spring of 2008, he became part of the faculty of the Center for Cartoon Studies; he is now an adjunct professor there.[7]

Other work[edit]

Lutes also contributed unit portraits for the open-source video game Battle for Wesnoth, and illustrations for the New York Times article How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? by Paul Krugman.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Jason Lutes" at Comic Creator
  2. ^ Jason Lutes profile at Read Yourself RAW
  3. ^ Jason Lutes biography at his publisher, Drawn & Quarterly
  4. ^ Hulk vs. the Universe, by Jason Lutes
  5. ^ Lutes at Forefront of Graphic Literature, Asheville, NC Citizen-Times, Feb. 21 2003
  6. ^ AutobioGraphix, 2003, ISBN 978-1-59307-038-0
  7. ^ a b Morrow, Julina. "15 Questions," Sequential Highway (Nov. 8, 2012).
  8. ^ Lutes, Jason. "Spring in Vermont," Official blog (Apr. 22, 2008).
  9. ^ Arise!, October 16, 2009 by Jason Lutes
  10. ^ How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? by Paul Krugman, New York Times, September 2, 2009

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