Jason Lutes is a dogged comics storyteller. His previous graphic novel Jar of Fools was serialized for years in Seattle's Stranger newspaper before being collected in book form. Now comes the 600-page magnum opus Berlin, a sprawling tale of urban struggle in Germany during the Weimar Republic, written and drawn over a 20-year period.
Jason joined S.W. Conser during the Portland Book Festival to discuss the advantages and unique challenges of telling stories that combine text, art, and design; as well as the disturbing parallels between the politics of the 1920's and today.