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Jar of Fools

Jason Lutes

(Rev. ed.,152 p, B/W, 6x9")

Ernie is an alcoholic stage magician haunted by lost love and his brother's suicide, and he's hooked up with his senile mentor in one last effort to sort his life out. But Ernie needs to keep Flosso the Magnificent with him in the present and by his side to guide Ernie through these difficult days. These two magicians have run out of escape tricks but they can't stop running.
Esther is still numb with grief for Ernie's brother. She works at a coffee shop and has allowed her heart to simply atrophy while a torrent of rage builds slowly inside her. Nathan Lender is a small time grifter living on his wits and in a car with his twelve-year-old daughter, Claire. He's running out of time to fix the past and make things right for his daughter. One morning Nathan Lender makes the mistake of trying to con Esther at the coffee counter. Circumstance will bring a desperate group of people together, all at the end of their rope. An unlikely kind of love grows from these broken people who discover the act of self-sacrifice can perform miracles.

"A lovely, short 'picture novel' exploring the tenacious bond between an alcoholic stage magician and his cranky mentor."
-New York Times Book Review

"Jar of Fools is full of people trying to stop things they care about from melting away, like estranged lovers and old-fashioned jobs... all the main characters- the magician, a coffee-shop cashier, a small time con-man-- are in danger of ending up beaten down and swallowed up by the silences of life which Lutes' well-paced art evokes so effectively" -Details

"The story itself is so masterfully told that it could stand alone as a novella in Harper's. When combined with Lutes' spare black-and-white line drawings and creative use of the comic book medium, it becomes something transcendent-- a piece of literature that speaks to the emotional core." -Wired

"Employing the lost skills of mood, sparseness, and language, Lutes' stunning comic Jar of Fools transcends the usually mealy-mouthed limits of graphic novels and, in the process, winds up being a damn good read."-Spin Magazine

"Reading Jar of Fools is like getting a slow motion punch in the face. There's plenty of time to get out of the way, but something compels you to wait and find out of it's actually going to hurt as much when it hits. And, of course, it does." -Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan


ISBN: 9781896597720

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Berlin, Book Two: City of Smoke

Jason Lutes

The second volume of Jason Lutes's historical epic finds the people of Weimar Berlin searching for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Tension builds along with the dividing wall between communists and nationalists, Jews and gentiles, as the dawn of the Second World War draws closer. Meanwhile, the nightlife of Berlin heats up as many attempt to distract themselves from the political upheavals within the city. The American Jazz band Cocoa Kids arrives and quickly becomes a fixture. The lives of the characters within Lutes's epic weave together to create a seamless portrait of this transitory city. Marthe Muller follows lover Kurt Severing as he interviews participants in the May Day demonstration, but moonlights in the city�s lesbian nightlife. Severing acts as a window through which the political shifts within the city and its participants can be seen. As with Berlin Book One: City of Stones, Lutes creates a sense of anxiety, of the doom to come.

Paperback original, 200 pages.

ISBN: 9781897299531

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Berlin #16

Jason Lutes

Blood spatters the street, a life's work goes up in flames, and lovers take flight in the final chapter of Berlin: City of Smoke, the second volume of the epic trilogy. Against the backdrop of the 1930 Reichstag elections, in which the National Socialists gain unprecedented political power, those citizens who have not yet chosen sides are forced to walk the knife's edge of history as it cuts irreversibly through their lives. Nazi assaults Communist, black confronts white, and Kurt Severing struggles with the futility of using language itself to strike at the dark heart of human nature.

ISBN: 9781897299616

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Berlin, Book One: City of Stones

Jason Lutes

The first volume in the ambitious Berlin Trilogy collecting issues #1-8.
A novel with cinematic sweep, the lives of Weimar Berlin's glamourous and downtrodden denizens criss-cross in the cold city streets and change the city's destiny forever. One of the most ambitious graphic novels ever.

"It will be the longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in comics...this book has the density of the best novels." --Time

"A book of impressive scope... full of novel combinations of text and pictures." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
(2001, 212 p, B/W, 7x 10")

ISBN: 9781896597294

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Berlin #15

Jason Lutes

The penultimate chapter to Berlin: City of Smoke, the second volume in Jason Lutes' trilogy about the decline of the Weimar Republic, finds its broad cast of characters searching for solid footing in a chaotic cityscape. The relationship between Pavel the scavenger and the orphaned Silvia Braun comes to a painful end, while tensions rise between the Cocoa Kids and their German manager. Meanwhile, Kurt and Marthe struggle to come to peace with their failed romance and the different ways they view changing world.

ISBN: 9781897299609

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Berlin #13

Jason Lutes

Tensions mount as the stock market crash of 1929 takes a devastating toll of the people of Berlin. Marthe and Anna are oblivious, drinking and dancing until dawn to the sounds of the Cocoa Kids, but a surprise visitor from Marthe's past provides a rude awakening. Meanwhile, Kurt grapples with the complications of the political situation and finds himself sliding deeper into despair.

ISBN: 9781897299326

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Berlin #18

Jason Lutes

A new chapter of Berlin: City of Light, the final volume of Jason Lutes' epic trilogy. Confronted by the hatred and fear that has begun to seep through the cracks in the Weimar Republic, Kurt Severing retreats into drink and despondency. His friends, alarmed by this self-destructive turn, make plans to intervene. Across the city, Silvia Braun has fallen in with a gang of young Communists, who are dumbstruck when she single-handedly attacks two Nazis in the street. Meanwhile, the idyllic nocturnal escapades of Marthe Muller and Anna Albrecht are shattered by a police raid on one of their favorite nightclubs, which leaves their relationship in ruins.

ISBN: 9781770460812

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Berlin #10

Jason Lutes

The demonstration has left the streets of Berlin running with accusations, paranoia and blood. Some people withdraw into the shadows and others become martyrs. Kurt begins investigating the massacre while the unsuspecting American jazz band the Cocoa Kids begin making a name for themselves among the cabarets and dancing girls that made the glittering city famous.

ISBN: 9781894937627

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Berlin #09

Jason Lutes

The first chapter is finally here from the second Berlin volume City of Smoke.

Nervous confrontations mark the first few days after the stunning, violent climax of Berlin Book One. In the streets, the clubs, the committee halls, and in the press, people are looking for reasons why the police opened fire on a peaceful demonstration of socialist workers. Some are just looking for someone to blame. It is a dark and tense city that the American Jazz band the Cocoa Nut Kids enter for their first European tour.
(June 2002, 24 p, B/W)

ISBN: 9781894937085

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Berlin #07

Jason Lutes

In the last weeks of the winter of 1929, tensions escalate between the Communists, National Socialists, and Berlin police. Gudrun Braun becomes more deeply involved with Otto the Communist and agrees to march in the upcoming May Day demonstration. Having overcome his writers' block, Kurt returns to the typewriter with renewed energy and intent. Meanwhile, Marthe learns the truth about Anna's romantic interest in her and must confront her own conflicted feelings, which are complicated by her entanglement in the life of Pola, the artists' model.
24 b/w pages.
Publication date: April 2000

ISBN: 9781894937061

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Berlin #06

Jason Lutes

The two burgeoning movements of the time are examined here: the National Socialists continue their expansion "underground" and on the opposite side, thousands gather to hear a fiery speech by the Bolshevik leader. 24 pages. First printing: August 1999.

ISBN: 9781894837054

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Berlin #05

Jason Lutes

It is now December: in a scene foreshadowing a greater tragedy, a Jewish family openly celebrates Hanukkah. Elseware throughout the city, Christmas carols are sung in the streets and Kurt and Marthe spend their first night together. 24 pages. First issue published by Drawn & Quarterly; First printing: December 1998

ISBN: 9781894937047

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Berlin #03

Jason Lutes

The time is October 1928, and Kurt Severing is witness to an event where the seething animosity between the fascists and the "reds" violently erupts. 24 pages. Published by Black Eye Books; First printing: February 1997.

ISBN: 9781894937030

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Berlin #01

Jason Lutes

The first serialized installment in a critically-acclaimed graphic novel trilogy spanning the brilliant and dangerous years of the Weimar Republic of Germany. Artists, journalists, communists, fascists, police, poets, lovers and workers cross paths while they dance the decadent city of Berlin into the arms of growing fascism. Life is not a cabaret for the denizens of Europe's fascinating city of stones. (1998, rev. ed. February 1999, 24 p, B/W)



ISBN: 9781894937023

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Berlin #17

Jason Lutes

The beginning of the third book of the acclaimed historical trilogy .
The long-awaited first chapter of Berlin: City of Light, the final volume of Jason Lutes' epic historical series. Kurt Severing, having forsaken his career as a writer, is a lost man. He finds himself drawn to the Communist party, the only viable opposition to the National Socialists, who in the election of 1930 have gained legitimacy in the national government. Silvia Braun, bent on asserting her strength in memory of her murdered mother, comes into her own as a Communist street fighter, compromising her relationship with the Jewish family that has taken her under its wing. And the true nature of the relationship between Marthe Muller and Anna Albrecht is discovered when their landlady surprises them in bed together.

ISBN: 9781770460362

$4.95 US / $5.50 CDN

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Berlin #11

Jason Lutes



$3.95 US / $3.95 CDN

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