Fall 2018: Berlin by Jason Lutes
This fall we are releasing Berlin by Jason Lutes, thus concluding a twenty year masterwork that looks through ordinary people's eyes to observe the transformation of the German city from a liberal metropolis into a fascist stronghold. In September we'll simultaneously release the complete deluxe hardcover and the final paperback in the trilogy. Scroll down for cover reveals and more information about both releases. We can't wait for all of you to get to read the ending!
BERLIN BY JASON LUTES
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 4
Twenty years in the making, this sweeping masterpiece charts Berlin through the rise of Nazism
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly 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 co-released at the time of this omnibus, Berlin has over 100,000 in print. Berlin will be one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its 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 One; 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.
The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes’ masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world’s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.
Hardcover | 592 pgs | black & white | $44.95 USD / $49.95 CAD
BERLIN BOOK THREE: CITY OF LIGHT BY JASON LUTES
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 4
The thrilling conclusion to a masterful graphic novel trilogy that follows Berlin citizens as Nazism rises
The third and final act of Jason Lutes’ historical fiction about the Weimar Republic begins with Hitler arriving in Berlin. With the National Socialist party now controlling Parliament, the citizenry becomes even more divided.
Lutes steps back from the larger political upheaval, using the intertwining lives of a small group of German citizens to zero in on the rise of fascism and how swiftly it can replace democracy. The idle rich, the naive bourgeoisie, and the struggling lower classes: all seek meaning in the warring political factions dividing their nation. Lutes especially focuses on the Brauns—a working class family torn apart by a political system that doesn’t care about them. Lovers couple and uncouple; families and friends share rituals and laughter; most of Berlin’s citizens go about their day with little sense of the larger looming threat to their existence. Meanwhile, journalist Kurt Severing and artist Marthe Muller watch in horror as their society begins a dizzying descent into extremism.
Paperback | 176 pgs | black & white | $22.95 USD / $23.95 CAD
This is part of our fall 2018 announcements. Read on for an excerpt from Berlin and check out our previous announcements: Aminder Dhaliwal's Woman World, Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte, and Lisa Hanawalt's Coyote Doggirl.