Jason Lutes at Texas Book Festival

“Sun, books and ideas fuel first day of Texas Book Festival” / Austin 360 / Joe Gross / October 27, 2018

Warm weather and sunshine greeted crowds of book lovers Saturday on the first day of the 2018 Texas Book Festival.

Visitors to the free event in and around the Capitol listened to authors talk about topics ranging from immigration to vintage crime to our current president and much, much more.

The creative process is always a big part of the festival. In front of a packed room, cartoonist Jason Lutes discussed the influences on his graphic novel “Berlin,” a story of the Weimar Republic.

Using an entertaining PowerPoint, he went from a childhood reading superhero and cowboy comics to “Star Wars” (“No other science fiction movies created such a completely believable world”) through Dungeons and Dragons (“It gave you permission to be creative in a group”) to the work of cartoonist Ben Katchor (“He showed me comics could be poetry”) and beyond.

The festival continues Sunday; look for panels on alternative realities in science fiction, the creation of Google Maps, the Golden Age of television, writing through illness and grief, and the civil rights movement in Texas.

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