Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1991. His “big break” came in 1993, when he began drawing a weekly comics page called “Jar of Fools” for The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative paper. After self-publishing the collected Jar of Fools in 1996, he made the leap to becoming a full-time cartoonist.
Lutes is perhaps best known for his comic book series Berlin, an ongoing 22-chapter story set in the twilight years of the Weimar Republic. The first eight chapters are collected in Berlin: City of Stones, and chapters nine through sixteen are collected in Berlin: City of Smoke. He is debuting Berlin no. 19 at TCAF 2015.
Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.