Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium



Words, Pictures, and Ragnarok:
Comics as the Trickster's Tool

A Pre-Conference Keynote Talk by Jason Lutes

September 27, 2018

Silver Maple Ballroom
Dudley H. Davis Center
University of Vermont

free and open to the public

Words and pictures were born from the same source, but grew apart over millennia. The medium of comics brings them back together and reminds us—just as Loki and Eshu and Bugs Bunny do—that the boundaries imposed by humans upon the world are porous and prone to collapse. A crackpot rumination on the relationship between letterforms, representational drawing, and the twilight of the Norse gods.

Jason Lutes is a cartoonist, editor, art director, game designer, and educator who teaches a two-year MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He is the author of Berlin, a graphic novel which chronicles the lives of everyday people during the rise of fascism in Weimar Germany.


The Silver Maple Ballroom is located on the 4th floor of the Dudley H. Davis Center of the University of Vermont. After 3:30pm free visitor parking is available in the nearby Jeffords Lot.


Presented by the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center

Sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, UVM Humanities Center, Department of English and the Department of Classics

2018 Organizing Committee

Isaac Cates (English), Dan Fogel (English), Glynnis Fawkes (Cartoonist), Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), Margaret Tamulonis (Fleming Museum) and Stephanie Zuppo (Cartoonist)