Barry Lutz is a self-professed cartoonist who can't draw, choosing instead to use painstakingly manipulated photographs to tell his stories. "Stiff Breeze" is his first comic to be published, but we expect there to be many more once people are introduced to his wholly original style. Fans of autobiographical comics will recognize some familiar tropes, but Lutz brings a starkness to the narrative that is as refreshing as a, well, stiff breeze. While the story is short, it communicates the pain and awkwardness of adolescence in a unique way that lingers well after the book has been put back on its shelf.
The first edition is limited to 100 deluxe copies, the first 25 of which are signed by the artist. (Very few signed copies remain and will be sent out first come/first served.) The cover is Gocco printed on Crane's Lettra paper, and the guts are printed on bright white vellum sheets interleaved with turquoise and brown colored paper. Like spumoni, it sounds weird but looks very cool.