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Lutztoons
My name is Alex.
I like neon green, retro sci-fi art, surrealism, old games, kitsch, birds, history, and oddball things in general.
One of my all-time favorite styles of comedy is deliberately mispronouncing words while using a silly voice.
Basically just a big ol' soft-hearted dork.

Instagram: @lutztoons
Email: alexlutzart [at] gmail.com
  • Real Name
    Alex Lutz
  • Age
    24
  • Gender
    Female
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@Oly-RRR: Thank you!! :3 The challenge of this page was getting the setting to look musty and tired without making it unpleasant to look at. I’m glad that it’s coming across!

Gideon keeps his house relatively clean, but he does have a lot of crap piled up in forgotten corners. And you’re right, he does have to clear out a lot of junk before he can get the drawers open! My mom’s house is like that, you can’t open a drawer without it getting jammed on something inside.
This little comic was done as a response to the question, "What is Gideon's favorite ice cream flavor?" I was giggling like an idiot the whole time I was drawing that stoned-out moose.

Man, this first page gave me all sorts of trouble. Originally, this comic was supposed to be in black and white, but it turned out REALLY BAD, so I ended up redoing it. Incidentally, this comic is going to be the first instance in which I render parts of Gideon's house in color. When I was in high school, I did draw several of the rooms in his home, but I only worked in monochrome back then...not to mention the fact that my skill levels weren't where I wanted them to be. Like I said in that last comic, it's a...surreal feeling to finally be able to see with my own eyes the world I've kept locked up in my head for years and years. Now you'll get to see it, too! 'Tis what I always wanted.

The short hiatus is ending! The page updates will likely be a bit random until I start posting the remainder of chapter 1, but there won't be a month-long break between uploads this time.
@Oly-RRR: That would be a really fun idea for a short comic, actually! POULTERCOP. Hahaha, you’d go from a despondent, bloodied ghost who wanders around looking sad, all the way down to the other end of the spectrum with a poultergeist throwing things around and vandalizing random objects.
And then he’ll go to Liecester’s house and light his stove on fire.

And you’re welcome! <3 <3
@Oly-RRR: PLOT TWIST: THE GHOST COP DID ALL OF IT, EVEN THE "ARSE" CHAIR

Great, I'm looking forward to it! <3 Take your time, your pages always turn out great and it's a real treat to see them in my inbox!
Nooooo Liecester, you’re not useless! You even saved the Queen from ninjas and everything! But really, when things go wrong, it can be difficult to keep from blaming yourself for all of it, even when there’s no logical reason to feel that way. Poor guy, he needs a hug. Also, I love the way his belly compresses when he’s hunched over!

Hahaha, idiot cola, I wonder if Kane is the one who added that little detail, seeing as he has no qualms about scratching profanity onto doors!

And I don’t think Kane is going to be hearing the end of it, now that he’s done more than just bump into Nutter...

And I’m loving these more frequent updates! Looks like the batching is doing well for you!!! <3
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE THE PROTOTYPE OF CALENDAR BOOB LADY
@Oly-RRR: You're welcome! I'd love to see even more pages from you, but there's no need to rush it--the thought and care you put into your work really makes it stand out.

Isn't it funny when certain small details jump out at you enough to include them when you revisit an old concept years later? Hahaha, they'll have to keep an eye on those screensavers.

Man, John must be feeling some intense guilt. Blowing off Houston's birth because he had paperwork to do, not knowing the complications, and not seeing many of his seizures looks like it's weighing on him. I'm wondering if he's using work to hide from the reality of the situation. There's a lot of thought-provoking content packed into just one page.

I'd love to know more about them, they're an interesting family! As long as there's no spoilery stuff. XD
Every time you upload a new page, it's like getting a little Christmas gift. C:

That little backstory says so much in so few panels. I love that washed-out color scheme you used, it really calls back the feeling of a faded memory. And oh God, that calendar actually made me laugh. It looks like her boobs are clapping.

And that detail of soot all over Liecester sitting there with soot all over him is great. It makes me wonder how bad that fire was and what he had to do to put it out. It's a story element that's not put into words, but visual details like that make you engage with the narrative more. Meanwhile, Houston is totally passed out, completely oblivious. I'm wondering if he'll remember any of it--do his seizures cause memory gaps?

Once again, great page!! I'll probably keep coming back to it later because something new jumps out at me every time I look at it. The tiny details you put in your pages make my eyes and brain happy! :3
@Oly-RRR: Cool! I've always enjoyed having drawn-out talks about comics and art. And I like talking to you, and this conversation makes me think, so I'm looking forward to continuing our chat! But yeah, long comment threads under a page can be a pain to navigate. XD
@Oly-RRR: Oh, man, it blows my mind that the Internet is completely embedded into our lives nowadays, even for young kids. We didn't even get high-speed internet until I was in junior high, and even then I was too scared to post my art online. It's really for the best that nobody on the internet saw the 3edgy5me crap I was doing at age 14.

Negative worldviews will really leak into whatever type of creative work you end up doing, which is why I agree with what you said about consciously educating yourself before putting artistic pieces out for public consumption. When I look back on a lot of my old writings, they just come off as products of a troubled mind (which they were) because I dumped all my problems into my stories without thinking critically about why I was doing it. I didn't hate any particular group of people, either--I just had a very hard time relating to others and I didn't understand why people didn't "get me," so I blamed everyone else for my problems. KNM is honestly the first time I've ever thought about the actions and consequences of writing in the context of making it public. I've been working on it for 3 years, so I've had a lot of time to do some growing since then.

Oh God, the accidentally cringey positive message stories! Those are always embarrassing to look back on. I have one about teenage Dempsey that I actually printed and sold to a few people who wanted one, and I never got any feedback on the story from the ones who read it. I didn't understand why at the time, but when I read it again a couple years later, it is SO obvious that I was going through some heavy shit at the time and i think it made people uncomfortable. PLUS I THOUGHT I WAS DOING SOMETHING SOOPER DEEP by making poor Dempsey get punished by his family and everyone in school just because he was a gay nerd. wow Alex u did such a grate job with ur positiv portrayel of thw gay peepls, here is your awards. I ended up rethinking Dempsey's life story so that it isn't so ridiculously sad and now I just want to forget that I came up with and sold that book to begin with. God I'm cringing just thinking about it. barffffffff

Yeah, I never know what to tell kids about it, either. I had profs in college who were like "NOTHING YOU DO IN COLLEGE WILL BE GOOD, SO GET USED TO IT" and that didn't help at all. How are you supposed to improve if you feel like you'll always suck? The main thing I tell younger artists is to keep at it and enjoy what you're doing, but keep looking for ways to get better at the work YOU want to do. It's really hard to see young artists stop drawing because they think they'll never live up to some impossibly high standard. I'd rather see something honest than something that's so polished you can't see the human element in the work.

Oh my god that turned out long. I hope you don't mind. If you want, we can move this to PMs if you're comfortable with that.
@Oly-RRR: Eeee thank you! :3 I used to do spooky winter scenes all the time when I was younger, but I quit doing them once I hit college age. That's partly why this page makes me all emotional--I'm coming back to something I walked away from.

Oh yeah, I totally get that. I don't like crowds and noise, either. I always feel a weird sense of relief whenever I go to a store or restaurant and nobody is there because the weather sucks. I just like to be able to buy my food in peace without bumping elbows with randos.

Yeah!! It's honestly so nice to know someone else who understands that feeling. Isn't it such a great feeling to be able to see something in your head and bring it out in a way that's satisfying to you? What you said about writing themes of mental illness but not being equipped to tackle them is something I can really relate to. Our friend Gideon's story has a lot of themes that are related to mental health and need to be handled with tact and emotional maturity, which I was lacking until fairly recently. A lot of my old stories make me cringe because they're just so reflective of the negative worldviews I held back then, and I'm happy that I was too nervous to show them to people, because they are B-A-D. Now that I've had enough time to improve myself and my art, I feel confident enough to be able to tell this story without accidentally sending out a bad message.

Also! A lot of the questions you asked brought up a lot of themes and ideas that I've been wanting to write for actual YEARS, so thank you for being a part of this!

*rubs her hands together like a greasy fly*

And I thought I'd never get to write a short story about Gideon's favorite ice cream flavor.
The Q&A special has begun! This one-page strip is a response to the question, "What is Gideon's favorite weather?"

The song Forlorn in Silence by Lord Belial makes a good background soundtrack for this page. I was listening to it a lot while doing this strip. As a matter a fact, I named the comic after it! I'm not a fan of Lord Belial's main body of work, but there's something special about this song. And that ALBUM COVER ART!

I wasn't expecting this strip to be so emotional for me to work on, but that's how it turned out for a number of reasons. We'll be getting to know Gideon a bit better in the upcoming specials. Despite what people in his world might think about him, there's a lot more than radio static going on in his head.

Gideon is one of my oldest characters and developing his life story was my primary staple of self-entertainment during my time in high school, but I wrote a grand total of one short comic about him back then. I wasn't confident enough in my abilities as an artist/writer to create anything with the full scope of what I had in mind, so his stories just kinda churned around in my brain and people only saw little glimpses of it through my drawings. It's kind of hard for me to describe the feeling I'm getting from finally WRITING about Gideon's life now that I'm older and more skilled. It's kinda like...fulfillment of a very old goal and longing for more of it all at the same time. Words are currently failing me, but it's a good feeling.

Q&A is now closed! I would like to sincerely thank everyone who asked questions. You guys are helping me create comics that I never would have made without your help. All you question-askers are in for a treat these coming weeks.
Remember when I said that I wouldn't be updating this week? Well, that's only partially true. I made a new cover! I HATED the old one, so I went n' redid it. I'll probably be deleting this post later because I already replaced the original cover page with this one, but I was too excited not to share.

I also designed a new logo, too! I'll probably update the comic header with a big banner once I make one, but until then, enjoy a much nicer version of my logo.

My boyfriend, Kyle Wilson, helped me make this cover! He scanned all my individual pieces separately, including the original logo and cover art, and pieced them together into what you see here. He doesn't create any of the content for this comic, but he DOES scan all my original pages and edits them to look true to my original art. He is much better at Photoshop than I am. Go look his surreal pencil drawings of alien creatures, I cannot stress this enough!
@Oly-RRR: Those are all really good questions! Oooo I'm gonna have fun answering all these, especially since it's with Gideon.

Hey, the sky is doing things! Isn't that interesting??? Hot/cold/rainy enough for ya?? Ha ha ha!
@Oly-RRR: Oh yeah, it's definitely paying off! I was honestly stunned when I saw this page, keep it up!! :3

Welcome to Cop Land, where we DEFINITELY don't shove people into closets and perform shady """"""pre-interviews."""""&q uot; Enjoy our cheese trays! Don't look in that box, by the way. There's nothing in it, so DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
@Oly-RRR: BUY OUR CRAP, IT'S A TRAP *beatboxing*

Pfff, Lord knows that I've been guilty of shopping this way, too. QUICK, ROBIN! TO THE CANDY AISLE!

Those are all really good questions! I have a lot of fun stuff to think about now. Unfortunately, I can't answer any of the Gideon questions because pretty much anything directly related to his personal/home life or his past will spoil the story. If you have anything to ask him that's less personal, I'd love to hear it! :D
No, Kane. This is not Narnia.

Oh, wow, I'm really impressed by how you did the lighting! It has such a sickly green look that's really unsettling. I like how there's a random patio table in there. It even has a hole for the umbrella! Hahaha, there's all those plastic chairs stacked up behind Nutter and Kane doesn't even get to use one. He's stuck with what looks like an upside-down milk crate.

I'm dying to know what's in Nutter's cardboard box.
BUY OUR CRAP

In this moment, we are all Rhodes. It's okay, Dempsey. I can't control myself around sour gummies, either.

And this marks the end of this little bonus comic!

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! It'll be a little bit before we get back to the main story, but in the meantime, I'm accepting questions for a Q&A Special! Ask some comic-related questions in the comment section and I'll answer them in comic form (unless I can't answer it due to spoilers)!
@Oly-RRR: Oh yeah, I understand that completely. I mainly want to do a few smaller things for right now because I'm going to be opening up commissions soon and I need to do something more manageable while I get all that figured out. Plus, these little stories help people learn about my characters, methinks. Not that I'm going to stop with the chapter, of course!
@Oly-RRR: Or optionally, you could just do it whenever and just tell everyone it's Opposite Day. >:3