Zut Suit Riot

Hi, I'm Natalie Zutter! I'm a playwright, entertainment blogger, and aspiring comic book writer living in New York City. Since graduating from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I'm trying to figure out how to apply that same interdisciplinary format to my post-college life in the arts world.

I've had several productions through NYU; check out my resumé and photos/video of my plays above.

I'm the Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comics, YA, Romance, and Children's Editor at Bookish. Previously, my writing has appeared on Crushable, Tor.com, BlackBook, Ology, and AFK On Air.

I'm also the co-creator of the webcomic Leftovers, about a ragtag food truck helping survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
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Inks for the first 2 pages of “The Distorted Mirror” — coming along slowly but surely.


I <3 everything Alena does.



As if I can’t have a drink
or two in the morning,
before risking my life
for people who don’t
know my name.

As if I can’t enjoy
a bottle of Chianti
and a smooth woman
when I’m not disarming
warheads in mid-flight
over the Atlantic.

As if the bottle of Johnnie
Walker you found, half-
empty, in my briefcase
implies I’m not capable
of defending New York
from shape-shifting, green
men from another world.

A man at Starbucks shoved
me during morning rush.
I stumbled over chairs,
fell. With my suit—
my marvelous iron prison—
I could pop his head with a flick
of one finger. But without it,
I’m just a man lost in the city.

Meanwhile you walk
down streets with a cowl
or cape the only difference
and you’re transformed—
the man underneath as real
as the one slamming villains
into concrete. You think
I need a drink to get in
the suit. But you’re wrong.

I need it to get out.

Gary Jackson

I definitely was not as devoted a reader in 2012 as I was in 2011—both in terms of picking up new novels/comics/plays, and in terms of keeping track of what I did finish. But it was a weird year. There was the necessary post-break-up period in the spring of only reading crappy chick-lit. We had to push through that.

And yet, I’m still a little embarrassed that I finished out the year with only 20 books under my belt, whereas the prior year I’d cracked 50. Ah, well. It’s another resolution for 2013. Keep up with the new list here!

1. Something from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill +

2. A.D.D. by Douglas Rushkoff #

3. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

4. 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

5. Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? by David Hughes

6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver +

7. Rule 34 by Charles Stross +

8. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes +

9. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin +

10. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

11. The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach

12. Deadline by Mira Grant +

13. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays by Laurent Bouzereau

13. Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose +

14. The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman +

15. Five Men Who Broke My Heart by Susan Shapiro

16. Lighting Up by Susan Shapiro +

17. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

18. Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

19. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

20. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn +

+ = Kindle

# = comic

Those unmarked are “real”/hard copy books that I either bought or was given.

  • Set up a Flickr account to get all the photos from my plays in one place.
  • Update my Playwriting page (right now my resume) with more info about each show I’ve had readings and/or productions for.
  • Find an artist for an upcoming comics anthology.
  • Actually finish some full-length plays—being part of True False Theatre’s The Polygraph Tests residency has me aching to get more work completed and out there!
  • Convert a play script to a comics script, since it’s better served as a graphic novel.

Thanks to my Kindle and daily commute, I read a ton of books this year! Sure, some were comics trade paperbacks, but I count them all the same. (At the bottom is a guide to comic, Kindle book, and novel[las].) And somehow I cracked 50 under the wire, ending with a crappy chick-lit book I picked up in the Munich airport.

So why don’t we relive the books that educated and entertained me over the last twelve months? Plus, I’ve already started my 2012 list here!

1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

2. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

3. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins

4. Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle

7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Laundau-Banks by E. Lockhart

8. Skinny by Diana Spechler

9. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith

10. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Read More

  • A.D.D. by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Spaceman by Brian Azzarello
  • Saucer Country by Paul Cornell
  • Voodoo Child by Selwyn Hinds

I’m mostly treating Tumblr like my to-do list today, posting these so I won’t forget to buy them once they’re out.

Alena just sent Josh and me the character sketches for our upcoming webcomic Leftovers (launching in a month!), and I’m about to cry. They’re our characters—that’s them, right there before me.

I feel like Charlotte in the Sex and the City series finale:

Charlotte: Harry, I’m a bad wife, I ordered Chinese.

Harry: I think I got something from China, too.

(holds out of the photo of the baby they’re adopting)

Charlotte (tears, nodding frantically): That’s her. That’s our baby.

It’s so overwrought, and yet I’m having the exact same reaction.


Just me taking pizza from Jim Lee. No big.

(at the launch of Justice League #1 and Flashpoint #5 at Midtown Comics on Monday night)



!!! this is our future.