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Gilbert Hernandez, born in 1957, enjoyed a pleasant childhood in Oxnard, California, with four brothers and one sister. In Gilbert’s words, they were “born into a world with comic books in the house.” His childhood enthusiasm for the medium was equaled only by his appetite for punk rock.
Initiated by older brother Mario and bankrolled by younger brother Ismael, Gilbert created Love and Rockets #1 with his brother Jaime in 1981. Over 30 years later, the series is regarded as a modern classic and the Hernandez brothers continue to create some of the most startling, original, and intelligent comic art ever seen.
From 1983 to 1996, Gilbert produced the now legendary Palomar saga, collected in the graphic novels Heartbreak Soup and Human Diastrophism, and considered to be one of the defining bodies of literature of its era.
Gilbert lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife Carol and daughter Natalia.
"I don't think there's ever been a greater cartooning talent in terms of what he brings the serial comic book form." – The Comics Reporter
"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." – Los Angeles
"There's no denying that Beto's comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved." – The A.V. Club
2007 & 2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Writer/Artist
Recipient of a 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship
2013 Pen Graphic Literature Award Winner
2014 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal Winner: Comics and Cartoon Art — Long Form
2014 Eisner Award Winner: Best Short Story ("Untitled," Love and Rockets: New Stories #6)
Note: This category contains only books and comics where Gilbert's work is not split with that of his brothers. For books in collaboration with his brothers Jaime and/or Mario, click here. For Jaime's solo books, click here. For guidance on building your Love and Rockets collection, see our How to Read Love and Rockets page.
Gilbert Hernandez Celebrate 2013, the Year of Beto, with these two stunning graphic novels. Return to Palomar, where supernatural mysteries and more surprises abound, and follow Julio's century-spanning life from cradle to grave. Product Details...
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Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti An indispensable guide to the Hernandez brothers' award-winning, world-renowned series. Interviews, family trees, timelines, unpublished art, letter-column highlights, bibliography and more. Product Details...
Marc Sobel A meticulously researched study containing in-depth analysis of and commentary on L&R Vol. I, delving into the comics' themes, symbols and influences, as well as the Hernandez Brothers' artistic development. Product Details...