One of the most humane, graceful and imaginatively inexhaustible artists in American popular culture, Jaime Hernandez has created in Locas one of the great American novels of the last 30 years, graphic or otherwise. Created over 15 years from 1981 to 1996 in the pages of the legendary comic book series Love and Rockets, Locas tells the story of Maggie Chascarrillo, a bisexual, Mexican-American woman attempting to define herself in a community rife with class, race and gender issues.
Maggie's story begins in the early-1980s Southern California rock scene, when it was shifting from the excesses of the 1970s to the gritty basics of punk and new wave. Hardcore punk rock came to the fore, and the teenaged Maggie finds herself drawn to the anarchy, energy and diversity of the scene, which in Jaime's hands becomes a very real, habitable place populated with authentic human beings rather than stereotypes. She quickly befriends Hopey Glass, a feisty anti-authoritarian punkette who quickly becomes Maggie's on-again, off-again lover and a constant presence in her life throughout the book.
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"Simply essential... I've read Jaime Hernandez's work almost as long as its been published, but only when you feel the weight of this thing in your hand do you appreciate its accomplishment. When you make a list of all the things Hernandez writes and draws better than pretty much anyone — Chicano culture across all the classes, the '80s punk scene, the inner lives of women, the inner lives of men, women's wrestling, love and, er, rockets — it's hard not to suspect him of secretly being 10 brilliant artists and writers, or just one of the most talented artists our polygot culture has produced." – John Hodgman, The New York Times Book Review
"The world that Jaime Hernandez created is so believable, so fluent, so filled with minor trivialities, arguments, passion and stories it sometimes feels more real that the world outside. To call it a classic comic is to underestimate its impact and importance — this is classic art." – Everett True, Plan B
"At once intimate and epic... one of the great milestones in comics history." – Bookslut
"The release of the year... one that stretches across decades, like the great domestic mysteries that have sustained literary culture for millennia." – Salon.com
"A fluid, multifaceted portrait that at times feels more like a film than a graphic novel." – Whitney Matheson, USA Today
"Evoking Bridget Jones by way of Dickens and García Márquez, Locas is magic, real, and literate — and fun to look at, too. Grade: 'A'." – Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
"Jaime's black-and-white panels are so stunning that it's easy to overlook their humanity and grand scope. Locas is the perfect way to enjoy two decades' worth of some of the best fiction created in any genre." – Robert Ito, Los Angeles Magazine
"Finally collected into one volume, these stories are among the greatest comics ever put to paper, and an essential piece of the literature of the punk movement." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"In the turbulent slipstream between high 'n' low, Maggie and Hopey are the state of the art." – R.C. Baker, The Village Voice
"Jaime's characters are so convincing and his stories so compelling that it is easy to overlook his greatest strength: the most economically handsome drawing style in comics." – Booklist
"American fiction's best kept secret." – Rolling Stone
"Hernandez's 'Locas' plunged me into a comics ecstasy I hadn't known since I was 10." – The Nation
"A high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it." – The Washington Post
"No other man in or out of the field understands women the way [Hernandez] does. Love & Rockets is the one book I always recommend to my female friends who've never read a comic before." – Trina Robbins, author of A Century of Women Cartoonists
"Jaime's Maggie is one of the great characters in contemporary American fiction." – L.A. Weekly
"Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool." – Alan Moore
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