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Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Set: Companion, Covers & Reader [Pre-Order]

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Author: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Marc Sobel, Kristy Valenti
Format: Softcover
Pages: 744
Dimensions: 7.5" x 9.25" (Companion & Reader), 10" x 13" (Covers)
Colors: black & white (Companion & Reader), full-color (Covers)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: see individual product listings
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Price: $89.98
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Please note: Customers who order this set will receive all 3 books in one shipment when the last book arrives in our warehouse. All pre-ordered books are shipped via Media Mail in the U.S. and Global Mail internationally. Please select the appropriate shipping method when checking out to avoid being overcharged for shipping! Note that this set is not eligible for further discounts. For more information and previews of each book (or to order them individually), click the titles below.

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)

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The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) contains three incredibly in-depth and candid interviews with creators Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez: one conducted by writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline); one conducted some six years into the comic’s run by longtime L&R publisher Gary Groth; and one conducted by the book’s author, spanning Gilbert’s, Jaime’s and Mario’s careers, and looking to the future of the ongoing series, with a follow-up conversation with Groth. This book has foldout family trees for both Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas storylines; unpublished art; a character glossary (which is handy, considering that Gilbert alone has created 50+ characters!); highlights from the original series’ anarchic letters columns; timelines; and the most wide-ranging Hernandez Brothers bibliography ever compiled, including album and DVD covers, posters and more. The obsessive-yet-accessible detail and high production values make it a must-have for comics collectors, scholars, libraries and old and new fans alike: for those new to the series, it will make jumping in seem less daunting. For longtime fans, it clears up confusion that even those devoted to the groundbreaking alternative comic over its 30-year run can experience, given the sheer amount of material and sophisticated storytelling techniques (such as flashbacks, flash forwards, elliptical narrative and magical realism).


Love and Rockets: The Covers

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Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed, impressively endowed superwomen — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette, she appears to have been suddenly yanked from her breakfast table. Surely, this diminutive, dowdy woman is here by mistake — or is she?

From the very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have created artwork that has subverted, contradicted and celebrated the history of the comic book medium, inverting familiar tropes and creating some of the most iconic images in comics, inviting fans and readers into their world.

Amazingly, many of the covers created by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez for the various iterations of Love and Rockets over the series' first 30 years were heretofore never collected or had only been reprinted in black-and-white. Love and Rockets: The Covers not only rectifies this problem, but presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.), allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own.

This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of the series that virtually defines alternative comics.

"As for Love and Rockets, it's marvelous. I hope one day to attain the level of the cover drawing myself... it is a 'perfect' drawing..." – Moebius


The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar

Product details and specs are subject to change. Stay tuned to Flog! The Fantagraphics Blog for updates and sneak peeks.

The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar started as a series of blog posts attempting to answer the deceptively simple question: “what makes Love and Rockets so great?” Over the next six years, it quickly grew into a meticulously researched study containing in-depth analysis of and commentary on the series. Author Marc Sobel delves into the comics' themes, symbols and influences, as well as the Hernandez Brothers' artistic development.

Organized into seven main chapters, one for each of the first seven Love and Rockets trade paperback collections (representing the original Love and Rockets Vol. I), the book also includes: the comics' origins in the Hernandez Brothers' roots, such as their involvement in the Southern California punk scene, their adventures in self-publishing, and their vital partnership with Fantagraphics; an examination of the Hernandez Brothers' ill-fated Mister X (a science-fiction series) collaboration; a review of Mario’s solo book, Brain Capers; and a paradigm-changing analysis of Gilbert’s vastly underappreciated erotic graphic novel, Birdland. As an "extra," The Love and Rockets Reader also includes Jaime’s very first published work: the never-before-reprinted four-page story, "Another Time, Another Place," from 1977.

An essential resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike, this book will enlighten and deepen even the most ardent fans' appreciation of this groundbreaking series.



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