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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.