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OCD Extra: June's Book Review
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezDaily OCD 20 May 2014 3:11 PM
Next month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Love Bunglers
The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

Starred Review:
"Skillfully merging tragedy and serendipity, Hernandez brings the [Maggie and Ray's] intertwining stories to a satisfying, if hard-won, culmination. The simplicity of Hernandez's page designs and the elegant economy of his drawing style belie the thoughtful sophistication of his storytelling… Although The Love Bunglers certainly isn't a jumping-on point for new readers, fans who've followed Maggie's exploits over the years will find it a heartbreakingly satisfying achievement that leaves the door wide open for further chapters in this most rewarding and accomplished of serialized comics." –Gordon Flagg



The Love Bunglers: New York Times Bestseller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 9 May 2014 9:25 PM
Love Bunglers
New York Times Best Seller list for the week of May 18th, 2014 listed The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez as #8! Congratulations to Jaime on a fantastic graphic novel and absolute gem in the Love and Rockets crown.
 
"To experience Maggie's story is to watch a modern comic-book master explore the potential of his craft, and The Love Bunglers represents a high point for both the character and her creator." -Oliver Sava, A.V. Club  
 
 
OCD EXTRA: Rolling Stone's Top 50
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Stan SakaiRobert CrumbreviewsLove and RocketsJoe SaccoJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary PanterDisneyDaniel ClowesDaily OCDCarol TylerCarl Barks 6 May 2014 3:53 PM
ROlling stone

Rolling Stone recently listed it's Top 50 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels and we made up 22% of that list (including a few books that we published and have been rereleased by others). If you haven't picked up one of these books, get steppin' to your local comic book store, buy one from the website, visit the library---you've go so many options! Picks by Joe Gross also of the Austin-American Statesman.
Safe Area Gorazde 
47 Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco "Joe Sacco is one of the medium's premier journalists; that he has focused on war-torn regions makes his work feel that much more vital and impressive...Gorazde - is a great place to start."
 You'll Never Know
44 You'll Never Know series by C. Tyler "Tyler is a top flight memoirist, and You'll Never Know pulses with a maturity not often found in the medium.
Usagi Yojimbo 
43 Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai "Never less than thoughtful and entertaining, Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most consistent comics around." 
Dal Tokyo 
33 Dal Tokyo by Gary Panter "Pretty much anything the most punk cartoonist ever…
Uncle Scrooge 
15 Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks "His Donald Duck stories are a comedic blast, but his Uncle Scrooge stories are veritable silly symphonies of complicated plotting and intercontinental adventure. Need a master class in how to tell a great comics story? Read any Barks' Scrooge stories from 1950 until his retirement in 1966. It's all there.
Ghost World 
9 Ghost World by Daniel Clowes "You're goddamn right it's the Catcher in the Rye of comics."
The Complete Crumb 
5 The Complete Crumb by R. Crumb "To ignore him completely is only to invite accidentally ripping him off; he's the Bob Dylan of the comics underground, and his work is embedded in the medium's DNA now."  
larn5 Love and Rockets  Love and Rockets 6  
1 Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez "Imagine the Clash or R.E.M. or Run-DMC not only never broke up, but, for 30 years, never once released a less-than-excellent record. Imagine their command of their craft just became more pronounced year after year, earning the unshakable admiration of their fans and peers. Imagine they made the best record of their career, 30 years on, this decade. This is essentially what Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have done with Love and Rockets, the greatest American comic book series of all time."  
 

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 25 Apr 2014 2:30 PM

Luba and Her Family cover photo

Luba and Her Family pages photo

It's a happy day for the Love and Rockets fans in the office (i.e. all of us): advance copies of Luba and Her Family are in the house! This is the latest Gilbert Hernandez volume in the Love and Rockets Library softcover omnibus series and the first to collect Gilbert's work from the post-Volume 1 era. Whether you're the kind of completist who needs all the books, or the kind who just wants to read all the stories in the proper narrative order, or a new reader who wants to jump on with a good, more recent starting point, you need this book. Jump on our pre-sale and take a gander at some of the contents (including the table thereof) right here.

And oh yeah, we've got a reprint of the second Jaime book on the way at the same time:

The Girl from HOPPERS cover photo

The Girl from HOPPERS pages photo

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 22 Apr 2014 2:24 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

See Previews / Order Now

"There are certain things about my family Mom always preferred to keep hush hush."

The suppression of family history and the cumulative effects of these secrets are the initial threads that tie together this masterful graphic novel from Jaime Hernandez. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Hernandez has been following his longtime heroine, Maggie Chascarillo, for several decades, all of which has seemed to build towards The Love Bunglers.

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 8 Apr 2014 10:54 AM

If you've been collecting our definitive Love and Rockets Library softcover collections, make some room on the Gilbert Hernandez side of the shelf for Luba and Her Family, due in 2 1/2-3 months from now. This volume gathers material from the pages of Gilbert's solo comics post-L&R Vol. 1 as well as from the Measles anthology, presenting the narrative in a way never it's never been collected before. After the catastrophe in Palomar, Luba settles in to her new home in America and gets reacquainted with her sisters Fritz and Petra, with an extensive supporting cast of family, friends, and lovers.

Luba's niece Venus is the star of our downloadable excerpt from the beginning of the book, encountering the supernatural "blooter baby" and getting busted by her parents for possession of (gasp!) a dirty comic book! You can also check out the Table of Contents to see just which stories are included, so you can be fully informed before you place your pre-order.

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 2 Apr 2014 11:52 AM

"Symphonic, tragic, revelatory, exciting and devastating as only great art can be, The Love Bunglers is one of the best comics ever made." – The Austin-American Statesman

"The kind of rich, intricate stories — packed with sharp observations about human desire and self-justification — that only an author with 30 years of experience with these characters could write. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

"Even in a long career of masterpieces, Jaime's story about missed opportunities for happiness is a revelation." – Publishers Weekly

"It goes without saying that The Love Bunglers completely knocked me out... Concise, moving, and incredibly bold, it's like a cartooning master class." – Adrian Tomine

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/thelovebunglers

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 25 Mar 2014 5:16 PM

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

Ships in: April 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

"There are certain things about my family Mom always preferred to keep hush hush."

The suppression of family history is the initial thread that ties together The Love Bunglers, featuring Hernandez's longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie. Because these secrets can't be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie's ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what's made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie's emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.

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The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - cover photo

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Re-Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 24 Mar 2014 5:01 PM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

Well folks, we jumped the gun just a bit last week so this is a do-over with corrected art: 

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 20 Mar 2014 12:58 PM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey, with her own fresh twist. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!