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Category >> Love and Rockets

Junot Diaz hearts Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 16 Apr 2009 2:00 PM

"Poison River, a graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez, gave me a master lesson in real writing. It was beautiful beyond words and violent and tender and heartbreaking. From that moment on, I knew what kind of writer I wanted to be. It's the great unknown novel of the 20th Century." - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), "Life-Changing Art," Baltimore Magazine

We're very grateful to Diaz for his public love of Love and Rockets, and Oscar Wao is definitely recommended for L&R fans.

(Crass commercialism: Poison River is available in its own volume as well as in Beyond Palomar, part of the affordable Love and Rockets Library reprint series.)

Luba preview at ICv2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 7 Apr 2009 10:40 AM

from Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Go check out an exclusive 6-page excerpt featuring the ever-lovable Venus from our forthcoming Luba omnibus hardcover by Gilbert hernandez at ICv2!

Daily links: 4/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalStan SakaireviewsPeanutsPaul HornschemeierMiss Lasko-GrossLove and RocketsKurt WolfgangJules FeifferJaime HernandezIvan BrunettiGilbert Hernandezart showsArnold RothAnders NilsenAbstract Comics 6 Apr 2009 2:27 PM

• Review: Comics Waiting Room on Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti: "...[I]f the material printed Ho! had been created in, say, Soviet Russia, Ivan would be the biggest star in the gulag. As it is, he’s one of the most twisted and funny motherfuckers putting pen to paper right in the U.S. of A. And I’m damned proud he’s one of us... Brunetti’s latest work is as strong as ever, and maybe even sicker. He’s an amazing cartoonist, and I respect his work immensely, even when some of it makes me queasy… especially if it makes me laugh then feel queasy."

• Review: Make It So Marketing's Comics And Pop Culture Blog finds A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross to be "an interesting read, and the art style that Miss Lasko-Gross uses is one that actually grabs me the more I read into the graphic novel... I look forward to the third volume being published..."

• Reviews: The "What Are You Reading?" column at Robot 6 includes Tom Bondurant on Gilbert Hernandez's Heartbreak Soup ("At first I was afraid that Beto was introducing so many characters I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them, but the deeper I go into the book the better he manages everyone. The writing reminds me of Will Eisner’s slice-of-life stuff from his later career..."), Tim O'Shea on The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 ("The intro by Mo Willems is great insight into what appealed to many about the series..."), Chris Mautner on A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross ("[It] shows a good deal of progression [from Escape from "Special"], both in terms of storytelling and artistry"), and Jeff Lester on The Comics Journal Library Vol. 6: The Writers ("for which a more accurate title might have been 'Gary Groth Browbeats Bewildered Comics Writers'")

• Preview: Urban Aesthete looks at the forthcoming Abstract Comics anthology

• Profile: The Stranger says some nice stuff about Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai and Paul Hornschemeier in advance of their visit here this past weekend

• Profile: The Seattle Weekly, previewing Jaime's visit to Seattle, nicely describes Love and Rockets: "It’s a mutable universe that skips between characters at older and younger stages of life, where buxom pro wrestling queens, spaceship mechanics, and touring hardcore bands buoyantly intersect. No one stays lost for long; no grievance goes unforgotten; and deep-fried jungle slugs forever remain a delicacy."

• Interview: Bookslut has a great Q&A with Jules Feiffer. I didn't know that Tarantino had cribbed some dialogue from Feiffer's The Great Comic Book Heroes

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch concludes their 3-part chat with Arnold Roth. Great anecdotes ahoy!

• Things to see: A semi-animated gag cartoon by Kurt Wolfgang

• Things to see: new sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen. Also: Anders Nilsen exhibit in Chicago April 18-May 3 and new minicomic

Daily links: 4/3/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezHumbugGilbert Hernandez 3 Apr 2009 1:59 PM

• Review: Inkstuds preps for a chat with Jaime Hernandez at Emerald City ComiCon tomorrow by catching up on Love and Rockets: New Stories #1: "The two brothers are certainly masters of the form and this is a great example of them having fun with their work."

• Review: Sean T. Collins on Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941: "...[T]his... anthology of early superhero comics is, like Paul Karasik's Fletcher Hanks collection and DC's Jack Kirby omnibuses before it, a real 'here's how it's done' moment. Entertaining, left-field subject matter; eye-pleasing design; tactile paper stock; color technique and reproduction values that neither hide the material behind the haze of nostalgia nor try to mask its primitive origins with out-of-place high-gloss modernity; manageable length and heft; art presented at a powerful but not brobdingnagian size... truly [we are] living in the Golden Age of Reprints."

• Preview: The Forbidden Planet International blog sums it up in their post title: "Humbug? Just watch the money vanish from my wallet..."

• Oddity: Snake 'n' Bacon are on Twitter (it's neither affiliated with nor objected to by Michael Kupperman, whose own Twitter feed is a must-follow)

Love and Rockets rules Free Comic Book Day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 3 Apr 2009 8:56 AM

Love and Rockets: New Stories - Free Comic Book Day edition

If you thought you'd never see a new Love and Rockets comic book again: surprise! Our 2009 Free Comic Book Day offering is a preview of this summer's second annual issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories! Official description: "This preview edition includes a sizeable chapter of the second half of Jaime's amazing super-hero romp 'Ti-Girls Adventures,' as well as Gilbert Hernandez's typically unique 'Chest Fever,' both from the upcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories #2, plus selections from #1 and a new cover by Gilbert and Jaime!" Head to the FCBD website for an exclusive sneak preview download, and visit your participating local comics shop (call to confirm participation and availability)  on Saturday, May 2 to pick up your copy! (Yes, we will have them at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; no, they will not be available online.)

(Also, confidential to Jacob Covey.)

Daily links: 4/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJaime HernandezEllen ForneyBasil Wolvertonawardsaudio 2 Apr 2009 3:02 PM

• Awards: Entrecomics reports that La educación de Hopey Glass (the Spanish edition of The Education of Hopey Glass) by Jaime Hernandez is nominated for "Mejor obra extranjera publicada en España en el 2008" ("Best foreign work published in Spain in 2008") at Saló del Còmic de Barcelona, Spain's largest comics convention (yes, we have a handful of copies of the Spanish edition for sale)

• Review of the Week: Pads & Panels on Johnny Ryan's XXX Scumbag Party: "It is truly unfortunate someone saw fit to publish this abomination."

• Review: Art Blog by Bob on The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton: "As much as the horrific and Bosch-esque in Wolverton’s art strikes you immediately, it’s also important to recognize the beauty of many of his visions... The Wolverton Bible still has the ability to revolt and repulse viewers, but that is just one aspect of its overall ability to make these well-known stories seem new and, more importantly, inescapably human."

• Review: Blog @ Newsarama says "A few words about every single story in Supermen!" (spoiler alert!), praising editor Greg Sadowski and concluding "I honestly can’t recommend [the book] enough to any fans of the superhero genre."

• Preview: Our pals at Diamond Comic Distributors present some excerpt pages from Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 on two of their websites: Previews and ComicShopLocator.com (it's the same in both places, so take your pick)

• Interview: Inkstuds can't wait until Paul Hornschemeier arrives in the program's hometown of Vancouver tomorrow to talk with him about Mother, Come Home and other topics (in streaming and downloadable audio)

• Profile: The Vancouver Courier spotlights Paul Hornschemeier in advance of his appearance at Lucky's Comics tomorrow

• Oddity: Ellen Forney is no fool

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez: Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 30 Mar 2009 3:04 PM

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Now available for preview and pre-order: Luba, the long-awaited hardcover sequel to Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez. This 600-page tome collects over 100 stories chronicling the experiences of the imposing matriarch and her extended family in America. This book is scheduled to be in stock in early April and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And at our product info page you can download a PDF of an exclusive 26-page excerpt!

L&R, Mome on Facebook
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MomeLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 25 Mar 2009 4:27 PM

Hey, all you social networkers! Mome co-editor and champion Flogger Eric Reynolds has set up a Facebook Group for Mome where you can interact with other fans, discuss the latest volumes, and so on. Join on up!

And if you haven't become an official Facebook Fan of Love and Rockets yet, how's this for incentive: some incredible photos and rare art is being posted on the L&R Facebook page by the Bros' friends and family, such as the below from 1982... hotcha!

Gilbert Hernandez artwork, 1982

Daily links: 3/19/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary Panter 19 Mar 2009 1:58 PM

• Review: 50 Words or Less on Love and Rockets: New Stories #1

• Review: Newsarama on Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter: "Great designs and scratchy, kinetic action fill every single panel... Jimbo's Inferno is a truly beautiful comic book."

• Preview: OK Erok posts a few panels from our preview of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman (not out yet, despite what they say)

• Bookmark: Shelf Life: 25 Years of Love & Rockets, Marc Sobel's column closely examining every issue of Love and Rockets Vol. 1, has moved from the currently-defunct Sequart site to its own blog; the most recent entry focuses on Love and Rockets X

Daily links: 3/3/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJerry DumasDaniel ClowesBoody Rogers 3 Mar 2009 1:45 PM

• Review: Winsome Icarus (Katherine M. Hill) writes an appreciation of "The Ladies of Love and Rockets"

• List: The A.V. Club would like to see Daniel Clowes's Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (and Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, and Burns's Black Hole, and 21 other comics) adapted into a movie

• Blurb: Jog previews Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas (amongst other of this week's releases)

• Events: Comic Book Resources reports from the "25 Years of Usagi Yojimbo" panel at Wondercon

• Things to see: In honor of the impending release of Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers, Pappy's Golden Age Comic Blogzine posts a couple of Sparky Watts backup stories