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L&R New Stories 1: A hack review.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 10 Sep 2008 10:51 PM

This is an old post I'm just getting to:

"Having just approved the proofs for printing the brand new Love and Rockets Volume Three I can't help but post about HOW FUCKING AMAZING these New Stories are. Absolutely mind-blowing on the part of both Gilbert and Jaime.

"EVERY SINGLE PANEL of Jaime's work is ridiculously well-rendered. Like a mural you'd stare at for days and yet each one is cast aside as simply a panel in another story he's done. And even more amazing is how he's pulled off telling a perfect Superhero story-- the thing I wish I got from the Marvel/DC Universe (or even, to be honest, Omega or Cold Heat or TMNT) is right there in his 50 page contribution to NS#1. Can I call it an homage? Or is it simply a progression of the genre-- one where Jaime adds just the right tone of human-ness to do what the Marvel Universe does while offering a gentle, gauntlent-gloved hand to pull it out of its insipid, calculated hole? I won't ruin things by posting panels, especially since there will surely be throngs of people who will better review this work in the near future.

"I don't know how to compare Gilbert's work to most popular comics. What he does is unequaled. He changed my perception of what story-telling is and he keeps doing it. It's even more satisfying than his brother's truly perfect lines.

"The thing is this: The Bros. would be burned out and spinning bald (if urgently smoking) wheels had they simply pursued a career in the Studio System of Marvel/DC where they'd be celebrated but increasingly reigned in. Having lived an under-scrutinized life of perfecting their Art has left them somehow scaling a peak that is, impossibly for their time, just going higher and higher. They're both at the top of their game nearly thirty years after they began pushing themselves towards that peak. I'm a cynic and I'm amazed at how crazy good their work on L&R3 #1 is."

*End three-month old rant.

New FREE signed bookplates now available!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKim DeitchBlake Bell 8 Sep 2008 1:03 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers - bookplate

We've added several new books to our roster of titles which are available with FREE signed bookplates as a bonus when you order directly from us! They include:

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell (signed by Bell, not by Ditko... are you crazy?)
Deitch's Pictorama by Kim, Seth and Simon Deitch (shown below - signed by Kim only)
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers (shown above - signed by both Gilbert and Jaime!)
The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez
Beyond Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Amor Y Cohetes by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez (signed by all 3!)

Deitch's Pictorama - bookplate

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!





Now in stock: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 20 Aug 2008 4:10 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
By Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 reboots the beloved ongoing "Love and Rockets" comic into a fat, all-new annual graphic novel length package.

Jaime launches the new format with a story that's unusual even for him... A full-on, pulse-pounding super-hero yarn! Maggie's longtime friend Penny Century has finally realized her longtime dream of acquiring super-powers, but at a terrible personal cost. Now she rampages through the galaxy, half mad with grief, and a motley group of super-heroes assembles to try to stop her -- led by Maggie's girlfriend Angel and her mysterious neighbor Alarma, and involving a number of characters longtime Love and Rockets fans will delight in recognizing.

The epic-length 50-page story (only the first half of the saga!) combines Jaime's razor sharp characterization and superlative art with wildly inventive, Kirby-style slam-bang super-hero action.

Then Gilbert Hernandez explodes with a similarly generous helping of his fantastically creative one-shot short stories: "Tamanny" (rookie cop vs. demonic drug users); "Papa" (a turn-of-the-century story involving a traveling businessman); "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy" (super-powered Martin and Lewis impostors in outer space); "The Tender Room" (Into the Wild as re-imagined by Beto); "Chiro el Indio" (written by third brother Mario Hernandez); and "Never Say Never" (a kangaroo gets lucky in Las Vegas).

One hundred pages of Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez at the peak of their powers: this is a major graphic-novel event!

100-page black & white 6.625" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Jaime Hernandez interview at The Daily Cross Hatch (part 2)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 18 Aug 2008 12:55 PM

The conclusion of Brian Heater's two-part talk with Jaime Hernandez about Love and Rockets: New Stories touches on fantasy, reality, and putting Maggie through the wringer.

Lotta interviews out there today, huh?

Network with Love and Rockets
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 11 Aug 2008 12:48 PM

In an effort to bring Love and Rockets fans together (and, of course, to turn up the burner on the simmering saucepan o'hype for Love and Rockets: New Stories #1), we've created two new social networking destinations:

• The Love and Rockets - The Hernandez Brothers Flickr Group - where Flickr members can share their L&R-related photos and scans and participate in message board discussions, and non-members can browse and enjoy all the images

• The Love and Rockets - The Hernandez Brothers Facebook Page - where Facebook users can declare themselves Fans, upload fan photos and videos, leave messages, receive special updates, etc.

This, of course, is in addition to our Fantagraphics Flickr Group and Fantagraphics Facebook Page. Swing on by, browse, participate, and enjoy!

Sneak peek video & photos: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 11 Aug 2008 10:53 AM

Our latest batch of daily video and photo teasers of upcoming releases wraps up with a bang today, with the Hernandez Brothers' all-new extravaganza Love and Rockets: New Stories #1, 100 pages of brand new stuff from brothers Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez. Watch the video above (or click here if it doesn't show up), and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers - cover by Jaime Hernandez

Hernandez Brothers interview audio from Comic-Con 2007
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezflogcastaudio 14 Jul 2008 9:59 AM

As we gear up for this year's big Comic-Con International, we've got a couple of real goodies from last year's Con for you!

Los Bros. Hernandez, San Diego Comic-Con, 07/26/07

On Friday, July 27, 2007, at Comic-Con International in San Diego, moderator Gary Groth was joined by the Hernandez Brothers for two featured spotlight panels on their work and the 25th anniversary of Love and Rockets. We are pleased to bring you these audio recordings of each interview and Q&A session: the first with Jaime and the second with Gilbert.

Jaime:

Click here for the archive page with streaming audio (please use that address if linking from your own site), or click here to download the audio file (19.5 MB MP3).

Gilbert:

Click here for the archive page with streaming audio (please use that address if linking from your own site), or click here to download the audio file (17.2 MB MP3).

Logo Lore
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Love and RocketsFantagraphics history 2 May 2008 6:42 AM

I've been around Fantagraphics for 15 years now, but I never knew that comic book letterer extraordinaire Todd Klein designed not only the original LOVE & ROCKETS logo, but also a slew of other early Fantagraphics logo designs (who can forget the great "Elfquest Gatherum"?!). You learn something new every day.

Now available: The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 28 Apr 2008 3:24 PM

The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1 by Los Bros. Hernandez

The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1
By Los Bros. Hernandez

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets was finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story, originally serialized in Love and Rockets Vol. 1 from 1982 to 1996, in perfect chronological order. Now that the series is complete, we are pleased to offer all seven volumes — nearly 2,000 pages of incredible comics — for a special package price.

Seven black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcovers, 1,944 pages total • $84.99
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Now in stock: Amor Y Cohetes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 28 Apr 2008 1:29 PM

Amor Y Cohetes - A Love and Rockets Book by Los Bros. Hernandez

Amor Y Cohetes - A Love and Rockets Book
By Los Bros. Hernandez

To a very great extent, Love and Rockets is synonymous with Hoppers’ Maggie & Hopey and Palomar’s Luba & Carmen & Heraclio & Tonantzin... but there was always more to L&R than that. Amor Y Cohetes finally collects together in one convenient package all the non-Maggie and non-Palomar stories by all three Hernandez Brothers from that classic first, 50-issue Love and Rockets series — a dizzying array of styles and approaches that re-confirms these groundbreaking cartoonists’ place in the history of comics.

The book leads off with Gilbert’s original 40-page sci-fi epic “BEM” from 1981’s very first issue of Love and Rockets, featuring a very different Luba and a much looser, Heavy Metal- and Marvel Comics-inspired way of storytelling.

Other stories include Jaime’s charming “Rocky and Fumble” series starring a planet-hopping girl and her robot; stunning one-shots such as Gilbert’s Frida Kahlo biography “Frida” and his shocking autobiographical fantasia “My Love Book”; Mario’s genre thrillers which take place “Somewhere in California”; Gilbert’s brutally dystopian “Errata Stigmata” stories; the playful “Hernandez Satyricon,” with Gilbert drawing Jaime’s characters, and “War Paint,” with Jaime trying out Palomar; Gilbert’s light-hearted “Music for Monsters” starring Bang and Inez; and even a fantastical “non-continuity” Maggie and Hopey story “Easter Hunt” by Jaime that didn’t fit into the other books.

Amor Y Cohetes, the seventh (and concluding, for now) volume in the new “Complete Love and Rockets” series of compact, affordable paperbacks, shows a very different side of Los Bros Hernandez.

280-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $16.99
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