|Umpteen Millionaire Club: Discussion Questions for The Love Bunglers|
|Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Umpteen Millionaire Club, The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez||26 Jun 2014 11:43 AM|
[The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Caroline Sibila, Lucy Kiester, and Daniel Johnson put together this set of questions. As this is intended for those who have read the book and contains spoilers, questions can be found behind the jump. - Ed.]
Jaime Hernandez's The Love Bunglers focuses on Maggie (a.k.a. Perla) Chascarrillo: the graphic novel is full of her old friends, estranged family members, and visits to art exhibitions. Maggie's present is interspersed with flashbacks to the Chascarrillo family's brief move to Cadezza and fraught return to Hoppers. Hernandez's expressive art depicts relationships evolving, and adds new dimensions to older stories. The Love Bunglers serves as both an extension of and an introduction to the Love and Rockets universe.
- If this is the first book in the Love and Rockets series you've read, what are your impressions?
- What does the plant dream symbolize?
- Did Maggie suspect her father's affair from the beginning?
- Why doesn't Maggie seem to care about her "potential?"
- Why doesn't Maggie's mother want to see the problems happening to the family?
- Why is Maggie reluctant to be with Ray?
- What do you think her interest in Reno stems from?
- Aside from those offered by the characters, what other reasons could there be for why Maggie couldn't leave the house in "Return for Me?"
- Do you think Ray ends up donating sperm to Maggie's friend Hopey?
- What sort of life did Calvin live between the times we saw him in the book?
- What are some of the recurring images and symbols in Love Bunglers: for example, Calvin and sticks?
- Pick a sequence and explain the visual techniques Hernandez uses to build dramatic tension. One possible sequence: pp. 45-48.