The Education of Hopey Glass

Overview

A stand-alone graphic novel from the Locas universe.
It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River").
Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions...all the way to the...
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Overview

A stand-alone graphic novel from the Locas universe.
It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River").
Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," an aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions...all the way to the ultimate, and unexpected, consummation. Meanwhile, Hopey spends an eventful week during which she undergoes a couple of major life changes, both personal and professional...and for that matter cosmetic.
New characters include Hopey's long-suffering on-the-side squeeze Grace; Maggie's new roommate, the sweet-natured jockette "Angel of Tarzana;" and the live-wire would-be gangsta Elmer—while such classic Love and Rockets characters as the hard-living Doyle, the ageing but still-rocking Terry, and the mysterious super-heroine Alarma pop up in the margins...As does Maggie, well off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex, Angel's roommate, and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.
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Editorial Reviews

Comics Reporter
“Every single panel can be pulled out and blown up into an arresting visual worthy of the inside covers of any book out there…Jaime Hernandez continues to be one of comics’ great treasures.”
The Village Voice
In the turbulent slipstream between high ‘n’ low, Maggie and Hopey are the state of the art.— R. C. Baker
The Daily Vanguard
A beautiful Love & Rockets collection that serves as a great introduction to the series’ most enduring characters — Hopey and Maggie.— Anita Kinney
The New York Times Book Review
Jaime Hernandez’s comics often provoke bursts of laughter – not necessarily because they’re outright comedic, although they sometimes are, but because they’re so ingeniously constructed.— Douglas Wolk
Wizard
“Hopey’s maturation from punk rocker to reserved teacher’s assistant will send any former punk reeling, while Ray’s haunting tale of murder and lost love will leave you ruminating for days.”
Ed Howard - Only the Cinema
“There is no greater all-around artist in modern comics than Jaime Hernandez, and his recent work builds on his past successes so that his oeuvre as a whole is shaping up to be one of literature's best sustained stories about aging and the shifting of relationships over the course of a life.”
R. C. Baker - The Village Voice
“In the turbulent slipstream between high ‘n’ low, Maggie and Hopey are the state of the art.”
Anita Kinney - The Daily Vanguard
“A beautiful Love & Rockets collection that serves as a great introduction to the series’ most enduring characters — Hopey and Maggie.”
Douglas Wolk - The New York Times Book Review
“Jaime Hernandez’s comics often provoke bursts of laughter – not necessarily because they’re outright comedic, although they sometimes are, but because they’re so ingeniously constructed.”
Publishers Weekly

In this perfect confluence of stunning illustration and gripping narrative, Hernandez returns to his early Love & Rocketsroots with aging punk-rocker Esperanza "Hopey" Glass taking the spotlight in this collection's first half. "Day by Day with Hopey" chronicles a week in the feisty Latina's life as she transitions from tending bar to teaching kindergarten while her low-rent personal life teems with girlfriends who come and go, her lifelong friend and sometime-lover Maggie the only constant. In terms of action or intrigue, not much happens, but Hernandez spins narrative gold from the mundane straw of his protagonist's existence, as Hopey's awkward romantic and social tribulations add more layers to her complex character. The second half features Ray Dominguez, Maggie's long-ago boyfriend, now in his early 407s and still carrying a torch for her. Ray finds himself caught up in a pulp fiction maelstrom hinging on the fallout from a murder and his lust for the gorgeous but borderline-psychotic Vivian, an aspiring actress also known as "Frogmouth," who has her own history with Maggie. Fraught with grimy intrigue that evokes a Chicano Mickey Spillane yarn, the second half of the book comes as an unexpected and pleasant surprise that rivets both old fans and newcomers to the page. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560979395
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Love and Rockets Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.
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