Locas: A Love & Rockets Book

Locas: A Love & Rockets Book

by Jaime Hernandez
     
 

One of the great American novels of the last 30 years, graphic or otherwise. Created over 15 years from 1981-96 in the pages of the legendary comic Love and Rockets and collected here in a giant deluxe hardcover.
One of the most humane, graceful and imaginatively inexhaustible artists in American popular culture, Jaime Hernandez has created in Locas one of the

Overview

One of the great American novels of the last 30 years, graphic or otherwise. Created over 15 years from 1981-96 in the pages of the legendary comic Love and Rockets and collected here in a giant deluxe hardcover.
One of the most humane, graceful and imaginatively inexhaustible artists in American popular culture, Jaime Hernandez has created in Locas one of the great American novels of the last 30 years, graphic or otherwise. Created over 15 years from 1981 to 1996 in the pages of the legendary comic book series Love and Rockets, Locas tells the story of Maggie Chascarrillo, a bisexual, Mexican-American woman attempting to define herself in a community rife with class, race and gender issues.
Maggie's story begins in the early-1980s Southern California rock scene, when it was shifting from the excesses of the 1970s to the gritty basics of punk and new wave. Hardcore punk rock came to the fore, and the teenaged Maggie finds herself drawn to the anarchy, energy and diversity of the scene, which in Jaime's hands becomes a very real, habitable place populated with authentic human beings rather than stereotypes. She quickly befriends Hopey Glass, a feisty anti-authoritarian punkette who quickly becomes Maggie's on-again, off-again lover and a constant presence in her life throughout the book.
As the New York Times Book Review has described it, "These stories have all the visual smarts of film and the narrative smarts of literature....Hernandez specializes in psychological detail; we see both text and subtext immediately ....What better than to open a book that shows there is more going on than we dream of in our workaday philosophies?"

Editorial Reviews

Kate Izquidero
“A perfect introduction to the Love and Rockets universe for newcomers and an awesome addition for longtime fans looking to beef up their collection.”
John Hodgman - The New York Times Book Review
“Simply essential... I've read Jaime Hernandez's work almost as long as its been published, but only when you feel the weight of this thing in your hand do you appreciate its accomplishment. When you make a list of all the things Hernandez writes and draws better than pretty much anyone—Chicano culture across all the classes, the '80s punk scene, the inner lives of women, the inner lives of men, women's wrestling, love and, er, rockets—it's hard not to suspect him of secretly being 10 brilliant artists and writers, or just one of the most talented artists our polygot culture has produced.”
Jeff Jensen - Entertainment Weekly
“Evoking Bridget Jones by way of Dickens and García Márquez, Locas is magic, real, and literate — and fun to look at, too. Grade: 'A'.”
Salon.com
“The release of the year... one that stretches across decades, like the great domestic mysteries that have sustained literary culture for millennia.”
Booklist
“Jaime's characters are so convincing and his stories so compelling that it is easy to overlook his greatest strength: the most economically handsome drawing style in comics.”
Bookslut
“At once intimate and epic... one of the great milestones in comics history.”
R. C. Baker - The Village Voice
“In the turbulent slipstream between high 'n' low, Maggie and Hopey are the state of the art.”
Rolling Stone
“American fiction's best kept secret.”
The Nation
“Hernandez's Locas plunged me into a comics ecstasy I hadn't known since I was 10.”
Whitney Matheson - USA Today
“A fluid, multifaceted portrait that at times feels more like a film than a graphic novel.”
Robert Ito - Los Angeles Magazine
“Jaime's black-and-white panels are so stunning that it's easy to overlook their humanity and grand scope. Locas is the perfect way to enjoy two decades' worth of some of the best fiction created in any genre.”
The Washington Post
“A high point in the comics form, conventional in idiom, but not comparable to any strips before it.”
Trina Robbins
“No other man in or out of the field understands women the way [Hernandez] does. Love & Rockets is the one book I always recommend to my female friends who've never read a comic before.”
L.A. Weekly
“Jaime's Maggie is one of the great characters in contemporary American fiction.”
Alan Moore
“Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool.”
Everett True - Plan B
“The world that Jaime Hernandez created is so believable, so fluent, so filled with minor trivialities, arguments, passion and stories it sometimes feels more real that the world outside. To call it a classic comic is to underestimate its impact and importance—this is classic art.”
Aysha Pamukcu - Plasma Pool
“700 pages of punk rock, heartbreak, and self-discovery. Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories presents Jaime Hernandez's indie masterpiece in the entirety of its run between 1981 to 1996... a serious contender for the American comic canon.”
John Hodgman
You might be able to tell that I've read Jaime Hernandez's work almost as long as it's been published, but only when you feel the weight of this thing in your hand do you appreciate its accomplishment. When you make a list of all the things Hernandez draws and writes and knows better than pretty much anyone -- Chicano culture across all classes, the 80's punk scene, the inner lives of women, the inner lives of men, women's wrestling, love and, er, rockets -- it's hard not to suspect him of secretly being 10 brilliant artists and writers, or just one of the most talented artists our polyglot culture has produced.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
These superb stories from the nearly 20-year run of Love and Rockets define a world of Hispanic gang warfare, '80s California, punk rock, women wrestlers and the subtle battle to stay true to oneself. Hernandez's main characters are Maggie and Hopey, two adorable lesbian rockers who start out in a somewhat vague relationship and are then are separated by adventures both grand and demeaning. Maggie is a magnificent comics character, a tempestuous naif who wears her heart on her sleeve when she's not throwing it at a succession of bad boys who ignore her, even though Hopey is secretly the love of Maggie's life. Hopey, a mohawked imp, is more opaque, a symbol of the youthful rebellion of punk rock that all the characters are trying to return to in some way, even as real life sweeps them further away from their dreams. Maggie's weight gain over the years sends her self-esteem on a downward spiral, while Hopey goes on an endless tour with a band. Along the way, Hernandez gradually peels away the strip's early sci-fi trappings (dinosaurs and rocket ships) to create a devastatingly naturalistic world. Sharp b&w drawings capture the characters in minute detail with a wide range of emotions. Finally collected into one volume, these stories are among the greatest comics ever put to paper, and an essential piece of the literature of the punk movement. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560976110
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
10/31/2004
Series:
Love and Rockets Series
Pages:
780
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.80(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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