Get to Know Your Keynote Speaker: Jaime Hernandez

 Jaime Hernandez (co-creator of Love & Rockets) in Conversation with Charles Hatfield

Sunday, February 16th at Helms Bakery

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of Love & Rockets, Penny Century, and Whoa Nellie, comics that gave comics and graphic novels their edge in the eighties for the first time since the late sixties. Jaime split drawing and writing duties with his brother, Gilbert, and the two explored entirely different sides of Latino culture, Los Angeles music scenes, and human sexuality. The brothers Jaime, Gilbert and Mario self-published the first issue of Love & Rockets, “Maggie the Mechanic,” in 1981, but the comic shot into national attention when they submitted it to The Comic Journal for critique and instead found themselves with a publishing deal with editor Gary Groth’s Fantagraphics Books.

While Gilbert set his Love & Rockets stories in Palomar, a fictional town in Mexico, Jaime set his imagination loose on Hoppers, which is a fictional parallel to the Oxnard barrio where he and his brother grew up. Those storylines center on the Locas, particularly Hopey Glass and Maggie Chascarillo, who are on-again/off-again lovers and friends that navigate death, breakdowns, pregnancy, jobs, and growing old. Love & Rockets published the final, 11th volume in 1996.

Jaime will be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, an Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. Hatfield has been published extensively in academic journal and comic trade publications (including the very same Comics Journal!) about graphic novels and alternative comics. The two will discuss the birth and evolution of the alternative comics genre, discuss Jaime’s prolific body of work, and shoot the shit.

By Travis Barnes of DUM DUM Zine

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