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Garcia, Enrique: The Hernandez Brothers. Love, Rockets, and Alternative Comics. Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. (175 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780822964926
BibTeX citation key: Garcia2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Love and Rockets", Alternative Comics, Ethnizität, Hernandez. Gilbert, Hernandez. Jaime, Intertextualität, Interview, Parodie, USA
Creators: Garcia
Publisher: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh)
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Abstract
This study offers a critical examination of the work of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Mexican-American brothers whose graphic novels are highly influential. The Hernandez brothers started in the alt-comics scene, where their ‘Love and Rockets’ series quickly gained prominence. They have since published in more mainstream venues but have maintained an outsider status based on their own background and the content of their work. Enrique García argues that the Hernandez brothers have worked to create a new American graphic storytelling that, while still in touch with mainstream genres, provides a transgressive alternative from an aesthetic, gender, and ethnic perspective. The brothers were able to experiment with and modify these genres by taking advantage of the editorial freedom of independent publishing. This freedom also allowed them to explore issues of ethnic and gender identity in transgressive ways. Their depictions of latinidad and sexuality push against the edicts of mainstream Anglophone culture, but they also defy many Latino perceptions of life, politics, and self-representation. The book concludes with an in-depth interview with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez that touches on and goes beyond the themes explored in the book.

Table of Contents

Preface: My Poison River Fiasco (ix)
Acknowledgments (xiii)
Introduction (1)

Spotlight 1: Marble Season: Growing Up with Comics (25)
1. Subverting the Intertextual Comic Book Corporate Structure (27)
Spotlight 2: Robots in Jaime’s “Rocky” stories and Gilbert’s Citizen Rex (65)
2. The Revision of Latino Experience through Comic Book Genres and Soap Opera Devices in Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas Sagas (68)
Spotlight 3: “Chiro the Indian” (from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1, vol. 1) (115)
3. Interview with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (117)

Notes (135)
Bibliography (155)
Index (165)


  
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