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Sobel, Marc: The Love and Rockets Reader. From Hoppers to Palomar. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2014.
|Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60699-592-1
BibTeX citation key: Sobel2014
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Keywords: "Birdland", "Brain Capers", "Love and Rockets", Alternative Comics, Hernandez. Gilbert, Hernandez. Jaime, Hernandez. Mario, Kommentar, USA
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar started as a series of blog posts attempting to answer the deceptively simple question: “what makes Love and Rockets so great?” Over the next six years, it quickly grew into a meticulously researched study containing in-depth analysis of and commentary on the series. Author Marc Sobel delves into the comics’ themes, symbols and influences, as well as the Hernandez Brothers’ artistic development.
Organized into seven main chapters, one for each of the first seven Love and Rockets trade paperback collections (representing the original Love and Rockets Vol. I), the book also includes: the comics’ origins in the Hernandez Brothers’ roots, such as their involvement in the Southern California punk scene, their adventures in self-publishing, and their vital partnership with Fantagraphics; an examination of the Hernandez Brothers’ ill-fated Mister X (a science-fiction series) collaboration; a review of Mario’s solo book, Brain Capers; and a paradigm-changing analysis of Gilbert’s vastly underappreciated erotic graphic novel, Birdland. As an “extra,” The Love and Rockets Reader also includes Jaime’s very first published work: the never-before-reprinted four-page story, “Another Time, Another Place,” from 1977.
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