Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting my favorite comic artist in the world, Jaime Hernandez. Jaime has been writing a comic called Love and Rockets for the last 30+ years with his brothers Gilberto and Mario. Gilberto’s stories focus primarily on a fictional Latin American town called Palomar, while Jaime’s stories are centered around Maggie and Hopey, two queer Latina punks growing up outside of LA. Being able to see queer women of color represented in his comics when I was a teen had a huge influence on my sense of place of place in the world (and that there was a place for me in it). His drawing and inking style have also had a huge influence of my own.
Jaime started drawing when he was in the single digits (age-wise) and never stopped. As far as I can tell, he has never supported himself off of anything BUT his art which is amazing unto itself, especially for an INDIE comic artist. Jaime’s story gives me faith that is it possible to have success as an artist without making creative or political compromises. Hearing him speak about his work yesterday made me want to sit down and reread all of it, and then get back to drawing my own stories.
Photo 1: Jaime and I at the Latino Comics Expo
Photo: Jaime signing my copy of The Death of Speedy, one of my favorite collections
Photo 3: Los Bros Hernandez from left to right: Jaime, Gilberto and Mario
Photo 4: Color cover of The Death of Speedy
Photo 5: Color cover of Issue 24 of Love and Rockets, also the design that’s on my t-shirt
Photo 6: Panel of Maggie and Hopey from inside one of the Love and Rockets comics
If you’re going to buy one Love and Rockets book, I would recommend this one.