The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death
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The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In 1981 three Mexican-American brothers self-published their first comic book, Love and Rockets, and “changed American cartooning forever” according to Publishers Weekly. Over twenty-five years later it is still being published to critical and commercial success.

Jaime Hernandez’s moving stories chronicle the lives of some of the most memorable and fully formed characters t...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2010)
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you know there's a great bio-pic begging to be made just focusing on the early years of Los Bros: all those great childhood scenes ripped straight from Jaime's "kid's comics", the blending of surfer and latino culture in Oxnard, CA in the 60s/70s, a youth spent devouring comics and then, the explosion of punk rock, culminating in that 1980 Black Flag show at Starwood in LA, where pressed against the back wall by the size of the pit, Jaime thought to himself "...It's the end of the world and I lo...more
I think the text is okay. It's not badly written and I really liked the biographical info and photos but I could take or leave the rest.

I love seeing process work and the unfinished and early art though, so much! I just wish there was more of it. Seeing what my favourite artists drew like before they were all mature and polished is one of my favourite things.
Even though I am a huge L&R fan I don't know if this is a book that I really need to own, but I'm glad I read it.
Lots of great background material - family photos, descriptions of Los Bros Hernandez's life pre-L&R.

Also very nice at showing Jaime's influences and explaining why L&R was so groundbreaking in the world of comics.

The author does an OK job summarizing 30 years of material in one book - but as a fan - I wanted the book to be twice as long as it was.

I had to buy this when I saw that it had the ad for love and rockets from 1985 which I saw then and made me want to read it! (Albeit it took me 25 years to do so). The ad is a lovely picture of (what I now know) Hopey, Maggie, Izzy and Penny in a fake police line up. This book is lovely, first off it contains the Maggie story of her going to visit Rita in her island retreat that wasn't in the reissues. While it was rather jarring to see them all in colour, it was a nice story. The book covers so...more
Mike Jozic
A wonderful book about a wonderful artist. It was a joy to see so many rare pieces of art and original pages from years past. Not only do you get to see many of Hernandez' pages from Love & Rockets, but you get to see them in process, unfinished, or as abandoned concepts. My favourite possibly being a page from "Jerusalem Crickets" circa 1987 where Hopey is writing a letter to Maggie where you get to read the actual letter, as opposed to the page that was used where you see Hopey write the l...more

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This is a wonderful retrospect of Jaime Hernandez and his career in comics, a tale so interesting it could be material for another comic book. Every page with text on it is overflowing with insight as Jaime shares his views on comics and his characters.

Author Todd Hignite has done some intensive research to put everything together. It's filled with comic art, personal sketches, discarded work, story ideas scribbled on notes and other stuff. Lots of covers and pa...more
Feb 27, 2011 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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It's a huge beautiful book detailing a lot of Jamie's early work and influences. The evolution of his characters - and their natural aging - remain one of the most amazing ongoing fictional chronicles I can think of. In the end though, it just makes me want to sit down with a big volume of Locas; it leaves me too hungry for the storytelling. I hate to only give this 4 stars, and I realize it's about Jamie's art, not the Love & Rockets universe. But that narrow scope, wonderful as it is, left...more
Great book about the greatest.
Daniel Poeira
A good book about a great master of comics. The book has tons of inside-look material. There is even a shot of Xaime's working desk, and an explanation of the materials he uses. I wish there were plenty of books like this about other comics artists.
Elisa Carlson
No matter how many times I've read through the L&R canon, I'm still not sure how Jaime Hernandez did it, by which I mean, breathe so much life into these ink patterns.
This is a beautiful book that does a great job of showing off Jaime Hernandez's fabulous drawings while also giving a good sense of his diverse influences.
Wonderful story of Los Hermanos Hernandez and the start of my favorite comic collection, Love & Rockets. Best read this summer!
Checked out of the public library, once, and must again. I love Los Bros. Hernandez and this volume speaks volumes.
Acton J Northrop
This supposed art retrospective book contains a rare full-colour Maggie story. So you're gonna want to get that.
wow, this book is overwhelming and incredible. this is going on my christmas list!
Made me want to reread all his comics.
best. birthday present. ever.
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