Jamie Hernandez

Jamie Hernandez, the famed co-creator of the Love and Rockets series (with brother Gilbert), also inks solo strips. But whether working alone or in tandem, he’ll always be associated with the ’80s-originated breakout success of L&R. That ongoing franchise has featured heroines Maggie and Hopey from their young punk days to their mature wisdom and current adventures in a slightly skewed L.A. At the same time, L&R has incorporated sci-fi tales, superheroes at the strip mall, and an entire alternate-reality Latin American mythology set in the enchanted village of Palomar (where women are forever strong and sexy, and men forever meek pipsqueaks). It’s a mutable universe that skips between characters at older and younger stages of life, where buxom pro wrestling queens, spaceship mechanics, and touring hardcore bands buoyantly intersect. No one stays lost for long; no grievance goes unforgotten; and deep-fried jungle slugs forever remain a delicacy. Hernandez's work is featured along with that of Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home). BRIAN MILLER

April 4-May 6, 2009

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