The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and DeathHardback
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- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 236mm x 312mm x 30mm | 1,451g
- Publication date: 1 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0810995700
- ISBN 13: 9780810995703
- Illustrations note: 100 colour images
- Sales rank: 136,957
In 1981 two Mexican-American brothers self-published their first comic book, titled "Love and Rockets", and 'changed American cartooning forever' according to "Publishers Weekly". Twenty-five years later it is still being published to critical and commercial success. Hernandez's moving stories chronicle the lives of the most memorable and fully formed characters the comic form has ever seen. His female protagonists, masterfully delineated with humor, candor, and breathtaking realism, come to life within California's Mexican-American culture and punk milieu's heyday. In April 2006 Jaime Hernandez began serialising his work in the "New York Times Magazine", succeeding Chris Ware as the second artist to do so in "Times" history. The notoriously private artist has opened his archives for the first time, revealing never-before-seen sketches, childhood drawings and unpublished work, alongside his most famous "Love and Rockets" material.
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Todd Hignite is an acclaimed comics scholar, and founder and editor of the award-winning publication Comic Art. Alison Bechdel is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the autobiographical graphic novel memoir Fun Home.
"Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the 20th century's most significant comic creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool," Alan Moore. "[Jaime's] stories never fail to entertain, but their claim on literature is due to Hernandez's bracing realism. His virtuoso drawings present characters of intelligence, wit and human frailty who confront each other - and the reader - with such honesty and genuine tenderness that one may find it hard to believe she/he is reading a comic book," Publishers Weekly."