Love & Rockets: A conversation with Jaime Hernandez

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 12:00pm

Kelly Writers House

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Hosted by: Natalia Ramos Bellido (C'26)
Co-sponsored by: The Latinx Working GroupAmLitComicsLabThe Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies and the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation
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Jaime Hernandez, co-author of the legendary comic book series Love & Rockets, will be joining Natalia Ramos Bellido for a conversation on the craft of comics and the series' legacy on the medium.



JAIME HERNANDEZ was one of six siblings born and raised in Oxnard, California. His mother passed down a love of comics, which for Jaime became a passion rivaled only by his interest in the burgeoning punk rock scene of 1970s Southern California. Together with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, Jaime co-created the ongoing comic book series Love and Rockets in 1981, which Gilbert and Jaime continue to both write and draw to this day. Jaime’s work began as a perfect (if unlikely) synthesis of the anarchistic, do-it-yourself aesthetic of the punk scene and an elegant cartooning style that recalled masters such as Charles M. Schulz and Alex Toth. Love and Rockets has evolved into one of the great bodies of American literary fiction, spanning five decades and countless high-water marks in the medium’s history. In 2016, Hernandez won the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his graphic novel, The Love Bunglers. In 2017, he (along with Gilbert) was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, and, in 2018, he released his first children’s book, the Aesop Book Prize-winning The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America. He is a lifelong Angeleno.