Friday, September 21, 2012

Gilbert Hernandez Please Make This Crazy F***ed-up 1970s Kids Show into a Comic

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This is "Outerscope" a puppet-serial aired in the 70s during the VEGETABLE SOUP program on PBS.  I remember the later less-nightmarish version vividly, probably having buried the above version deep in my subconscious.  It was about a group of ethnically diverse kids having adventures in a spaceship they built in an old junkyard or vacant lot, can't recall exactly. What a great all-ages sci-fi, horror comic this would make if adapted into comics by Gilbert Hernandez.

According to tvrage VEGETABLE SOUP aired weekdays from September 1975 to December 1978. Here's a blog post by Nick Sagan that covers some history of VEGETABLE SOUP, "Outerscope," and, "Outerscope 2." This page from IMDBpro provides some names of, people that contributed to the VEGETABLE SOUP program.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: August edition

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review: Greg McElhatton reviews FATIMA 1 for Comic Book Resources.
review: Charles Meier reviews FATIMA 1 for Darling Dork.
review: JK Parkin at Robot 6 gives us three views of FATIMA 1.
review: John Kane of "Savage Critics" reviews FATIMA 1 and 2.
preview: cover and six pages of FATIMA 1 on The Beat. Only Gilbert could be compared, in the same post,  to Jodorowsky, Russ Meyers, Roger Corman, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Fletcher Hanks.
review: Tucker Stone reviews LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES 5 on, he says the Fuck word so watch out.

music: Jen Vaughn of Flog Blog links to music playlists for Jaime's Locas and Gilbert's Palomar.
Love: Jade at the Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore blog, "211 Bernard," shares her prized copy of LRNS 5 signed by all three Hernandez brothers, and a some great Love and Rockets shelf porn from the store!
inspiration: Leela Corman says, in an interview with The Millions, the Hernandez brothers are an influence on her, and her new book UNTERZAKHN.
inspiration: Joseph Lambert shares a panel from his story in NOBROW 7 which was inspired by a panel from Jaime's "Bay of Threes."

scholarly: Derek Royal's "The Hernandez Brothers' Love and Rockets" academic paper can be found here, download requires login via or facebook, though.

clarification: Scott Dunbier said at Comic Con that "Jaime Hernandez turned me down" on the question of doing one of those IDW Artist's Editions on his work, sorry for not catching that for our last links edition. I'd love to beg until Jaime relented as his work looks so much better the bigger it's reproduced, but I really couldn't afford that sort of book. anyway. 

twitter: @amandecherie shares links to that NPR Jaime story, the tweet is in French so that's pretty much why I'm linking.
twitter: Sean P. Belcher tweet links to our book release post.  Hmm...if I link to a tweet that links to the blog from which I'm linking will the internet explode?  Hey kids, click here and find out!
twitter: the mysterious lady cosplayed as Boot Angel at Comic Con has identified herself.
twitter: KH Perkins asks a good question.  Maybe he talks to much about baseball and hemorrhoids in his tweets.
twitter: Jaime's wife tweet links that NPR Jaime story, and Jaime's Comic Con memories news story.
twitter: a couple folks had this Locas trailer from @gal_editora posted on twitter, here's Mauricio Muniz's well-backgrounded posting. Oh, here's another one from Mauricio.
twitter: Jordan Crane + Jaime Hernandez. Why haven't you clicked on the link yet??
twitter: Melanie B. Glover: a hometown fan of Jaime and Locas.
twitter: not a fan of not Jaime.
twitter: news of Gal Editora's Brazillian edition of LOCAS: MAGGIE, A MECANICA, 152 pages, 21x26cm dimensions.
twitter: Eva Marie Saavedra links to a list of "writers of color" on which is the great Gilbert. Sounds vaguely racist to me, but I guess it's meant well.
twitter: John Linton Roberson endorses Gilbert's BIRDLAND.
twitter: Tom Spurgeon is hilarious, and he's the only person to become more well-known after leaving The Comics Journal editorial board.  Well, there's Tom Heintjes and frickin' Frank Young, and...shutting up now.
twitter: this is creepy.
twitter: Oli Arditi writes of his love for Gilbert's work.
twitter: Missed it. Sean T. Collins tweet links to his review of FATIMA 1 at, it's a good one.
twitter: Michael DeForge tweets his thoughts on Gilbert's work.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez Book Release Dates 2012-13

*Gilbert Hernadez THE ADVENTURES OF VENUS now in stock at Fantagraphics. video via
*Jaime Herandez GOD AND SCIENCE now in stock at Fantagraphics. video via
*Gilbert Hernandez MARBLE SEASON due October 2 as per

*Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES 5 due October 5 as per; due in September and available for pre-order now from Fantagraphics

*Jaime Hernandez (excerpt only) BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012 due October as per Jen Vaughn on Flog Blog
*Marc Sobel THE LOVE AND ROCKETS READER: FROM HOPPERS TO PALOMAR due October 24 as per; due tentatively Ocotber 24 as per Fantagraphics
*Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE COVERS due November 21 as per; due tentatively November 21 as per Fantagraphics
*Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti LOVE AND ROCKETS COMPANION: 30 YEARS AND COUNTING due December 21 as per; due tentatively September 26 as per Fantagraphics
*Gilbert Hernandez JULIO'S DAY due January 9, 2013 as per; due tentatively December 7, 2012 as per Fantagraphics
*Gilbert Hernandez NEW TALES OF OLD PALOMAR (hardcover) due out April 10, 2013 as per and
*Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez PETER BAGGE'S OTHER STUFF due out April 13, 2013 as per
*Jaime Hernandez and Todd Hignite THE ART OF JAIME HERNANDEZ available now as a digitial release on Comixology for only 12.99
*Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES 1-4 available now as digital releases from Comixology for 7.99 each

Thanks to Jacq Cohen at Fantagraphics for information regarding their upcoming 2012 Hernandez books.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: Comic Con Overview

Photos: Nice photos and short bios of all three Hernandez brothers on the Special Guest list at the Comic Con website.
List: LA Times "Hero Complex" posts Jaime's "30 Memories from 30 Years of the big Con in San Diego.[...]"  My favorite is #27: "I remember when people were still friendly with Gary Groth." via Comic Reporter
List: Eric Reynolds shares his 30 years of San Diego Comic Con memories, including "Drunk late-night walks with Jaime back to the hotel."
Preview: Comic Book Resources gives us large-size scans of all the Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary t-shirts sold at Comic Con.
Analysis: On the Monday before Comic Con Tom Spurgeon wrote a great "Plea To My Peers" about how fellow comics reporters or reporters should write articles about Los Bros Hernandez and their 30 year legacy in conjuction with the "30th Anniversary" celebration of Love and Rockets and Los Bros.
Follow Up: Jen Vaughn posts links to all the Love and Rockets 30th Anniverary coverage on Flog Blog, an excellent effort (I'm Jealous).
Photos: Jen Vaughn posted many great Los Bros-themed photos from the Con on Flog Blog, including the Fantagraphics staff modeling those popular Love and Rockets t-shirts; Gilbert, Jaime, and Miss Hernandez at one of their signing marathons; screen shot of all three Hernandez Bros. on MTV; another signing with Gilbert and Jaime looking at Chris Duffy; the hated Matt Fraction showing off his LRNS 5, Gilbert sketch, Jacques Tardi book, AND copy of Gary Panter's Dal Tokyo (talent and good taste, what's wrong with this guy!); the only Love and Rockets costumed fan in history, a perfect Boot Angel outfit; and, finally, a nice shot of Jaime and cartoonist Ed Piskor.
Tribute: @TheSindiecate tweet links to a Coleen Coover Gilbert tribute for Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary at Comic Con.
Tribute: Marc Palm tweets a link to the original art to his Jaime tribute for the Comic Con program book. Nice work, @swellzombie.
News: "Celebrating 30 Years of Love and Rockets at Comic-Con International" press release written by Jen Vaughn detailing all the various events and merchandise connected to this anniversary.
News: For history's sake here are all the Los Bros signings scheduled for the Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary celebration at Comic Con. press release by Janice Headley on Flog Blog.
  • Wednesday 7:00pm-8:00pm GNM
  • Thursday 12:00pm-2:00pm GNJM
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm GNJM
  • Friday 10:30am-12:00pm GNJM
  • Friday 2:00pm-3:30pm GNJM
  • Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm GNJM
  • Saturday 3:00pm-5:00pm GNJM
  • Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm GNJM
News: Preview Night (Wednesday) at Comic Con with Tom Spurgeon has him hearing from Fantagraphics that Love and Rockets products were a good seller that night.
News: Publishers Weekly's Calvin Reid writes about Comic Con Preview night.
Weird: Jen Vaughn has the dreaded "meat sweats" with Jacq Cohen and Gilbert at Comic Con Preview night.
Photo: Fantagraphics posts a good photo of Mario and Gilbert at Comic Con Preview night.
Photo: Jody Culkin tweets an excellent father-daughter image from Comic Con Preview night. More photos by Jody here.
Video: Fantagraphics co-publisher, Eric Reynolds, has some choreographic advice for Jaime.
Photo: Los Bros eye-view of the folks waiting in line for a Thursday signing at Comic Con.
Photo: Five photos from Thursday by Mike Baehr, of various Hernandez's, posted on Flog Blog.
Sketch: Kylie Klein garnered a Hopey sketch from Jaime on Thursday at Comic Con.
News: On Thursday @PopCultureHound reported IDW editor Scott Dunbier was interested in publishing a Jaime Artists Edition.
News: AV Club's Noel Murray mentions hearing "that Fantagraphics had to bring in more copies of the new Love and Rockets book because it had sold out its supply by Thursday."
Photo: Sarah Oleksyk captures our favorite LOCAS artist at 2am Friday morning, he's looking a little blurry hope it's just the phone pic!
Photo: Great family portrait posted by Fantagraphics, Carol, N., Gilbert, and Jaime on Friday at Comic Con.
Sketch: Ben Levin got a pensive Maggie sketch from Jaime on Friday at Comic Con and shares it via twitter.
Photo: Gilbert captured in a disturbingly relaxed moment, getting made up for the  Los Bros interview on MTV Friday.
Profile: Peter Rowe writes about "30 years of Love and Rockets" for U-T San Diego on Saturday.
Photos: Mike Baehr posts four photos, on Flog Blog, of Los Bros (and friends) from Saturday and Sunday signings at the Fantagraphics booth.
Photo: Flaming Carrot creator Bob Burden caught in line at a Los Bros signing on Saturday at Comic Con. Didn't know aging cartoonists attracted the babes like it shows in this photo, or should I say intelligent female readers!
Photo: PW Comics World tweets a photo of Jaime and Mario walking at Comic Con on Saturday.
Video: posts the video for the "Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Panel" hosted by Gary Groth and featuring Mario, Gilbert, and Jaime Hernandez.
News: @NorrinR links to a Bleeding Cool report of Los Bros Hernandez all being awarded Inkpot Awards, a first for Mario.
News: Saturday at Comic Con 2012 with Tom Spurgeon has him chastising Gary Groth for only covering the first few years of Love and Rockets at the "30th Anniversary" panel for Los Bros., also Spurgeon counts 200 people at that panel, and news that Mario won an Inkpot Award.
News: Sunday at Comic Con 2012 with Tom Spurgeon, has him talking with Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and Shelton Drum at the Jaime Hernandez signing at the Fantagraphics booth, and the Love and Rockets t-shirts were a "big hit."
Sketch: Sudro Brown II's friend Rob got a sketch of Luba, by Gilbert of course, in his hardcover LUBA book on Sunday.
Profile: Steve Appleford interviews Jaime Hernandez for the Pasadena SUN on Sunday
Analysis: Tom Spurgeon goes over his memories of Comic Con 2012 and at point #9 discusses how the show seemed to go for Los Bros Hernandez.
News: Tom Spurgeon recalls in his final Con article, "Jaime Hernandez suggested a lot of his Locas characters would return in future Love and Rockets stories."
Photos: Jessica Campbell, formerly of D&Q, posts tons of photos from Comic Con 2012 including many quality photos of Gilbert and his immediate family (and, I believe, some questionable photos of Tom Spurgeon. Hmm...).
Memories: Janice Headley talks briefly about second-generation Hernandez, Miss Hernandez, in her Comic Con report for Flog Blog.
Memories: Kate Beaton attended a Comic Con dinner with Gilbert, and she's a fan of his Palomar stories. Please go fall in a hole if I have to explain who Kate Beaton is.
Free: Read the COMIC CON ANNUAL 2012 online with an article on the 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets by Charles Brownstein.
thanks to comics reporter and flogblog for all the great coverage of Los Bros at SAN DIEGO Comic Con 2012.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: Celebrity Twitter Edition

Recently-retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward tweeted from Comic Con International about our favorite cartoonists, Gilbert and Jaime.
Mr. Ward played for the Steelers from 1998-2011, was the MVP of Super Bowl XL, and had a small role as a kick-returner on "The Dark Knight Rises."
image via. (c)2012 Pittsburgh Steelers. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: May 7

news: Mike Baehr at FlogBlog previews the covers to LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES 5, to be released at the upcoming Comic Con International amidst the 30th anniversary festivities for L&R.
news: Mike also showed us that advance copies of GOD & SCIENCE: THE RETURN OF THE TI-GIRLS are in the house and some of you have already (or will) purchased copies at recent conventions.
obituaries: Two more celebrations of the life of Josep Maria Berneguer (1944-2012) by Hernan Migoya and Tom Spurgeon.
news: Chris Mautner's "MoCCA Photo Diary" includes talk from the Fantagraphics table of the above mentioned GOD AND SCIENCE advance copies selling out at that show. Way to go super-sellers.
twitter: Everything you need to know about Jaime and Gilbert's appearance at this years Small Press Expo in Maryland.
twitter: Phil Jackson links to a post of one of those great ads for Fantagraphics original LOVE AND ROCKETS 1, as drawn by Beto.
twitter: @MsMcLallen makes the best of a bad Free Comic Day experience.
twitter: An unattributed quote from Gilbert.
twitter: I love foreign-language tweets, nice one by @Zpravycz.
preview: Apparently Gilbert has an illustration in the upcoming GRAPHIC ELVIS book, not sure if he was included in the Free Comic Book Day version.
preview: LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS by Christopher Irving, Seth Kushner, and Erik Skillman a photo/art book featuring Jaime among many others.
review: Red Clover is tough on Gilbert's SLOTH graphic novel.
a fan's life: a nice piece about her decade of reading LOVE AND ROCKETS by Alicia Korenman in her "Graphic Novelities" column. (Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere)
what the f???: Torsten Adair, at The Beat, writes of his great finds at the recent MoCCA festival, including a fellow named Bob Stevenson who had a 1984 San Diego Con mini-comic titled HOW TO DRAW FLIES with a contribution by Jaime. How's that for obscure?
review: Here's a nice take on Jaime's "The Love Bunglers" by Chris Randle at Back to the World.
review: Nick Gazin's Comic Book Love-In #56.  A short, honest review of Gilbert and Mario's CITIZEN REX hardcover.

Next month should see the release of Gilbert's new fun and gruesome Dark Horse series:
FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS 1 due out June 20, 2012
FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS 2 due out July 18, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Love and Rockets Links: May 1

Fantagraphics co-publisher Eric Reynolds brought sad news of the passing of La Cupula publisher Josep Maria Berenguer, who brought the world Spanish-language editions of LOVE AND ROCKETS and so many other underground and alternative cartoonists. image above: cover to La Cupula edition of Gilbert's LUBA hardcover.
twitter: "Scoop" Sobel digs up the long-awaited collected edition of Gilbert's JULIO'S DAY on Amazon
twitter: Fantagraphics links to Jason doing some Human Diastrophism-era Gilbert characters
twitter: some whining by retailer Secret Headquarters
twitter: Page 45 drumming up some interest in Gilbert's FATIMA
twitter: entrecomics links to their posting of that video interview of Los Bros floating around the internet, includes spanish-language comments by a Juan O.
twitter: Aki gives her view on LOVE AND ROCKETS
twitter: Richie Baez compares Gilbert and David Lynch
twitter: JC Jimenez is reading LOVE FROM THE SHADOWS (I'm jealous, I don't have that one yet)
twitter: Americaware links to an Iowans review of the YEAH! collection
twitter: I like this comment, though I may not agree with it
twitter: Long live the lists of favorite cartoonists with absolutely no context (Hey Fantagraphics where's the Mariscal retrospective book?)
twitter: @juliascheele look for the LOVE AND ROCKETS LIBRARY: THE LOCAS COLLECTION
flogblog: I don't usually link to FlogBlog since anyone who likes Tres Bros should already be reading that everyday. However, it's great news from editor Kim Thompson that Jaime's new 50 pages (or so) are in the house and ready to go for LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES 5.
ebay: Does nobody want a vintage Beto sketch for $10.00? I don't know who's selling it, but everyone should take a look at least.