CONGRATULATIONS GO TO GILBERT HERNANDEZ ON HIS BEING AWARDED A $50,000 UNITED STATES ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP IN THE CATEGORY OF LITERATURE, SPECIFICALLY GILBERT WAS NAMED A 2009 RASMUSON FELLOW ALONG WITH SCOTT CARRIER, PERRY EATON, JUDY PFAFF, AND DARIO ROBLETO.
*A full list of United States Artists fellows for 2009 can be found here, broken down into arts categories and which sub-fellowship they were awarded (evidently the United States Artists fellowships are funded by different donors, hence the Rasmuson fellowship is the USA fellowship funded by that family's generosity).
*As far as I can tell Carolyn Kellogg broke the story in her "Jacket Copy" blog on the LA Times website. She gives details on the actual grant money and on the other winners of the United States Artists fellowship for Literature, but does not mention the Rasmuson fellowship.
*Eric Reynolds, one of Gilbert's publishers at Fantagraphics, posted an announcement on the official Fantagraphics blog.
*Tom Spurgeon and Heidi MacDonald reported further details and congratulations on The Comics Reporter and The Beat, respectively.
*James Bucky Carter offered congratulations to Gilbert and mentioned "little" brother Jaime will be speaking at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on February 23, 2010.
Pictured above, a small intimate party at the Hernandez home the night Gilbert got word of his Rasmuson fellowship, well it could have looked like this anyway. [NSFWorC]