Art of Jaime Hernandez

Art of Jaime Hernandez

The Secrets of Life and Death

By Jaime Hernandez; M. Todd Hignite; Todd Hignite

Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9780810995703, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2010


In 1981 three Mexican-American brothers self-published their first comic book, Love and Rockets, and “changed American cartooning forever” according to Publishers Weekly. Over twenty-five years later it is still being published to critical and commercial success.

Jaime Hernandez’s moving stories chronicle the lives of some of the most memorable and fully formed characters the comics 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.

In April 2006 Hernandez began serializing his work with the New York Times Magazine—all of which will be collected here in full color. 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artist has opened his archives for the first time, revealing never-before-seen sketches, childhood drawings, and unpublished work, alongside his most famous Love and Rockets material.

Praise for The Art of Jaime Hernandez:
"The Art of Jaime Hernandez is proof of what I've been trying to convince comics artists to do for thirty years. FEWER lines and less technique with more 'human interest' was, and should still be, the way to approach our craft. Bravo, Jaime, for your body of work! Continue to be yourself." 
J-- ohn Romita Sr., artist, The Amazing Spider-Man

About the Author
Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.

D. B. Dowd is professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis and illustrator and director at Ulcer City Studio. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Todd Hignite is founding editor of Comic Art magazine and author of In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.