Our crews in our branches and warehouses are beavering away mining comics goodness for you to browse on the shelves tomorrow. Some cool releases in among them, but there’s one that stood out for me, not just because it’s a very large, red-jacketed hardback so it physically does stand out, but because it’s a book a lot of us have been waiting for – The Art of Jaime Hernandez.
Art by Jaimes Hernandez, one of the best, most influential comics creators on the planet; hell, Los Bros Hernandez even get read and enjoyed by people I know who would never consider themselves comics readers, but Love & Rockets they can’t resist… Finished work, sketches, layouts and designs, it’s a large, well produced hardback volume from Abrams full of glorious Jaime artwork, with text by the brilliant Todd Hignite and an intro by Alison Bechdel.
(sketch work by and (c) Jaime Hernandez)
Let me just repeat that to your stunned brain: Hernandez, Hignite, Bechdel, glorious big art book. Want is not a strong enough term. Desire, perhaps. Covet. Need. By the great Four Color Gods, comics life just doesn’t get better than this…
(a colouring guide for Love and Rockets volume 2, number 7 (above) and the finished, gorgeously clear picture (below), both by and (c)Jaime Hernandez)
(to heck with Roy Lichtenstein, this is real pop art!)