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Havin' a Locas Christmas! [25 Dec 2010|04:46pm]

a_tannenbaum
Merry Xmas, everyone!


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THE WEREWOLF OF HOPPERS [23 Jun 2010|09:29pm]

a_tannenbaum
Terry Downe

It's 11:59 on a rough night in Hoppers, and Daffy wants to stay alive. Terry doesn't care; she wants to tear somebody a new one.

This is from a not very good photo of a classic Locas poster; Ray, Hopey, and Maggie are in it too, but they wouldn't fit here. I had to play with it a lot to get it this good. Even at less than 100%, it's still a classic image.
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This Post is Full of Hopey [14 Jun 2010|08:32pm]

a_tannenbaum
What it says...and other stuff, too.
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I have more, but that will do for now. Just keep clicking to enlarge.

I may be the world's biggest (only?) Terry fan, but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the Hopemeister and I hope her many fans will be satisfied. It's kind of hard to decide which is her cutest look, isn't it?

Also, if it's still in your neighborhood, you MUST see "The Runaways." In some ways it's pretty much a standard biopic, but it gives an eerily accurate representation of the late 70's, right down to the hair and the decor. I was there, so I KNOW. As Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart gives one of the finest performances by a young actress in years; you can really believe that this kid she's playing would go on to be a star. I got a lot of "Locas" rushes while I was watching it, and I kept thinking of Hopey and especially Terry. It's fun, so go see it.
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Jaime Apperances and Scans [08 Apr 2010|04:17pm]

a_tannenbaum
Two pieces of news:

1. For fans in the NYC area, Jaime will be appearing tomorrow at Jim Hanley's, 4 West 33rd Street, NYC, beginning at 6 PM. he will also be at the Museum of Comic Art festival on the 10th and 11th at 68 Lexington Ave, NY. The hours are 12-5. Wish I could be there.

2. Here's a great resource for L & R scans: http://www.comicartfans.com
Just enter Jaime or Gilbert Hernandez in the search area, hit enter, and watch the gems appear. Lots of Hopey, Maggie, and all the gang.
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Books and Movies [24 Mar 2010|09:25pm]

a_tannenbaum
Two bits of news:

1. There is a new collection of Jaime's stuff out, an oversize hardcover called 'The Art of Jaime Hernandez.' No, it's not just another repackaging of familiar stuff: there's tons of work in there that you can't find anywhere else, including posters, magazine covers, early work, doodles, the complete Maggie and Rena story from the New York Times, and even pages of never published and/or never completed Locas stories. Also, there is a lot on how Jaime works--what materials he uses, how he lays out the pages, how he works with color, and also how his drawing and the writing overlap and affect each other. It's great for people who not only love his art but are also into the technical side of cartooning. It's $40, which is not really too bad for an oversize hardcover.

2. As you may have noticed, the new movie 'The Runaways' has come out. I have not seen it but am, of course, anxious to do so because of my unbounded admiration for Saint Joan. I hope it does well, because if so then it might open up producers to the idea of doing more pictures on the punk era...and what could be better material than Locas? Jaime has been kicking ideas back and forth for years with producers, but maybe this is an idea whose time has finally come.
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More gorgeous Hernandez art [08 Mar 2010|10:22pm]

a_tannenbaum
And here's another one. This link includes album covers, Jaime's Spider Jerusalem stuff, and a full-color story featuring Vakka Boom--a character Jaime never developed, but who seems like a cross between Terry and Monica with some Spider Jerusalem thrown in. Oh, yeah, and there's a great cover with Maggie and Will Eisner's Spirit!
http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/950748.html?#cutid1
Have fun!
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Terrific Jaime Art Link [08 Mar 2010|10:02pm]

a_tannenbaum
Scans Daily posts some L & R stuff sometimes, and here is a link to some terrific Jaime art, including a gallery of superheroines and our own Maggie & Hopey. There's lots of Wonder Woman, and a great full color shot of Angel. Enjoy.
http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1669901.html
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Exam Time! [03 Mar 2010|10:03pm]

a_tannenbaum
I have lots of L & R stuff swimming around in my head, as usual. I had one of my insomnia attacks the other night, so to pass the time I read most of "Maggie the Mechanic" and "The Girl From H.O.P.P.E.R.S." I'm still amazed at how well it holds up and how many things I keep noticing. "Flies on the Ceiling," in particular, is brilliant. What a great film that story alone would make.

Do you realize that there are academic courses that use Love & Rockets? In fact, here is a study guide/test I found online:
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Random Locas thoughts [17 Jan 2010|06:22pm]

a_tannenbaum
Here are some things that have been rattling around inside my head lately:

1. Back in 2005, a blogger critic named Sean T. Collins wrote a very unfavorable review of Jaime's big "Locas" hardcover in issue 268 of The Comics Journal. I've seen some excerpts of the review and it did look kind of interesting, but I can't find a link online to the whole thing. Does anybody have any ideas about where I could find a link or a full scan?

2. I was just reading an old review of the old movie "Cabaret," and as I was reading it I suddenly realized who could have played Hopey perfectly: the young Liza Minnelli. Most of you may know Ms. Minnelli now as a Vegas-and-tabloids camp queen, but when she was young she was much, much more than that. She had a ton of talent. She could sing, she could dance, she could be very funny, she was very attractive (she was petite and wore her hair short, like Hopita), and she could project a dangerous, crazy sexiness too. And as we all know, dangerous, crazy sexiness IS La Hopey. And if you don't think I'm right about Liza, just go watch her in "Cabaret."

3. You know you're a hardcore fan when you start to ponder the musical influences on a completely imaginary band. The band in question is, of course, La Llorona [Missiles of October, Capri Nights, Soul Train Line, The Ronkies]. Jaime knows his music, and the many musical references in Locas show that. But imagine my surprise when I learned that "Two Faces Have I" ("Do Vases Have Eyes?" to Hopey) was a real song by a real singer, one Lou Christie. Christie was a big star in the early 60's ("Lighting Strikes," etc), an exponent of the Frankie Valli tight-underwear school of male vocals. I guess La Llorona is doing Christie's old song in a punk style. That would be very interesting musically, but hard to pull off unless the band is really talented--which La Llorona is not, except for Terry. The number says something about the vocalist, too. Christie was a guy, but he could also sing REAL high--some of the time, anyway. Maybe that fits Monica's vocal talents, as well as her/his androgynous inclinations. There is a bit in the song where Christie sings with just the drum behind him; maybe Monica could sing it OK, but she'd need Zero to keep a steady beat behind her. Why don't I think he can do that?

I wondered who picked the song for the band, though. Not Hopey, obviously. Monica? She seems to be most into Elvis, though, especially his awful lounge-lizard phase. I think Terry picked the song, actually. First of all, punk-styling an old song like that is an ambitious thing to do for a beginning band, and we know that Terry has very high musical ambitions. Second, Terry is probably pretty familiar with the white-boy pop and garage rock of the late 50's and early 60's, which was Christie's era and genre. The first song Terry learns to play is "Louie, Louie," the great old white-boy trash classic. The definitive version of that number was done in 1963 by the Kingsmen, contemporary with Christie.

I even think I can guess where, when, and how Terry heard "Louie, Louie." Many people covered the song, including The Stooges and Motorhead in the 70's, but the movie "Animal House" came out in 1978. It was widely released and it really took "Louie, Louie" to a whole new generation, including me. In 1978-79, Terry and Hopey were still together, so my guess is that Terry picked the number up when she saw the picture. The guitar solo in it would appeal to her, among other things.

So, how's that for musical detective work?
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Submitted for Your Approval [13 Jan 2010|02:16pm]

a_tannenbaum
I've been doing some Locas character profiles for comicvine.com. Here are some links:
http://www.comicvine.com/maggie-chascarillo/29-51620/
http://www.comicvine.com/izzy-reubens/29-51622/
http://www.comicvine.com/hopey-glass/29-51621/
http://www.comicvine.com/terry-downe/29-51625/

I'd really like to know what you all think of these. They are going to be online references for Jaime's characters, so accuracy is important.
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More Locas Picture Fun [02 Jan 2010|10:20pm]

a_tannenbaum
Just to prove that Terry isn't the only character I like, here are some more Locas images I've found for you (check beneath the cut):
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I hope you like them, there will be more to come.
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Happy Locas New Year--Massive Terry Pic Post [30 Dec 2009|08:30pm]

a_tannenbaum
To help celebrate the New Year, I have posted some scans of selected moments from "Locas" classics of the past, showing my favorite Loca at her best and worst. Oh, yes, there's plenty of Hopey, too.

1. Terry, Maggie, and Lois, or It's Not Rape if it Makes Terry Laugh
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2. Secrets of Life and Death, or Terry Hears the Footsteps of Doom
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3. Locas in Rehearsal, or The Mask Slips
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4. Tear It Up, Terry Downe, or I'm Not Going To Let You Feel My F***ing Pain--I'd Rather Inflict Some On You
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There's much more to come in future posts, including lots of Maggie, Hopey, Ray, Viv, etc.

Happy New Year, all.
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That's What It's All About, Terry Downe: A Love & Rockets Christmas [25 Dec 2009|03:03pm]

a_tannenbaum
Lights, please.

I guess we all know Linus' speech by now. He says it for the benefit of Charlie Brown, the most unpopular person in that little world they both inhabit. To tell the truth, Charlie Brown's unpopularity is deserved. He is so desperate for approval, so eager to please other people, that he has no character or backbone of his own. By trying so hard to be liked, he simply earns universal contempt. His own creator, Schulz, didn't think much more highly of him than the kids did.

This puts me in mind of another universally detested comic strip character, one whose odiousness is much more active, conscious, and malicious than that of poor old wishy-washy Charlie Brown:

Terry Downe

Terry Downe doesn't care what other people think about her, and she often goes out of her way to be offensive and show her contempt for everyone and everything but herself. She's plumbed the punk depths--drugs, sex, violence, the whole deal.

Yet why does this little memory/wish/fantasy/fear pop into Terry's head when she's up there on stage with the 40 Thieves? Can it be that there's something in that December story for her, too, much though she might like to forget it and repress it? She's spent her life saying "Bah f****** humbug;" but does she, too, desire something that she's lost or never even had? It's kind of odd, isn't it, that the two most God-haunted people in Love and Rockets are also the two who have also been closest to the heart of evil--Izzy Ortiz and Terry Downe.

Christmas isn't just for the saintly Linuses and Maggies in this world, you know. In fact, it means much, much more for the Charlie Browns and Terry Downes. It's easy for us to love and forgive Maggie, isn't it? But who but God can love and forgive unlovable people? They're the ones that it's really all about.

And let's not kid ourselves. In our hearts, aren't we all a lot more like Charlie and Terry anyway? So if there can be good news even for those two, then there's good news for the rest of us, too.

Merry Christmas, everybody.
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A DAY IN THE LIFE [31 Jul 2009|12:27am]

a_tannenbaum
This isn't exactly fan fiction, I guess; more like a doodle that I did as a gag. Anyway, take a look at some typical pages from

RAY D'S JOURNAL:
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PS: I don't own poor Ray, of course, Jaime Hernandez does. (Don't sue me please!)
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Sympathy for the Devil, a Terry Downe Fan Manifesto [18 Jul 2009|05:25pm]

a_tannenbaum
We all have our favorite L & R characters. Maggie is very popular, and deservedly so. She's convincingly good without being boring or too saintly, and there aren't many characters like that in fiction. Hopey is popular, and why not? She's funny and sexy, and she actually has the guts to do the kind of things most of us are too cowardly to do. I don't know how popular Ray really is, but he's the kind of confused, neurotic guy that a lot of men can understand and identify with--sort of a Mexican-American Woody Allen without the pretentiousness.

Those three are all main characters, and we all love or at least like them. Yet many of us also have particular favorites who are only secondary or even tertiary characters. Doyle seems to have a surprising number of fans, and practically everyone likes poor, sweet, underutilized Daphne Matsumoto. Of the minor characters, I am especially fond of Diablo Blanco, Tom-Tom (She-Man), Milena Loznika, and Mike Tran (Mike the Viet Cong).

But why do we like a specific character? What about them makes them stick in our heads and mean something to us? Taking my own preferences as a test case, why do I like Terry Downe, one of the most dislikeable people in Hoppers? She's as close to a thoroughly bad person as Jaime Hernandez has ever created, and in plot terms she serves as the villainess for a good half of the Locas cycle. So what gives?
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Well, that's my manifesto for MY favorite character. Who's yours? Daffy? Izzy? Danita? Now's the time to speak up.
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RBT [09 Jul 2009|09:19pm]

el_hombre
ROBOT
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Punk Musical Tribute to Maggie and the Locas [06 Jul 2009|08:01pm]

a_tannenbaum
There is, apparently, a fairly well-known punkabilly band out of Memphis called Lucero.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucero_(band)

I haven't heard any of their stuff, but among their recent numbers is a song called "The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo. " The lyrics are a fitting tribute to our favorite punkette, and all the rest of the Hoppers gang (copyright by Lucero, of course):
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Lucero is due to make a major label debut soon, or so the online talk is, and I think they may still be tinkering with this song. I don't have audio on my system here at home, but if people google the song or the band you should be able to find downloads of various versions.

I think this is all wonderfully appropriate. Lucero is a punkbilly group and they're in Memphis, so I can picture Terry sitting in on guitar and a stoned Monica dressed as 70's Elvis as the guest vocalist.
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New L & R Website [06 Jul 2009|07:43pm]

a_tannenbaum
Just to add to the new L & R summer, I discovered a new L & R website out of the University of Michigan. There's some over-academic criticism on the site, but some good images as well and some fun links, including several interviews with Los Hermanos.

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/losbroshernandez/home

Have fun!
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Upcoming Hernandez Releases! New Stuff! [23 Jun 2009|12:50pm]

rebcake
Hey ho, everybody! There are going to be two new comics works by Los Bros. Hernandez coming out this summer!

Issue No. 1 of a new title by Mario & Gilbert,
Citizen Rex, published by Dark Horse, comes out on July 15. This is a 6-issue mini-series, somewhat in the style of previous collaborations, such as Twitch City.

The second annual
Love & Rockets: New Stories, with over 100 pages of (what else?) new stories by Jaime and Gilbert, is scheduled to come out in August. Last year, there were limited copies available at publisher Fantagraphics Books' booth at the San Diego Comic-Con prior to the "official" release date, so stop by if you'll be there.

Don't you just love summertime?
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[19 Apr 2009|08:18pm]

smokinjones
does anyone have any idea when the next volume of Love and Rockets is slated for release? are they even planning to release anything new in the next two years?
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