July 18, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Over the course of four decades, San Diego’s Comic-Con International has grown from modest roots to become a powerful marketing machine for Hollywood — so much so that the A-list actors and filmmakers who attend can overshadow the creative professionals doing groundbreaking work in comic books and graphic novels. That’s especially disappointing given that the medium is thriving as never before. With the annual pop culture expo expected to draw more than 125,000 visitors to downtown San Diego this week, the following is a look at 12 vital creators working in different areas of the industry: writing, drawing, coloring and cartooning, some of whom are vying for prizes at the annual Eisner Awards — essentially the Academy Awards of comics — which are handed out at Comic-Con each year. Jordie Bellaire A first-time Eisner nominee this year for her work […]
April 24, 2013 | 1:48 p.m.
Over his 30-plus years as a comic book writer and artist, Gilbert Hernandez has been phenomenally prolific, churning out hundreds of stories in his sprawling “Palomar” saga, mostly originating in the groundbreaking alt-comics periodical “Love and Rockets.” Hernandez’s bibliography is so thick that it’s actually hard to tell newcomers where to start. This year, though, he’s making it easier for neophytes. Hernandez has two new graphic novels on the shelves now: “Julio’s Day,” from Fantagraphics, which begins in 1900 and ends in 2000, telling the story of one man’s life in 100 pages; and “Marble Season,” from Drawn & Quarterly, which follows a young boy named Huey through a typical 1960s Southern California childhood of comic books, TV and getting into trouble with his friends. Hernandez will appear at Skylight Books in Los Feliz on Wednesday to present a slide […]
July 17, 2012 | 4:01 p.m.
In September 1982, Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez published their first Fantagraphics issue of “Love and Rockets” but it premiered first at Comic-Con International in San Diego — and if you do the math you’ll see why this year’s convention was a special one for the illustrious family brand known simply as Los Bros Hernandez. Thirty years in the independent scene have made the Oxnard brothers a signature name at Comic-Con (not to mention the Southern California publishing and art scene) but Jaime Hernandez said it didn’t get off to an auspicious start. “The first time we spotted ‘Love and Rockets’ some guy was already selling it for half-off.” There was a far more impassioned response at the 2012 convention as fans cheered the news about three upcoming Los Bros Hernandez releases (including “Love and Rockets: New Stories” No. 5) and a push into the […]