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You probably know this already, but just in case you haven't noticed Maggie and Hoppie are back!
posted by rdr (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
It was news to me. I've always wanted to read Love and Rockets in full, but I didn't have the good taste in the '80s to buy those books. (I did, however, buy the entire run of Secret Wars, Secret Wars II and Crisis on Infinite Earths. Draw your own conclusions.)
posted by rcade at 6:58 AM on June 11, 2001


ooh. I wonder if it will be as good. L&R, along with college radio, got me through my mid to late teens and early twenties. I wonder if I can still relate...
I'll be running out to the comics shop at lunch to get it...WhooHoo!!
posted by black8 at 8:56 AM on June 11, 2001


Hoppie? Hmm, it describes her bedroom habits well, but usually it's Hopey, an anglicization of her Spanish name, Esperanza.

rdr, a little more description of the link would be fairer to front-page readers.
posted by dhartung at 12:24 PM on June 11, 2001


Indeed. I clicked the link without a clue as to what rdr was talking about, and saw some inscrutable comic strip thing that clearly had meaning to somebody, just not me.

Of course, I am far removed from the heart of coolness, so I'm maybe not the best guy to appreciate this link. Is it something I should know about as a late-30's white American male?
posted by briank at 12:28 PM on June 11, 2001


Is it something I should know about as a late-30's white American male?

No.

(Coming from a mid-30's white British male who worked back through the URL and then forwards again to find out what it was all about.)
posted by andrew cooke at 1:50 PM on June 11, 2001


Is it something I should know about as a late-30's white American male?

If you mean is it something you can expect to have heard about from the mainstream media, like "Titanic" or Pauly Shore, no. If you mean is it something worth knowing about as a noteworthy work of art and literature in what I presume to be your native language, yes.

"It" being Love and Rockets, of course.

If you meant something else, forgive me my confusion.
posted by sudama at 2:07 PM on June 11, 2001


If you mean is it something worth knowing about as a noteworthy work of art and literature in what I presume to be your native language, yes.

Oh, I'll bite the bullet: why? (thanks in advance)
posted by hijinx at 3:37 PM on June 11, 2001


Everybody can name a few songs or movies that end up in every critic's top-ten list. Love & Rockets is like that in the comics world, and with good reason. It's arguably one of the finest pieces of sequential art ever created. Give it a try. L&R is often used to introduce adults to comics because it's so accessible and just plain well-done.
posted by frykitty at 3:44 PM on June 11, 2001


It is a sopa de gran peña.
posted by rodii at 5:04 PM on June 11, 2001


dhartung is right. I misspelled Hopey's name and I didn't put enough information in my original post. The only excuse I can think of for writing Hoppie instead of Hopey is I was thinking of Maggie and Hoppers but that's a pretty weak excuse. Why should anyone care about Love and Rockets? It's good. It's entertaining. The brothers Hernandez manage to build multidimensional characters with a small number of words, some lines, and shading. Here's some salon links: one, two. L&R has got strong, sexy women and rockets. What more could one want from a comic? When I posted the link I just wanted people who cared about it to know that the series is being published again after a long hiatus but if you haven't read L&R you might want to try it. You might like it.
posted by rdr at 7:12 PM on June 11, 2001


Is it something I should know about as a late-30's white American male?

Only if you were into comic books as a teen. Love & Rockets was one of the most acclaimed comics of the '80s, though the subject matter, tone and maturity of the work is a far cry from what most people think of as a comic. I would compare it to some of the best magic realism novels that I've read, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude.
posted by rcade at 3:07 AM on June 12, 2001


Coming from a mid-30's white British male

Andrew, I read Love and Rockets as part of Deadline magazine. This British publication was best known for debuting Tank Girl, which was later made into a pretty appalling film. I don't quite qualify to be in my thirties yet, though. (I'm in denial for another couple of months).
posted by viama at 5:29 AM on June 12, 2001


So: Jaime or Beto? Who'd win (tm)?


(Beto)
posted by rodii at 7:47 AM on June 12, 2001


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