Friday, April 15, 2011

The Art of Jaime Hernandez

Around here, there are few things more exciting than a new addition to the Inkwell Studios library, and the past few weeks have seen some very cool acquisitions. First up: The Art of Jaime Hernandez (Abrams ComicArts). Jaime and brother Gilbert (Los Bros Hernandez) brought punk rock's do-it-yourself ethos to the independent comics movement of the early eighties with Love and Rockets, a careening blend of superheroics, magic realism, sci-fi and soap opera. Each brother had a distinct style; I was particularly drawn to Jaime's linear minimalism. I always admire the guys who do a lot with a little, and Jaime conveys so much energy and emotion, so precisely, with just a few single-weight lines and areas of black.

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