The “Love and Rockets” Co-Creator Shows and Discusses the Silver Age Comics and Artists Who Influenced Him in his Childhood
Gilbert Hernandez presented his new book Marble Season at Skylight Book Shop in Hollywood to a packed house. The popular comic artist and his brother were both on hand to sign books for the large crowd of fans, who not only bought his new book, but brought a lot of other memorabilia to get signed. Marble Season is Gilbert’s first graphic novel to be published by Drawn and Quarterly. Mr. Hernandez gave a slide show presentation and talked about the silver age comic books and their artists who were the greatest influence on him as a child.
Marble Season is the all-new semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar, and co-creator of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series, along with his brothers Jaime and Mario. Marble Season is his first book with D&Q and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. It tells the untold stories from the American comics legends’ youth, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.
Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother’s comic book collection almost as much as his approval. Marble Season subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play children engage in (shooting marbles, staging backyard plays, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as the children of the ’60s.
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