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'Love and Rockets' co-creator Jaime Hernandez on the comic's 30th anniversary

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Since the 1980s, Jaime Hernandez and his brothers Mario and Gilbert (a.k.a. Los Bros Hernandez) have amassed a seriously loyal fan base for their funny, quirky, urban, sci-fi tinged comic-book series Love and Rockets.

Stuffed with smart, feisty female characters who pack more va-voom than Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield combined (their hips could knock an eye out), the comic book celebrates its 30th anniversary with a retrospective exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco through March 10.

Gilbert Hernandez is best known for his Palomar stories, a magical realism series set in a rural village and following characters such as sexual, stubborn Luba, and lovers Heraclio and Carmen. The Love and Rockets Locas stories by Jaime Hernandez focus on aging on-again, off-again California punk Latina gal duo Margarita Luisa “Maggie” Chascarrillo, a mechanic turned apartment manager, and Esperanza “Hopey” Leticia Glass, and also Maggie’s on-again, off-again love Ray Dominguez. Their worlds feel both real and fantasy-filled, and always emotional.

EW chatted with Southern California based Jaime Hernandez, holed up in his house working, about the comic book’s anniversary, his brothers, drawing all those curvy women, differences between the comic then and now, his influences, and which Love and Rockets characters are his favorites. (Hint: Maggie!)
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