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Preview: Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez

Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez

(W) Jaime Hernandez (A) Jaime Hernandez
In Shops: Aug 04, 2021
SRP: $24.99

For the past 40 years, Jaime Hernandez has been privately amassing a body of work that no one else has seen. Until now. This parallel universe to his Love & Rockets world is set in the heyday of 1960s and ’70s women’s wrestling with an entirely new, original cast of characters who have aged and evolved. This book spotlights the women who are often ignored in pro-wrestling in 125 full-color illustrations: pin-ups, action shots, fake wrestling magazine covers, echoing the lucha libre magazines of the 1960s. Hernandez also discusses the work in an interview with fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly.

Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

IGN – Giant Marvel Exhibition Opens at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture This Month – This sounds cool.

Publisher’s Weekly – Love and Rockets’ Jaime Hernandez Creates Graphic Novel for Kids – Want!

Smash Pages – Keren Katz, Michael DeForge win 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize – Congrats!



Talking Comics – Doomsday Clock #4

The Beat – Et Tu, Brute?

The Beat – Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1

Preview: The Archies One Shot


Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jaime Hernandez
Variant Covers: David Mack, Audrey Mok
Boom Comics Retailer Variant Cover: Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 5/24
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see what happens when the rock ‘n’ roll dream starts affecting his relationships with his closest friends. Join co-writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg (Archie Meets Ramones) and artist Joe Eisma (Archie) for a power-pop one-shot that goes loud on the music, fun and friendship.

Archie Announces One-Shots The Archies, Little Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Jughead: The Hunger in March

The town of Riverdale just got a little more crowded with some beloved and familiar faces.

Building off their success, Archie Comics is widening the scope of Riverdale stories by assembling some of the brightest stars in comics to tell four brand-new tales in a wave of oversized one-shots arriving in comic book stores and digitally this March.

The four one-shots build upon the foundation of the smash-hit Archie and Afterlife With Archie series by exploring classic Archie Comics concepts and characters in new and ambitious ways.

Each week in March will see a new one-shot arrive from some of the brightest stars in the comic book industry.

Kicking off the wave of one-shots will be the team of Art Baltazar and Franco, as they return to Riverdale for a must-have Little Archie adventure in the Little Archie One-Shot. After a strange cat eats Archie’s homework, are these pint-size pipsqueaks ready for the wildest day ever? Aw yeah!

Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg, the writers behind the sold-out and smash-hit Archie Meets Ramones one-shot, team with Archie artist Joe Eisma to follow Archie’s dreams of becoming a songwriter in The Archies One-Shot, arriving March 15th and featuring a rockin’ cover by comics legend Jaime Hernandez.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch begins her first journey into the real world as she heads off to college but a shocking revelation will change her life in a way she never expected. Co-writer Franco teams with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic duo of Katie Cook and artist Andy Price to bring the magical adventures of everyone’s favorite teenage witch to life in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch One-Shot, arriving March 22nd.

The one-shots wrap up on March 29th as insatiable appetite of Jughead Jones takes a sinister turn in the Jughead: The Hunger One-Shot, the newest installment of the critically acclaimed Archie Horror line. Writer Frank Tieri and artist Michael Walsh explore the dark family legacy surrounding Jughead as the lives of Riverdale’s most well known inhabitants hang in the balance.


Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art: Art Baltazar
Cover: Art Baltazar
On Sale Date: 3/8
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Archie’s wildest day ever starts with a cat eating his homework—and things just get crazier from there! But this isn’t just an ordinary cat, and this certainly won’t be an ordinary day for Little Archie and his friends. Join in on the fun adventure from the superstar comics team Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Action Cat and Adventure Bug)!



Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art:  Joe Eisma
Cover: Jaime Hernandez
On Sale Date: 3/15
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see what happens when the rock ‘n’ roll dream starts affecting his relationships with his closest friends. Join co-writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg (Archie Meets Ramones) and artist Joe Eisma (Archie) for a power-pop one-shot that goes loud on the music, fun and friendship.



Script: Katie Cook and Franco
Art: Andy Price
Cover: Sandra Lanz
On Sale Date: 3/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Sabrina is off to college for her first foray into “the real world.” After years of being protectively home schooled by her aunts, she is ready to experience friends, boys, and parties—but a shocking revelation will rock her world in a way she never expected! From writers Franco (Tiny Titans) and Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) and art by Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)!



Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Michael Walsh
Cover: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 3/29
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Jughead Jones has always had an insatiable appetite… but what if his hunger came from a sinister place? When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light. Join writer Frank Tieri (Wolverine) and artist Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers) for this horrifying one-shot for TEEN+ readers.


Preview: Doom Patrol #1

Doom Patrol #1

Written by: Gerard Way
Art by: Nick Derington
Cover by: Nick Derington
Variant cover by: Babs Tarr, Brian Chippendale, Jaime Hernandez, Sanford Greene, Brian Bolland

The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

“It gets weirder from here,” writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat “Lotion”? And when do we get to see all those muscles?

Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane.

The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned—there is no turning back.


Love and Rockets Returns as an Ongoing Comic this Fall

Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 1Fantagraphics Books has announced that Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez’s beloved Love and Rockets will return this fall in the same magazine format that fans fell in love with during its original 50 issue run from 1982-1996. Love and Rockets has been Fantagraphics’ flagship publication since its initial magazine debut in 1982, and the new series (Vol. IV, for those keeping track) will launch on the eve of the title’s 35th anniversary in September 2016 and continue every four months thereafter. The new format and schedule comes after a decade of the Love and Rockets: New Stories annual.

The Love and Rockets stories by brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez continue to hold a firm grasp on the imaginations of several generations of comic book fans, garnering multiple Eisner and Ignatz Awards in recent years for their work on New Stories. Meanwhile, the collected Love and Rockets trade paperbacks continue to be perennial best sellers for Fantagraphics, with 11 volumes to date.

Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 2The new Love and Rockets marks Gilbert and Jaime’s return to the “floppy” format for the first time in a decade and will measure 8 ½” x 10 ¾”, with at least 32 pages per issue, retailing at $4.99.

The new format will play to the strengths of master cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, focusing on their diverse cast of characters and the rich milieus they have established over the past three-and-a-half decades: from Jaime’s Maggie and Hopey to Gilbert’s Luba and Fritz, old and new fans alike will be able to enjoy two of the great bodies of work in comics history, under one cover.

The all-new Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 appears in the July Diamond Previews catalog for September shipping products.

Chica de Fuego: Falling in Love with a Loca

I first met Maggie Chascarillo in 2007. I was sitting in the living room of a friend’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, my wet hair stuffed into the plastic cap of an old-fashioned, soft bonnet hair dryer that was either purchased from a thrift store or inherited from someone long dead. It was a frigid, post-blizzard morning in March, and I was anxious for my hair to dry and relieve me of the bone-deep chill that had set in. Margaret, my former roommate and childhood friend of our gracious hostess Lea, was checking on the bus schedule back to New York as I eyeballed Lea’s bookshelf for entertainment. I was 26, unhappy with my lot in life, and my ego was still feeling raw after being dumped by my non-boyfriend whom I’d quasi-dated for about three months. The weekend trip had been a welcome respite from the existential dread I’d temporarily left back in Queens and I was eager to keep escaping.

image 10I snagged a thin hard cover titled Chester Square, my untrained eye first mistaking it for a Daniel Clowes work. It featured a young woman whittling her time away while waiting for a bus out-of-town, so we had something in common off the bat. Unlike my own wait, this woman spent hers in a ghost town motel being repeatedly mistaken for a prostitute. The weight of her own existential concerns were evident to me, despite being completely blind to the fact that she had any story outside of the Chester Square narrative. Here was a woman who could clearly hold her own in most situations, but her exhaustion with needing to was obvious and understandable. Sure, she could fight off a territorial hooker who misread her as competition, but why would she want to or expect to? No wonder she spent most of the night hiding in her room before spontaneously seducing a young security guard. (Hell, if everyone already thinks you’re turning tricks what’ve you got to lose?)

image 9I made it about halfway through before we had to leave for the bus station, but I was loath to walk away from this new character I’d found both so curious and foreign, yet familiar and relatable. She had a confidence and humor marred by sadness but not destroyed by it, and I felt for her. I noted her creator’s name, Jaime Hernandez, and as luck would have it, we purchased our bus tickets at an independent bookstore where they happened to have a copy of Maggie the Mechanic, the first collected volume of Hernandez’s Locas stories.

Having never read Love & Rockets I was unfamiliar with the breadth of the series, and the way Jaime’s characters had developed realistically, almost in real-time, since 1981. I was initially confused and then hyper impressed when I realized the doe-eyed, curvaceous-yet-slender teenager and titular character of Maggie the Mechanic was the same full-bodied, world-weary woman I’d just met in Chester Square. Over the next year or so I collected the rest of the Locas stories and found myself smitten, not just with the characters themselves but with the depictions of love, sex, and romance that have played to my heart like no other comic has before or since. The constantly evolving physical and emotional states of the characters enable a deep connection between the reader and the stories, especially where Maggie is concerned. Thanks to chronic health issues my own body has ridden a twenty-year roller coaster of weight fluctuations, and seeing this woman adjust to her own physical changes, constantly fluctuating between confidence and annoyance, rang pretty damn true. Even though Maggie is sexy in all her forms, we see her ongoing struggle between owning her body and feeling alien in it.

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The early Locas arcs focus on Maggie’s work as a pro-solar mechanic, her crush on her celebrity boss Rand Race, her punk rock friends Hopey, Izzy, Daffy, Terry, and Penny, and her sporadically sexual relationship with Hopey. With time we learn more about Maggie’s family, her struggles with balancing responsibility against her friends’ influences to the contrary, and her flirtations and long-held attractions, many of which come to fruition one way or the other. Watching Maggie endure the emotional spectrum of love and attraction strengthens the ability to project through her and empathize her experiences. Her crush – and later regret of ever having had it – on Rand Race speaks to anyone that’s ever fallen for someone who revealed themselves to be an empty shell of surface charm and little else in the long run. Her dynamic relationship with Hopey Glass speaks to anyone who’s ever tried to navigate and blur the lines between love, sex, and friendship. Her frustration with herself over her attraction to Izzy’s ill-fated brother Speedy is well-worn territory for anyone who’s struggled with the knowledge of their own questionable tastes. Her short-lived marriage to Tony “Top Cat” Chase and their subsequent divorce party illustrates an optimism in breaking up peacefully that we can all admire, if rarely achieve.

image 7Maggie’s two great loves throughout the series, however, are without a doubt Hopey and Ray Dominguez. An entire book could be written on Maggie and Hopey alone. They are inarguable comic icons and their relationship is rightfully celebrated by fans and internal characters alike.

image 6But personally, I find myself on team Ray. Maybe it’s more relatable to me because my own heteroflexibility never moved beyond drunken make-out sessions with college friends. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of one of my great loves, a soft, sweet guy with a doofy side that I just had to take time away from. Whatever it is, I find there’s a comfort and innocence to her relationship with Ray that feels true and enduring. Her love with Hopey is electric and unpredictable; her love with Ray is warm and reliable.

Maggie ultimately finds her way to Ray through the stories The Return of Ray D and Vida Loca: The Death of Speedy. Their connection strengthens while Hopey is away on tour with Terry Downe, a woman both fiercely possessive of Hopey and jealous of Maggie, and they wind up together for two years before she is eventually sucked back into Hopey’s orbit, her relationship with Ray fading out like a sigh.

With time Ray settles into being a caricature of a lonely middle-aged man. In One More Ladies’ Man he reflects on the women in his life, the “fire women” as he calls them, for their ability to ignite a flame within him, and Maggie is honored with this label alongside the eccentric, erratic, erotic Penny Century, Danita Lincoln his bodacious-bodied post-Maggie girlfriend, and Vivian “Frogmouth” Solis, a sailor-tongued stripper whose exaggerated figure becomes the object of Ray’s obsessions. All of these women are deserving of the honor (I could easily write another 1,500 words on Penny) but Maggie stands out as the one woman who bucks the trend of the fantastical body-type that Ray is often drawn to, who offers more to him than physical novelty and excitement. (Okay, this assessment may not be totally fair to Danita, who is more akin to Maggie in terms of level-headedness, but Ray’s fetishism of her body is more on-par with that of Penny and Vivian.)

Maggie is a fire girl to me in a more literal way as well. Three years ago I lost my Locas collection when my apartment burned down. In that time I lost my colon to colitis and closed the book on a seven-year relationship with the same man that reminds me so much of Ray. When I finally re-built my comic library two months ago I discovered The Love Bunglers, the most recent and possibly final installment of the collection to be had. The themes of loss and trauma are at the heart of The Love Bunglers, and I found myself again connecting with Maggie as I have so often in following her life story.

After decades apart Maggie and Ray find their way back to each other, just in time for an act of violence to put Ray in a life-threatening situation. In a poignant, tear-jerking two-page spread Ray and Maggie’s lives are mirrored panel-to-panel: As children growing up in Hoppers, as stricken teenagers and unlucky twenty-somethings, as best friends, estranged lovers, and lonely adults. Sometimes life’s patterns make you wonder if happiness is anything other than fleeting, if there’s anything that can be held on to without fear of it slipping away before you’re ready, and The Love Bunglers captures this beautifully while managing to nurture hope along the way.

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One of the benefits of being able to read a series that spans over thirty years in a compressed amount of time is getting to see the payoff. So much of the dread of love comes from not knowing what’s beyond the horizon. If a love has been lost will there be reconciliation? Will the memories be painless, enabling bygones to be bygones? Will there be sorrow or anger or regret? Love is not a clean-cut narrative – even with the conclusion of The Love Bunglers, the overall patterns reflected throughout the series demonstrate that love, be it romantic, friendly, or something that traverses the two, naturally ebbs and flows. While Hernandez has stated that the ending of The Love Bunglers would be a perfect capstone to the Locas were he to be hit by a bus tomorrow, his endings are rarely finite. Maggie and Ray may very well happily live out their days together, but it’s just as possible that another jump forward in time will find them separated and in the arms of new partners, returned to old ones, or even contentedly alone.

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Preview: Archie #4


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Annie Wu, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover: Annie Wu
Variant Covers: Mahmud Asrar, Francesco Francavilla, Jaime Hernandez with Rosario “Tito” Peña, Joe Quinones, Paul Renaud
On Sale Date: 11/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The biggest comic series of the year continues as the greatest mystery in comic books is finally revealed! The “lipstick incident” split Archie and Betty apart and left Riverdale changed forever. What exactly happened and can things possibly be fixed? Find out in this issue and welcome ANNIE WU (BLACK CANARY, HAWKEYE) to Riverdale, as she takes over art duties in this brand new issue!


Initial Guests Cook, Hernandez, Jones, and Sears Appear at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015!

Gronk_Volume1_64page_PROOF2-1The Baltimore Comic-Con has begun announcing guests for their 16th annual show, taking place September 2527, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center! Making their BCC debut appearances in 2015 are Katie Cook, Jaime Hernandez, and Bart Sears, along with returning friend of the show, JG Jones.

Writer/artist of the webcomic (and collected in trade paperbook format by Action Lab Entertainment) Gronk, Katie Cook has found herself writing and pencilling Marvel Comics characters, Fraggle Rock from Archaia, My Little Pony from IDW, and even Star Wars from Dark Horse Comics. You can pick up Volume 3 of Gronk: A Monster’s Story this April from Action Lab Entertainment.

LocasHarvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Awards winner Jaime Hernandez is one of the storied Hernandez Brothers, who have made their name as the creative force behind Love and Rockets, a multi-volume collection of writings and art from Jaime and his brothers Mario and Gilbert. Therein, Jaime crafted the tales of Maggie Chascarillo and Hopey Glass, characters with great depth and personality whose stories have been collected by Fantagraphics in Locas and Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray.

Bart Sears has accomplished much in his years working in the creative arts. His works have been published in every major comics publishers, many smaller press publishers, and he even had a running feature in Wizard Magazine on drawing instruction called “Brutes and Babes”. He designed action figures and packaging as Hasbro and ToyBiz, and has served in leadership roles in comics companies like CrossGen and his own Ominous Press. His recent work can be seen on covers for titles such as Valiant’s Rai, Dynamite Entertainment’s John Carter: rai 2 searsWarlord of Mars and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Volume 2: West, and DC Comics’ Deathstroke.

Making his return to the Inner Harbor, accomplished penciller, painter, and writer J.G. Jones has contributed his deft touch to a broad variety of titles and publishers. From Black Widow and Marvel Boy at Marvel Comics to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and all covers for 52 at DC Comics, as well as Wanted at Top Cow, his work stands out among his peers. His next work, Strange Fruit with writer Mark Waid is fully painted, and is scheduled to be released in July of 2015 from BOOM! Studios.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke jg jones art(Richard Stark’s Parker); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); and Mark Waid (Daredevil).

Small Press Expo Sponsors Lynda Barry and Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez at the National Book Festival

The Small Press Expo has announced that it is a sponsor of the National Book Festival, held by the Library of Congress. As part of this sponsorship, Small Press Expo is bringing to the National Book Festival for the first time Lynda Barry and Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. They will all appear on Sunday, September 22 at the Graphic Novels & Science Fiction Pavillion on The Mall in Washington D.C.

John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book, which is the festival’s author coordinator said in a statement:

The Library of Congress is delighted to welcome Small Press Expo as both a supporter of authors Lynda Barry, Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez at the 2013 National Book Festival and as a reading promotion partner of the Library’s Center for the Book.  Thanks to help from Small Press Expo, this year’s Graphic Novels & Science Fiction pavilion at the National Book Festival is a knock-out.

Here is the schedule  at the National Book Festival for these creators, all sessions will be held on Sunday, September 22 in the Graphic Novel and Science Fiction Pavilion:

Lynda Barry will present from Noon – 12:45PM and sign books from 1:00-2:00PM

Gilbert Hernandez will present from 12:55-1:40PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

Jaime Hernandez will present from 1:50-2:35PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to better expose them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious event. Started in 2001, nearly 200,000 people attended the festival in 2011.

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