With his brother Gilbert and their ground-breaking series Love and Rockets, Jaime Hernandez helped transform the art and culture of comics in the ’80s with innovative technique and complex, character-driven stories about Mexican-American life. Locas is a phone-book-thick collection devoted to Jaime’s richest creations, Maggie and Hopey, plucky, punky chicas living in a fictitious L.A. barrio. This chronological compendium tracks two amazing 20-year trajectories: the emotional growth of lovelorn mechanic Maggie through a span of adventures, heartbreak, and weight fluctuations; and Hernandez’s own artistic evolution, from his initial (and awkward) blending of genres to the refinement of his expressive and elegant cartooning. Evoking Bridget Jones by way of Dickens and García Márquez, Locas is magic, real, and literate — and fun to look at, too.
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