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A Month of Good LGBT Comics – Love and Rockets

In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.

Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!

Today, for our last entry, we look at one of the most acclaimed works of all time that featured LGBT themes!

Love and Rockets is an amazing comic book series written and drawn by the Hernandez brothers, primarily Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez.

Both Gilbert and Jaime had their long-running stories through the original series, and it is Jaime’s series, Locas, that we’re really discussing here today (although Gilbert’s work is amazing on its own).

This hardcover collects pretty much the entire relationship between Maggie and Hopey between 1981 and 1996.

Maggie and Hopey are two of the most fascinating characters in comics, particularly when they are together, although it is notable how much time they spent APART during this story. Hopey is on the road a lot with her (bad) band, and yet we still get to see how much a bond the two share, even when not with each other.

The relationship between Maggie and Hopey began as best friends, but it soon evolved into something more than that, and more than a romantic relationship, too – their relationship is almost undefinable.

All we know is whether they are “with” each other or not, they are great together (Jaime’s brilliant, Archie Comics inspired artwork certainly does not hurt matters).

I think acclaimed comic artist José Villarrubia put it best when he said “The Defining book for Alternative comics in the Eighties, Maggie and Hopey are the most beloved on and off queer couple in comics.”

Well said, José.

I hope you folks enjoyed this month-long look at good LGBT comics! I hope you found some new books that you are interested in! There’s obviously a ton of books I have not mentioned, so keep your eyes peeled, and be sure to check out Prism’s website – they usually give folks a heads up when something cool LGBT-wise comes around!


It should mentioned though that Gilbert’s stuff also has a fair amount of LGBT characters in it. Luba’s oldest daughter Maricela love life. Isreal’s omnisexual. Poisn River took place in a transexual bar. Love and Rockets runs the gamut.

Just when I though you were gonna forgot this astounding piece of art.

This has been one of the most interesting months I’ve ever seen in this blog, that just makes me feel more like an a$$ for pointing that either you have forgoten one of the most productive (and one of the firsts) artists of this “genre” (although I’m not very keen with the label) or you simply don’t think his worth of mention… Ralf König.
This is his Wiki entry:

Thanks for doing this series. It’s been great getting to learn about all these LGBT comics, most of which I had never heard of before. I’ve already order one of them, and I’m planning on picking up a few more.

Man, I was really beginning to believe you were going to skip Love and Rockets all together. Like it wasn’t LGBT friendly enough- thank god I was wrong! Not only great storytelling, but some of the greatest comic art around. I learned SO much about drawing facial expressions just from looking at Love and Rockets.

I notice a distinct lack of Alpha Flight in the last month…

This was my favorite themed month so far.

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