Sunday, April 14, 2024

Artists I Like: Jaimie Hernandez

Yet another great artist I really like. And this one isn't trivial... Jaimie Hernandez is a giant of comics, a trend setter, a legend.

Now, I didn't really read Love & Rockets. I knew of it, but didn't see it or have access to it back in the day. What I did have is the trade paperback of Eros Comics' Birdland by Gilbert Hernandez... but that's for a different post.

Jaimie is amazing. How can one artist do so much with so few lines? A shadow here, a bold line there, and done. Hell, many of his faces are just like 2 or 3 lines. It's magic.

Jaimie's representations of various body types is truly inspiring. I remember seeing these comics back in the day, but not reading them, and was super inspired by this fact. No two characters look the same. Everyone has a vibe and a style that feels authentic. The bodies feel like they are real.

This grounding is present for all the art, including backgrounds. Reading a page of his work, you get a strong sense of place. You are never lost or wondering what the panels are doing (unless that is the goal). And his consistency across panels and pages is unparalleled.

I think if we can ever use the phrase "a comics genius", we can use it for Jaimie Hernandez.

This really is the good shit.



  1. Oh gosh yes. So much done with so little. Genius.

    I haven't read a lot of the brothers' work because the stories don't grab me, but the art, the art!

    1. I haven't read much of it either. Just love the look and vibe. And of course the visual storytelling.

  2. I think there must be a lot of similar stories with regard to JH and his work. It was relatively late in my comics life that I first took a look at Love & Rockets, after knowing of it as this legendary indie title for so long. I was blown away by how REAL it all much I could identify with the characters and how the art was so uncluttered by everything except the stuff that actually makes real life messy. Thanks for mentioning this...I think I should take a deeper dive into the title...

    1. I wish I had copies back in the day. But honestly back then I might not have even recognized how good it is. I had a short attention span.