The LA Times offers one of its long, thoughtful profiles, this time of Gilbert Hernandez:
OF the two Oxnard-born brothers who created “Love and Rockets,” the punk-era comic series that’s arguably the genre’s most influential work of its day, Gilbert Hernandez is widely considered the John Lennon figure — the driven, “serious artist,” allergic to superficiality and attracted by ugliness as well as beauty.
But digging into dinner and joking about his childhood on a recent evening at a Valley bistro, he comes across as a well-adjusted, down-to-earth guy. It’s hard to imagine him producing the kinds of characters and situations his three decades as a comics artist have led him to: the child who disappears during a solar eclipse, the father who’s killed in prison fighting for a cigarette lighter, the lives full of hurt and sudden loss.
“I’m not a brooder,” said the bearded and bespectacled Hernandez, 50, in town for a recent appearance at Book Soup.