Ghost of Hoppers (Love and Rockets)

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9781560977001: Ghost of Hoppers (Love and Rockets)

Maggie returns in Hernandez's first book since the smash hit Locas.

Ghost of Hoppers collects for the first time the new adventures of Maggie Chascarrillo, as serialized in the Love & Rockets comic book, and represents Jaime Hernandez's much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2004 magnum opus Locas, which Entertainment Weekly gave an 'A' for its "innovative technique and complex, character-driven stories about Mexican-American life."

Ghost of Hoppers begins with the newly divorced Maggie now working as the resident building-manager of the notorious Capri Apartments deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, where imaginary dogs roam its walkways at night, all the air conditioners are broken, and the empty swimming pool is covered with flies. As if the eccentric, oddball tenants weren't weird enough, Maggie's houseguest and old friend Izzy Ortiz shakes things up with her usual nervous breakdowns, nocturnal screaming, and obsessive fly-swatting (sometimes with a knife!). When Izzy makes a guest appearance on a local cable access talk show to promote her book, Maggie meets the voluptuous Vivian the "Frogmouth," a curvaceous, hapless bombshell with a foghorn voice who is despised by Hopey (Maggie's long time on-again-off-again girlfriend, now a bartender sporting an eye patch after one of Vivian's previous bottle-breaking altercations). Maggie finds herself swept up in Vivian's life of random catfights, her mob-connected, knife-wielding stalker ex-boyfriend, and his violently jealous fiancee. Maggie and Vivian eventually strike up a reluctant and awkward romance, and when they set out for Hoppers to retrieve a stolen art object from Izzy, they get a lot more than they bargained for!

About Jaime's work, the New York Times wrote, "These stories have all the visual smarts of film and the narrative smarts of literature. Hernandez specializes in psychological detail; we see both text and subtext immediately. What better than to open a book that shows there is more going on than we dream of in our workaday philosophies?" Black-and-white comics throughout

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About the Author:

Jaime Hernandez is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning cartoonist and a lifelong Los Angelean.

From Booklist:

Despite the Brothers Hernandezes' massive collections of the first two decades of, respectively, Gilbert's tales of a mythical Latin American village, Palomar (2003), and Jaime's stories about two young Chicanas in the L.A. barrio, Locas (2004), new collections show that Jaime has not given up on his creation.Unlike his brother's characters, Jaime's haven't traveled far since the original series about them ended in 1996. Central figure Maggie is now newly divorced and managing an apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley, far not geographically but from the days when she and soul-mate Hopey were the coolest troublemakers in the L.A. barrio of Hoppers. Hopey's still back there, managing a seedy bar nearby, and the pair's spooky friend, Izzy, is still around. Maggie returns to Hoppers for a reunion with her mother and sister. There she witnesses the destruction of Izzy's house, which is haunted by figures from the locas ' long history. Maggie is still a bundle of insecurities, and watching her come to terms with growing older is genuinely poignant. Jaime's gorgeously economical artwork is better than ever, and if he isn't developing any major new characters, the established cast grows richer. Maggie, in particular, is one of the greatest creations in all comics, attractively outrageous but touchingly real. Gordon Flagg
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