Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery Georgetown
Dec. 9-10 2017
If you have the slightest interest in the art of graphic novels, this is a big deal. Charles Burns, author of the haunting Black Hole, Big Baby, and Last Look, among others, is famed for his stark chiaroscuro style. His characters are either dramatically modeled or frighteningly simplistic, like masks clamped over real faces. His stories unfold in a sort of crepuscular adolescent realm, where bodies can change nightmarishly or give birth to new monsters. Jaime Hernandez is the cocreator of Love and Rockets, which he wrote and illustrated with his brothers Gilbert and Mario. Back in the 1980s, the Hernandez brothers wrote about queer Chicano characters when people of these demographics were rarely represented in comics. Jaime's stories focused on the dramas playing out among a group of punk friends in Los Angeles. Hopey, Maggie, and company have developed and aged in Hernandez's individuated, naturalistic ink. This exhibition at Fantagraphics, which is Love and Rockets' exclusive publisher and has issued many of Burns's works, will show original art by these two groundbreaking artists.