Locas…Y La Loca Perdida (guest column)

Just a heads up, I’ve got a guest column up at Hooded Utilitarian, as part of a roundtable on the work of Jaime Hernandez, best known for his Locas/Hoppers stories from the Love & Rockets comic series he did with his brothers (collectively known as “Los Bros”).

http://hoodedutilitarian.com/2012/03/locas-y-la-loca-perdida/

The contributors are all writing about the work from different perspectives, from critical analysis to the deeply personal. Not being a proper art critic myself (despite being highly opinionated!) I decided to discuss it from the perspective of American Latina cultural identities, and also elements of magical realism as I see them figure into the earlier work. Which frankly, was the work I’d seen at the time and age where L&R made it’s biggest impact on me.An index of the full roundtable can be found here:

http://hoodedutilitarian.com/2012/03/locas-roundtable-index/

There’s even a bonus punk download mix! (Wait–no Bags? Who am I to bitch about a download?) Look under “Hinkley Had A Vision”.

These images are from “Flies On The Ceiling”, one of the most powerful pieces ever written in the series. I would’ve loved to expound on it under “magical realism”, even if it’s up for debate how much of what Izzy is experiencing is “real”, but I couldn’t find a reprint in time(it was due last night), and then today someone posted links in one of the discussion sections. Cuz that’s how life works itself out.

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