In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here's an archive of the featured works so far!
Today, for our last entry, we look at one of the most acclaimed works of all time that featured LGBT themes!
Love and Rockets is an amazing comic book series written and drawn by the Hernandez brothers, primarily Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez.
Both Gilbert and Jaime had their long-running stories through the original series, and it is Jaime's series, Locas, that we're really discussing here today (although Gilbert's work is amazing on its own).
This hardcover collects pretty much the entire relationship between Maggie and Hopey between 1981 and 1996.
Maggie and Hopey are two of the most fascinating characters in comics, particularly when they are together, although it is notable how much time they spent APART during this story. Hopey is on the road a lot with her (bad) band, and yet we still get to see how much a bond the two share, even when not with each other.
The relationship between Maggie and Hopey began as best friends, but it soon evolved into something more than that, and more than a romantic relationship, too - their relationship is almost undefinable.
All we know is whether they are "with" each other or not, they are great together (Jaime's brilliant, Archie Comics inspired artwork certainly does not hurt matters).
I think acclaimed comic artist Jose Villarrubia put it best when he said "The Defining book for Alternative comics in the Eighties, Maggie and Hopey are the most beloved on and off queer couple in comics."
Well said, Jose.
I hope you folks enjoyed this month-long look at good LGBT comics! I hope you found some new books that you are interested in! There's obviously a ton of books I have not mentioned, so keep your eyes peeled, and be sure to check out Prism's website - they usually give folks a heads up when something cool LGBT-wise comes around!