You can never go wrong with Love and Rockets and this is an illustration by the great Jaime Hernandez of “lil Maggie”.
I don’t usually buy unpublished art (commissions etc) and instead tend to focus on getting art from pages that I like from comics or manga that I read. I guess I just like to have the artifact from the thing I enjoyed and don’t typically gravitate toward beautiful work that lacks other deeper context.
I grabbed this one because even beyond the immense appreciation I already have for Jaime Hernandez and Love and Rockets in general – one of the greatest cartoonists and comics of all time – I find that I have even extra affection when he draws the adolescent version of his famous characters in a Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace) homage style.
Very happy to go outside of my usual focus to add this one to my wall.
I’ve been reading a lot of comics lately, including what I think is the best comic of 2022 in Zoe Thorogood’s It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth, and related to this piece of art I just got the newly released (and very heavy) Love and Rockets 40th Anniversary set edition which I will blog about in the future.