The Panel: 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets featuring brothers Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, moderated by their longtime publisher, Fantagraphic Books’ Gary Groth.
The Big Revelations: In a deal with Comixology, Fantagraphic will finally begin to release 30 years of Love and Rockets digitally. Comic-Con surprised Mario with an Inkpot Award to match the ones previously granted to his more prolific brothers. Jaime told the crowd that Alan Moore was quite taken with the nine-panel grid that he used throughout his Locas story “100 Rooms” and subsequently adopted it for Watchmen. Gilbert named Palomar’s villain, Howard Miller, after fellow cartoonists Howard Chaykin and Frank Miller.
Footage Screened: Early artwork from the brothers, including the self-published first issue of Love and Rockets. Groth also showed a slide with Jaime’s rendering of a female Robin, an image that, according to Jaime, inspired the creation of Carrie Kelly in Dark Knight Returns.
Snap Judgment: The Hernandez brothers are legends who produced the most enduring indie comic series in history with Love and Rockets. It’s important that their sprawling oeuvre remain accessible for new fans, and their new agreement with Comixology to reprint their work digitally ensures that.
Most Incisive Audience Question: Several women thanked the brothers for creating enduring female characters like Luba, Maggie, and Hopey.
The Winner of the Panel: Mario. He finally won a major award after decades in the shadow of his more celebrated younger brothers. He was genuinely touched by that moment.