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Comics Dementia collects unexpected treasures, oddities, and rarities from outposts of the Love and Rockets galaxy, by one of Earth's greatest living cartoonists, Gilbert Hernandez. Saints, sinners, and the Candide-like Roy mingle in jungles, in fables, in outer space: in cocktail lounges and living rooms. Ditko meets Melville meets Bob Hope—but the party really starts Comics Dementia collects unexpected treasures, oddities, and rarities from outposts of the Love and Rockets galaxy, by one of Earth's greatest living cartoonists, Gilbert Hernandez. Saints, sinners, and the Candide-like Roy mingle in jungles, in fables, in outer space: in cocktail lounges and living rooms. Ditko meets Melville meets Bob Hope—but the party really starts bumping when the Alfred E. Neuman of the L&R-verse, Errata Stigmata, makes her entrance. Many of these stories haven’t been available since their original appearance in comic shops in the 1990s.


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Comics Dementia collects unexpected treasures, oddities, and rarities from outposts of the Love and Rockets galaxy, by one of Earth's greatest living cartoonists, Gilbert Hernandez. Saints, sinners, and the Candide-like Roy mingle in jungles, in fables, in outer space: in cocktail lounges and living rooms. Ditko meets Melville meets Bob Hope—but the party really starts Comics Dementia collects unexpected treasures, oddities, and rarities from outposts of the Love and Rockets galaxy, by one of Earth's greatest living cartoonists, Gilbert Hernandez. Saints, sinners, and the Candide-like Roy mingle in jungles, in fables, in outer space: in cocktail lounges and living rooms. Ditko meets Melville meets Bob Hope—but the party really starts bumping when the Alfred E. Neuman of the L&R-verse, Errata Stigmata, makes her entrance. Many of these stories haven’t been available since their original appearance in comic shops in the 1990s.

30 review for Comics Dementia: A Love and Rockets Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy Luke

    Constantly inventive with stories sneaking from unforeseen angles. Comedy and pathos abound. Gilbert does great things with sparse lines and with pages of laborious art. Easy to read; rather, a thrill to read. My first full exposure to Hernandez, it's clear why he's such an influence on Indy artists . Put me in mind of Evan Dorkin, Seth, Brown and the Peep Show crossovers. The love shines from these pages. Have you any advice on which book to follow this up with?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    A collection of Gilbert's shorter pieces, or non-Palomar/Luba/Fritz narratives, that haven't yet seen publication in the latest format from Fantagraphics. There are some selections going back to the first volume of L&R, but most here are stories from the 2000s. The most prominent character or storyline in this volume is Roy. And these are fun, sarcastic, and self-reflexive stories, nothing as heavy or labyrinthine as much of his other narratives (specifically the Fritz stories) in the A collection of Gilbert's shorter pieces, or non-Palomar/Luba/Fritz narratives, that haven't yet seen publication in the latest format from Fantagraphics. There are some selections going back to the first volume of L&R, but most here are stories from the 2000s. The most prominent character or storyline in this volume is Roy. And these are fun, sarcastic, and self-reflexive stories, nothing as heavy or labyrinthine as much of his other narratives (specifically the Fritz stories) in the L&R series. My favorites of this collection are when Gilbert incorporates himself into the stories. He's done this before, of course, but this is just more of the fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I think most of the short pieces collected here come from Volume 2 of Love & Rockets, but there's also stuff from the 80's and the complete run of the recent and very funny "Roy in Hollywood" web comic. I wish Fantagraphics had included an index of where each story first appeared, and maybe an explanation of how their editors landed on this particular non-chronological presentation. As for the comics themselves, they range in quality from Pretty Good to Astonishing. Taken together, they form I think most of the short pieces collected here come from Volume 2 of Love & Rockets, but there's also stuff from the 80's and the complete run of the recent and very funny "Roy in Hollywood" web comic. I wish Fantagraphics had included an index of where each story first appeared, and maybe an explanation of how their editors landed on this particular non-chronological presentation. As for the comics themselves, they range in quality from Pretty Good to Astonishing. Taken together, they form an impressive display of Beto's range as a visual stylist, storyteller, and humorist. There's sci-fi and crime pulp, Latin American folktales, self-deprecating autobio comics, philosophical ruminations, and straight-up gag strips. Beto tweaks his artwork to fit the diverse subject matter, drawing equal influence from Zap Comix, Archie Comics, and Kirby/Ditko-era Marvel, while never lapsing into mere pastiche.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Faber

    More strangeness from Beto Hernandez. If you like his stuff, you should like this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Comics can be strange, they can defy logic even within the realm of comic book reality, and they can do it without just shoving their own opinion down your throat. That’s how I grew up, reading good shit — being ASKED to THINK for myself. Like good theatre. Some of these tales are arguably pointless, overly horrid, or stupid. But they’re also true to themselves and to the artist (great little strip featuring himself too). This is how Los Bros conjures classic characters who become archetypes or Comics can be strange, they can defy logic even within the realm of comic book reality, and they can do it without just shoving their own opinion down your throat. That’s how I grew up, reading good shit — being ASKED to THINK for myself. Like good theatre. Some of these tales are arguably pointless, overly horrid, or stupid. But they’re also true to themselves and to the artist (great little strip featuring himself too). This is how Los Bros conjures classic characters who become archetypes or windows into ourselves (well, those of us with imaginations at least). These characters won’t be what you WANT them to be necessarily, rather explorations in the human and inhuman alike (and vice versa inside of both).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Celmarnaud

    As the title says: "comics dementia", in a nutshell while reading you must expect the unexpected. Climax of all the crazy /"out of the blue" pages of love and rockets in one volume. Good balance between comics giving you the feeling "WHAT THE F***?!" and some wisdom making you think "HO that's clever!!!". An advice read it with a distant mind to go with the flow that ain't there. If you take the time to enjoy the facial expressions and the atmosphere of each and every bubble it can take you few As the title says: "comics dementia", in a nutshell while reading you must expect the unexpected. Climax of all the crazy /"out of the blue" pages of love and rockets in one volume. Good balance between comics giving you the feeling "WHAT THE F***?!" and some wisdom making you think "HO that's clever!!!". An advice read it with a distant mind to go with the flow that ain't there. If you take the time to enjoy the facial expressions and the atmosphere of each and every bubble it can take you few days to go through the book when reading before to sleep. I bought 3 other books of Gilbert after this one: what a talent this man (family) has!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hava

    Couple of decent stories in here, but most of them were weirdly unncessarily violent. Definitely not his best.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Martinez

    So many cute and/or grotesque blob creatures

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This graphic novel contains various shorts featuring some of the characters from the Hernandez Brothers' massive Love and Rockets world, including Princess Anima, Roy, and Errata Stigmata. It's an exercise in absurdity with the stories drawn by Gilbert Hernandez having no discernible plot, point, or beginning. I didn't really like it. I found it confusing, pointless, and unfunny. I enjoyed Jaime Hernandez' forays into Princess Anima, but there was so little of that that I basically gave up This graphic novel contains various shorts featuring some of the characters from the Hernandez Brothers' massive Love and Rockets world, including Princess Anima, Roy, and Errata Stigmata. It's an exercise in absurdity with the stories drawn by Gilbert Hernandez having no discernible plot, point, or beginning. I didn't really like it. I found it confusing, pointless, and unfunny. I enjoyed Jaime Hernandez' forays into Princess Anima, but there was so little of that that I basically gave up around page 120 and started skimming. Pretty disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Comics Alternative

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Arlin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jason Lankford

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hallacy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Silva

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisalou

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Not the place to begin with Love & Rockets or Los Bros. Hernandez, Comics Dementia puts in one volume more than twenty years of uncollected vignettes by Gilbert Hernandez. Some of this is nuts, as ever; all of it is amazing, if uneven. If you love his work, here are whole continuities and groups of characters overlooked in other volumes; no Heartbreak Soup group here, though. Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ike Rakiecki

  25. 4 out of 5

    Federico

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amada

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Schork

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Acacia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter

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