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The Hernandez Brothers reflect on 40 years of defining (and redefining) independent comic books

"We helped paved the way for the independent scene in comics which is an alternative to the superhero market,” Gilbert Hernandez says

Independent cmic books are enjoying unprecedented celebration and access to the full market in no small part thanks to the pedigree and ground broken by the amazing creative team known as the Hernandez Brothers. Gilbert and Jaime are two of the eponymous Los Bros Hernandez who swept the comic industry by storm when their slice-of-life series Love and Rockets burst onto the scene in 1982.

By good fortune, Popverse's Ashley V. Robinson caught up with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez on the floor at Comic-Con International: San Diego earlier this year to talk about ahead of Love and Rockets' big 40th anniversary.

“We helped paved the way for the independent scene in comics which is an alternative to the superhero market,” Gilbert reflects when Popverse asked about the team’s contribution to comic book evolution, “Superheroes dominate, but mostly because of the superhero movies which gives them free advertising.”

Here is our full 11-minute interview with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez.


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Ashley V. Robinson

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Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian hobbit now living in the United States. She is the Video Producer at Popverse and committed to creating cat-themed content. She has been seen on stage all over the world including: The Wallis Annenberg, Theatre West, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Ottawa Fringe Festival, Youth Infringement Festival, Sock N Buskin, Cupcake Theater, and more. You may know her as the host of the Geek History Lesson podcast (alongside Jason Inman), and was even the face of Twitter marketing for podcasters, along with any number of streaming shows including: Jawiin, Roddenberry Entertainment, Collider, Screen Junkies, DC All-Access, Comicbook.com, Geek Bomb, Geek & Sundry, Hyper RPG, Major Spoilers, and many more. She is the co-creator of The Red Shirt Diaries and has been featured in several international commercial campaigns including being the Podcaster face of Twitter Marketing and Intel alongside The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. Ashley's tv credits include: Good Trouble (Freeform), Snowfall (FX), Pump (Urban Flix TV), and Hotel Secrets & Legends (Discovery Channel,). Her comic book writings Science! The Elements of Dark Energy and the Jupiter Jet series are both award-nominated for Best Graphic Novel.

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