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Hernandez, Gilbert, author, illustrator.
First edition
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, Oregon : Dark Horse Books, 2014.

Physical Description:
79 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the small Palomar-like town of Lagrimas, a young 'loverboy' has a torrid affair with the woman who once was his seventh grade teacher, while three young girls plot to poison the populace."--
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Winner of the PEN Centre USA Award, and frequently cited as one of the most influential graphic novelists of all time, Gilbert Hernandez returns with a brand new tale of unlikely love. Welcome to Lagrimas, a small south-of-the-border town where young men who consider themselves loverboys' constantly hit on the ladies, but get shot down most of the time - until one begins an affair with the woman who used to be his seventh grade teacher!'

Author Notes

Gilbert Hernandez, born in 1957, enjoyed a pleasant childhood in Oxnard, California, with four brothers and one sister. In Gilbert's words, they were "born into a world with comic books in the house." His childhood enthusiasm for the medium was equaled only by his appetite for punk rock. Initiated by older brother Mario and bankrolled by younger brother Ismael, Gilbert created Love and Rockets #1 with his brother Jaime in 1981. Over 30 years later, the series is regarded as a modern classic and the Hernandez brothers continue to create some of the most startling, original, and intelligent comic art ever seen. From 1983 to 1996, Gilbert produced the now legendary Palomar saga, collected in the graphic novels Heartbreak Soup and Human Diastrophism , and considered to be one of the defining bodies of literature of its era. Gilbert lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife, Carol, and daughter, Natalia. The author lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This is sort of "Gilbert Hernandez for Beginners"-a standalone graphic novel set in a small South American town where various familiar themes from his long-running Palomar stories play out in a more compact arena. In the town of Lagrimas ("tears"), varying degrees of love-both too much and not enough-drive the inhabitants bonkers. Charlie used to be in Mrs. Paz's class grade school class but now he's in her bedroom, while still carrying on a separate affair with his boss. Mrs. Paz, aging but still one of the prime beauties of this small town, is the center of much jealousy and intrigue, especially from Charlie's sister, Daniella, who has a grudge against Mrs. Paz for reasons Hernandez slowly reveals as the story goes along. The story includes all kinds of colorful supporting characters, including Seymour, a pretty boy in an ascot who thinks he's the greatest thing to happen to women; bizarrely small-eyed snooping male twins; and disconsolate loser Elmo, all of whom have some relationship to Mrs. Paz and complicate the brew. Some abrupt transitions make this a minor work from Hernandez, but the compact story is a pleasing diversion. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.