Love and Rockets was one of my favorite comics in the 80's and Jaime's Locas was my favorite part of Love and Rockets. In it Jaime would create stories that were like amazing jewelry by coming up with a simple plot thread on which he would string his myriad of precious gems of characters on. Impetuous Hopey, sweet Maggie, head strong Terry, crazy Izzy. Each of Jaime's crazy characters are a perfect example of people that we have met, or friends that we know, in all their wacky, endearing glory.
Love and Rockets #17 was one of my favorite issues. In it Hopey's brother Joey goes in search of his missing Ape Sex record he lent Hopey only to end up on a marry chase all over town, encountering some of the most interesting characters in all of literature.
It starts with Hopey's brother Joey entertaining his friends Doyle and Tony with his punk rock records in a typical teenager's messy room complete with pictures of bands and girls. It's such a simple scene but so packed with so much information about these characters. We all recognize how bored teenagers get, and hanging out and listen to records or things. We recognize the young metal head skater with a chip on his shoulder and the apathetic older friend who buys them beer and drives them around town. We recognize the dad that has been alienated from his son because of years of working a shitty job that has left him too spent to care about much of anything. A lot of info is packed in these few panels filling out this rich world that Jaime is creating for us.
|Jaime does some creative shading on the last panel of the page with the heavy shadows giving the impression of being at dusk.|
|Here the heavy shadows adds a kind of mystery to the whole ambiance of the scene.|