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Bumperhead Hardcover – 25 Sep 2014

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Praise for "Marble Season""Hernandez is brilliant on the particular embarrassments of growing up . . . "Marble Season" is a treat: beady, nostalgic and sometimes unexpectedly piercing." --"The Guardian"""Marble Season" sometimes feels like one long, seamless shot of budding love, brimming violence and suddenly struck friendships." --"The ""Washington Post", Best Comics of 2013

About the Author

Gilbert Hernandez was born in 1957 in Oxnard, California. In 1981, he co-self-published the first issue of "Love and Rockets" with his brothers, Mario and Jaime. Embracing strong female lead characters and punk culture, the series stood out from the male-dominated comics of the time. Hernandez and his brother Jaime have continued "Love and Rockets "for three decades. In the ensuing years, Hernandez has won nearly every industry award, as well as the prestigious United States Artists Literature Fellowship. He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, Carol, and his daughter, Natalia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful work about loneliness 17 Sept. 2014
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BUMPERHEAD, Gilbert Hernandez's second original graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly, is a strong, sparse and moody story that centers on an Anglo-Hispanic boy named Bobby, living his adolescent years in the '70s and '80s. Born to aloof parents and living in a drab suburb, Bobby is passionate about rock & roll, but that's about it. He gets mixed up with casual relationships with friends and girls, but the death of his mother leaves him with a terrifyingly giant void in his life that he can't fill, and it affects everything about him, sapping his ambitions and interests.

It's a tough story, possibly not as moving as Gilbert's best comics. (And, since this is a Gilbert Hernandez comic, he includes a touch of his trademark magic realism: one of Bobby's pals has his own internet-connected iPad ... in the early '70s!) Yet it's among his most stark and remote work, movingly depicting Bobby's latent fear of his own hollowness. As a leading character he's about as lonely as any you'll find in Hernandez's rich history of lost, searching personages. Worth a read for Gilbert's fans and admirers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better berto 17 Nov. 2015
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A winner. You get something from this book. Unlike many GNs today that seem content to fill the pages with actions, Bumperheads actions haev consequences and leads up to a resolution and acceptance of his life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes From A Life 28 Oct. 2015
By Tim Field - Published on Amazon.com
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Gilbert Hernandez has upped his already prolific output in the past few years. In addition to his Love and Rocket contributions, Beto has been producing a graphic novel or two a year for Dark Horse, Drawn and Quarterly or Vertigo. Bumperhead seems more substantial than some of Beto's recent books; the graphic novel follows the life and growth of Bumperhead and provides fully-realized characterizations of his friends, family and neighborhood. Beto's art has become less detailed and his lines thinner over the years, but Bumperhead provides some stunning full page images, especially his motif of the menacing clouds.
I can't say that Bumperhead is my favorite work by Gilbert Hernandez, but it was entertaining, thought-provoking and ultimately melancholy. Beto produces so much, so often that he doesn't always get the attention and respect he deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bildungsroman 14 Oct. 2014
By J. Edgar Mihelic, MBA - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting coming of age story about a kid who doesn't seem happy until everything falls in around him.

It's told in multipe parts -- boyhood, youth, early adulthood, and then later adulthood.

One thing gets me though, that threw me off and lessened my enjoyment. There is a character that we meet in the first part who has an iPad. They're kids so it seems like present day. Then it jumps to the same characters, and they're older, but it's like the early 70s. The kid still has the iPad. That was jarring. If I was more academic I might try to make something of it, but as a lay reader, it didn't work.
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