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  • Drawn and Quarterley

Gilbert Hernandez is a superhero of comics, probably best known for Love and Rockets, the epic series he and his brother Jaime have been creating since 1981. In Marble Season, his latest work, though, Hernandez moves away from Palomar, the Latin American village where surreal things just seem to happen, to the more solid, but no less mysterious, world of 60s suburbia, in which he just happened to grow up.

Marble Season isn’t straight autobiography, Hernandez says, but it has autobiographical elements. “It’s nothing specific,” he says. “Just experiences. I exaggerated the true things. It’s the best accurate representation of things that happened to me and my brothers and the kids in the neighborhood.”

Not a lot happens in Marble Season. Kids hang out after school and play baseball and marbles and GI Joe and swap comic books. Hernandez would like to clarify that, unlike his alter ego Huey, he never stole a comic book. Nor did he eat a comic book, like Huey’s little brother Chavo. He and his brothers did, however, cut up their comic books and paste their favorite panels into scrapbooks.

“Those are all gone now,” Hernandez says a little wistfully.