In an age where superhero comic books were the norm, anything that deviated from that was unheard of. Jaime Hernandez and his older brothers published “Love and Rockets” in the early ’80s, and their characters weren’t exactly like Superman or Batman. Instead, they were normal and highlighted the era’s taboo topics. Hernandez’s most popular storyline, “Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories,” is about ex-punk rocker Maggie Chascarrillo. Readers followed the protagonist through her Mexican American culture, relationship with best friend (and occasional lover) Hopey, and much more. It’s been 30 years of “Locas,” and Hernandez has become one of the art form’s best.
His exhibition has been open since mid-July, but now’s your chance to pick the artist’s brain. The free reception goes from 6 to 9 p.m., with Hernandez giving a talk at 7 p.m.
Can’t make it Friday? No problem. Hernandez is in town all weekend. He’ll pop up Sunday at the Autopic Festival. All independent comic, posters, music, and art lovers welcome. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 105 N. 1st St. in Minneapolis. Free. —HS
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Mpls., 612-874-3700, mcad.edu