The San Antonio Current talks with cartoonist Jaime Hernandez about his New York Times Magazine serial and his most recent book, Ghost of Hoppers. But mostly the article focuses on his characters Maggie Chascarrillo and Hopey Glass:
Hernandez has resisted pleas from readers who hated to see Maggie and Hopey grow apart and — horror of horrors — succumb to the physical realities of aging. He treats his characters like actual people, which is more common in the “alternative” comics realm than in the superhero world, but still rankles plenty of fans. When asked about his affinity for non-traditional, realistic characters, he’s matter-of-fact: “When we started, we thought what was happening around us was far more interesting than what was happening in comics.”
Asked how long it took him to realize he’d be telling Hopey/Maggie stories for years to come — almost his whole career to date, with the exception of occasional work-for-hire illustration gigs — the answer is surprising: “As soon as readers told me they liked them after the first issue.”
You can read Hernandez’s New York Times Magazine serial, La Maggie La Loca, here.