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Gilbert Hernandez with Marlon James at Strand Bookstore: Hypnotwist Virtual Book Launch

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Join Gilbert Hernandez as he presents his newest book Hypnotwist / Scarlet by Starlight. Joining Gilbert in conversation is award winning author Marlon James. This event is presented by The Strand and will be held on Crowdcast.

This is a ticketed event. Please purchase a ticket HERE.

In the Eisner Award-winning wordless comic (silent movie?) “Hypnotwist,” Hernandez’s B-movie star Fritz plays a character who doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, until she puts on a pair of glittery pumps. Her wanderings become increasingly surreal as she confronts motherhood, alcoholism, a sinister smiley face, cruelty, and her worst fate: “Killer” cameos! Includes 16 pages of previously unpublished, additional material. “Scarlet by Starlight” is a B movie that’s Star Trek meets Heart of Darkness. “Scientists,” or colonizers, are doing research, surrounded by “primitive” fauna they affectionately nickname or treat like pests. Fritz plays Scarlet, a peaceful, catlike humanoid with a mate and children. When she becomes infatuated with one of the scientists, the fragile web of relationships explodes into violence and death, calling into question who the “advanced, civilized” creatures really are.

The two graphic novellas that comprise the book will be published together with two covers, so the two stories each end in the middle of the book (with the one you’re not reading being upside down). This very cool, handsome “Double Feature” package will be an essential item for Love and Rockets completists!


Gilbert Hernandez was born in Oxnard, California, and is the co- creator, with his brothers Jaime and Mario, of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets. He is best known for his Palomar stories, following a fictional Central American town and its residents, collected in Heartbreak SoupHuman Diastrophism, and Beyond Palomar. Hernandez has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby Award, the Inkpot Award, the Harvey Award, and the United States Artists Literature Fellowship. His newest book is the dual collection Hypnotwist/Scarlet By Starlight. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and daughter.
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.


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