8.5 x 11
128 Pgs
$21.95 CAD/USD

The untold coming-of-age story from a contemporary comics master

Marble Season is the all-new semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar, and co-creator of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series, along with his brothers Jaime and Mario. Marble Season is his first book with D&Q. It tells the untold stories from the American comics legends’ youth, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.

Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother’s comic book collection almost as much as his approval. Marble Season subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play children engage in (shooting marbles, staging backyard plays, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as the children of the 1960s.

Praise for Marble Season

Marble Season sometimes feels like one long, seamless shot of budding love, brimming violence and suddenly struck friendships. This is a highly physical, meta-Peanuts suburban universe in which adults are off-camera, but navigating other kids is plenty harrowing.

Washington Post, Best Comics of 2013

Mr. Hernandez captures the wonder of childhood — the joy of imagination, an appreciation for comic books and all the ultimately petty but seemingly world-shattering trials and tribulations of friendships during that time in one’s life.

The New York Times

Hernández is brilliant on the particular embarrassments of growing up (the moment, say, when an older boy points out how illogical some pretend game is, and the whole illusion suddenly falls apart), and on the way its disappointments, however trivial, linger into adulthood.

The Guardian

Wistful and wise, deft in its portrait of the psychology of childhood, Marble Season can be compared to Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, with one crucial difference... in Marble Season, the slow encroachment of adolescence, both a threat and a promise, gives the work emotional heft.

The Globe and Mail

[Marble Season] is an enchanting, absorbing work, a window into the childhood experience. Build into this handsomely designed hardcover is a space-time machine, a portal to Gilbert's past and to all of our pasts and to the present of every kid who is, ever was, and ever will be.

The Comic Pusher

If you've ever been a kid with a crush, or a kid who made a new friend, or a kid who can't believe the injustice of the world, you'll love Marble Season.


This lyrical, memorable book stands alongside the sequential work of Stanley’s Little Lulu, Fitzgerald’s Dennis the Menace comic books, and Schulz’s Peanuts as a masterful, involving, funny, and real portrait of kids and their wide world, unlimited by reality—until, at least, it’s time to go home for dinner.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hernandez’s clean and artfully simple illustrations belie the depth of adolescent angst and yearning portrayed in this excellent and all-too-true reminiscence.

Miami Herald

The brilliance of Gilbert Hernandez’s Marble Season isn’t simply that it recreates childhood as many of us remember it, it’s that the book captures the way children perceive the passage of time. It’s not only the best graphic novel to do so, but perhaps the best work of art, period, to demonstrate how kids live in the eternal Now.

London Free Press

Not only does Hernandez beautifully capture the dialogue and interactions between children, he even captures the way they stand — and the way they stop and reflect on a moment. There is a sense of awe and wonder present in children that is often forgotten — or neglected — in adulthood. Hernandez has not forgotten, and his careful drawings and occasional open panels invite readers to pause and remember when each day was a new adventure, and anything could happen if you just said the word: “pretend.”

Iowa Gazette

Marble Season is told in a vivid but measured style that invites readers to linger on those small moments that make childhood so special.

Honolulu Star Advertiser

[Marble Season is] a benign, lovely, encouraging view of [childhood], and a tribute to those that have made this journey before Hernandez did. Marble Season is a formidable work from one of our best cartoonists.

The Comics Reporter

[Hernandez] brings a quiet mastery to his spare panels, with their quick-stroked skies and exaggerated facial expressions.

Chicago Tribune

[Marble Season is] a thoroughly winning work brimming with pleasures about childhood pleasures. As with those comparative carefree times, you may not want to see Marble Season end.

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