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Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompsonby Will Bingley
Synopses & Reviews
Over the course of Hunter S. Thompson’s extraordinary life he was publicly branded a bum, a vandal, a thief, a liar, an addict, a freak, and a psychopath. Some of which were true. Yet even when compared to the most significant figures of the 20th century, his legacy retains a brilliantly vital force. The great American writer, the great American iconoclast, the great American hedonist—however you choose to view him, Thompson remains the high-water mark for all social commentators worldwide, and a truly fearless champion of individual liberties. This is his story, the story of a troubled kid from Louisville who went on to become an international icon. A story that plumbs the darkest depths of American society and charts the now legendary adventures that birthed Gonzo Journalism, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and a lifestyle beyond imagination.
Praise for Gonzo:
“I was attracted to its bright orange cover and the drawing of the long-legged Thompson clutching a satchel, running away from something. It was enough to entice me to crack open the book. I didn't stop reading until I was finished, past my bedtime, a couple of hours later.” —Boing Boing
“This diamond-sharp graphic biography is a witty, thoughtful book . . . Bingley and Hope-Smith’s portrait is brave and badass, taking the kind of chances Thompson would have appreciated.” —Publishers Weekly
"Exactly what it says on the tin . . . brilliant." —Brain Pickings
"This diamond-sharp graphic biography is a witty, thoughtful book that pays about as much attention to chronology and the strict reportorial truth of the matter as Thompson ever did himself. The early years of roustabout freelancing are covered in brisk fashion, as the acid-tongued writer was briefly at home among the beatniks and covering outlaws like the Hell's Angels. The rise of hippiedom and his getting worked over by said Angels put an end to that, leading to the bug-eyed phantasmagoria that would become Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Throughout, Thompson's self-doubt is plainly, sweetly evident — on the opening page of his Vegas odyssey is stamped this pained quote: 'I'd just as soon not be dismissed as some drug-addled clown.' The rest of the book illustrates his descent into that same clownish, blocked self-parodic figure he wanted to escape. In a bravura move, the 1980s and 1990s are each handled by exactly one, very similar page. Bingley and Hope-Smith's portrait of the man is brave and badass, taking the kind of chances Thompson would have appreciated, with buckshot impressionism, crisply scripted and drawn with Loony Tunes panache." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Will Bingley began his career in the film industry, working as a scriptwriter and script editor on several major studio productions before moving into TV and advertising work. He is a contributor to several major U.S. anthologies and journals. Anthony Hope-Smith studied graphic design and animation and now works as an illustrator. This is his first full-length graphic novel.
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