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ISBN13: 9781906838362
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ON SCREEN THEY WERE STARS.

A portrait of four profoundly flawed yet awesome leading men, as well as a window into a time when glamour was sacrosanct and when stardom was achieved rather than manufactured. --Playboy

As the colorful anecdotes collected in this book make clear, some stars are born rather than made.--New York Post

Sellers's outrageously entertaining history proves that today's celebrities don't have much on Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.--The Daily Beast

Hellraisers takes us back to the glory days of stage and screen actors Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.--Connecticut News

OFF SCREEN THEY WERE LEGENDS

So wonderfully captures the wanton belligerence of both binging and stardom you almost feel the guys themselves are telling the tales.--GQ

Like the rejuvenating martinis and blurry haze of cigarettes in Mad Men, Robert Sellers's nostalgic Hellraisers . . . amounts to an unapologetic celebration of the plastered and the damned.--The Wall Street Journal

A rowdy collection of greatest hits.--The New York Times

An incredibly entertaining series of anecdotes, interspersed with unpretentious and conversational interviews--all about drinking.--Los Angeles Times

The most outrageous film book of the season, by far.--The Buffalo News

THE BOOZY BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUR GREATEST ACTORS TO EVER WALK--OR STAGGER--INTO A PUB.

Review:

"'If you're going to hear my confession,' actor Richard Harris says to a hospital priest, 'prepare to be here for days.' He might well have been blurbing this graphic novel biography of Harris, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed — not only stars at the crest of 1960s British new-wave cinema, but fast-living, hard-partying icons of the decade. Sellers adapts his own prose celebrity biography of the same name into this graphic novel by enveloping it with the stars' cautionary Christmas Carol-style visitation to the fictional Martin, a serial drunk and rabble-rouser in the making. It's the adventures of Burton et al., however, that kick the narrative into bleakly hysterical and over-the-top sagas of extreme debauchery and decadence. Sellers's script skips from one outrageous incident to another, deftly and fittingly portrayed by JAKe, who eschews photorealistic depiction in favor of bold, heavy-lined caricature. His illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Kyle Baker and Jamie Hewlett; he skillfully sets these instantly recognizable, larger-than-life characters in their hallucinatory whirlwind tours from drink to drunk and from beds to bed-ridden. A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Raise a glass to the story of four of the greatest actors—and boozers—of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed. This inventive graphic work seamlessly weaves their four biographies into one fast-paced adventure of drunken binges, orgies, parties, and fun. The story begins at a London pub one sorry Christmas and is told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser sitting at the end of the bar alone, drinking himself into oblivion. Hes joined in turn by Burton, Harris, Reed, and OToole, who take Martin on tours of their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic personal lives.

Hellraisers:

“A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss.” —Publishers Weekly

“In the hands of less talented creators, this book would be a boring mess. But its the exact opposite.” —Boing Boing

 

About the Author

Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed, as well as books on Sting, Tom Cruise, and the film industry. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also worked for LucasFilm on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He lives in London, England.

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Gold Gato, June 23, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This graphic presentation of "Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed" is good fun, as the hellraising stars appear as Dickens-like ghosts (yes, O'Toole is still alive, but whatever) to relate their tales of wild debauchery. Jake does a good job of drawing each actor from their initial youthful appearances to their older and more well-remembered images.

Burton takes us through his meeting with Errol Flynn who introduced him to a Hollywood brothel and then on to the Liz & Dick years, which means pictures of Burton in fur coats and sunglasses. Richard Harris shows up as the wild man he really was, his hairline receding as the years pass by. Oliver Reed is more menacing, still looking like the Hulk until the end, and then the flamboyant O'Toole who saunters through life as though he were still playing the nobleman in THE RULING CLASS.

Having worked in Hollywood and seen the so-called puritan/sober stars and producers, most of whom were whacked out of their minds on drugs and plastic surgery, I have always found the take-us-as-we-are alcoholic binges of these four British actors to be far more refreshing...and honest.

Book Season = Winter (just live in the pub)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781906838362
Author:
Sellers, Robert
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Author:
Jake
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'If you're going to hear my confession,' actor Richard Harris says to a hospital priest, 'prepare to be here for days.' He might well have been blurbing this graphic novel biography of Harris, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed — not only stars at the crest of 1960s British new-wave cinema, but fast-living, hard-partying icons of the decade. Sellers adapts his own prose celebrity biography of the same name into this graphic novel by enveloping it with the stars' cautionary Christmas Carol-style visitation to the fictional Martin, a serial drunk and rabble-rouser in the making. It's the adventures of Burton et al., however, that kick the narrative into bleakly hysterical and over-the-top sagas of extreme debauchery and decadence. Sellers's script skips from one outrageous incident to another, deftly and fittingly portrayed by JAKe, who eschews photorealistic depiction in favor of bold, heavy-lined caricature. His illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Kyle Baker and Jamie Hewlett; he skillfully sets these instantly recognizable, larger-than-life characters in their hallucinatory whirlwind tours from drink to drunk and from beds to bed-ridden. A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Raise a glass to the story of four of the greatest actors—and boozers—of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed. This inventive graphic work seamlessly weaves their four biographies into one fast-paced adventure of drunken binges, orgies, parties, and fun. The story begins at a London pub one sorry Christmas and is told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser sitting at the end of the bar alone, drinking himself into oblivion. Hes joined in turn by Burton, Harris, Reed, and OToole, who take Martin on tours of their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic personal lives.

Hellraisers:

“A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss.” —Publishers Weekly

“In the hands of less talented creators, this book would be a boring mess. But its the exact opposite.” —Boing Boing

 

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