'Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas' Graphic Novel From Top Shelf in October 2015
This October Top Shelf Productions and IDW Publishing will be releasing Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Graphic Novel) adapted by Troy Little, an Eisner nominated artist who will be the author and artist on this graphic novel. With a cartoonist like Troy Little I love it when the artist is also the author, it gives him the ability to convey exactly the manic craziness that he envisioned in his mind with the script directly to the panels without the filter that comes from collaborating with others. I haven't read the original nor seen any of the movies based on Thompson's writings, but I read some of Thompson's articles when he was still with us and I've always found him to be an amazingly interesting character in American culture/ counter-culture. I've put the original novel on my reading list so hopefully I'll get to it before this graphic novel comes out in October.
Here is the offical write up from IDW and a few art samples from the graphic novel.
Top Shelf Announces Graphic Novel OfHunter S. Thompson’sFEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGASAdapted By Troy Little
“What were we doing out here...? What was the meaning of this trip? Did I actually have a big red convertible out there on the street? Was I just roaming around these Mint Hotel escalators in a drug frenzy of some kind, or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story?” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Marietta, GA (May 27, 2015) – Legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s genius was rooted in his ability to blend reality with fiction, serious cultural analysis with madcap escapades, astonishing words with unforgettable images.
In that spirit, and in proud partnership with the Thompson estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s book of the same name.
"I'm so pleased that one of the first collaborative projects to come out of the Top Shelf / IDW relationship will be Troy Little's inspired take on a true classic of American literature," said Top Shelf Editor-In-Chief Chris Staros. "One of the most unforgettable writers turned loose in one of my favorite cities! We can't wait to show you what Troy's done with it."
The much-beloved Fear and Loathing, subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.
Troy Little’s faithful adaptation, scheduled for October 2015, will capture the full gonzo experience in a glorious full color graphic novel. Little is previously known for the Xeric-award-winning graphic novel Chiaroscuro and for his Eisner-nominated seriesAngora Napkin, both from IDW Publishing. Now, his irrepressibly energetic cartooning brings a new level of manic energy to Thompson’s rocket-fueled narrative.
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegascomes to a store near you this fall!
Title: Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(The Graphic Novel)
Author/Artist: Troy Little
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
Distributor: Diamond Book Distributors
Release Date: October 2015