Writer and artist Troy Little is turning the manic writings of writer and counter-culture icon Hunter S. Thompson in to a comic book. He will adapting the classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and it will be the first official printing of Gonzo journalist’s work in this medium. The book is to be published by IDW Publishing. No word yet on the release date.
“I did my very best to honor the source material and hope that this book may introduce a new set of readers to his work so that they too may ‘Buy the Ticket and Take the Ride’.”
Originally a piece for Rolling Stone magazine, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was first published as a hard back book in 1972. What started as Thompson working on story about a Las Vegas motorcycle race while traveling with lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta turned into a tale about the ups and downs of the two ( Hunter as Ronald Duke and Oscar as Dr. Gonzo) as they go on a massive drug binge in the city of excess. As their activities soon get to them, Hunter ponders many topics like the death of the love generation, the not so romantic effects of drugs, the greed and clash of values that the city gives him, and how the American dream could only be that, a dream. The book is also famous for its illustrations by Ralph Steadman, who would continue to create images for Thompson’s other writings.
Fear and Loathing became a classic very quickly. In 1998, Terry Gilliam directed a film version of the trippy fable with Johnny Depp as Ronald Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It earned great to mixed reviews at the time and it has become a cult classic.
Troy Little has been in the comic business since 2000. Some of his noted works include the comedy series Angora Napkin, a book about a silly three-piece all girl rock band. The series is still being worked on to this day and it was turned into a pilot for an animated series that didn’t happen.
He also created a Powerpuff Girls comic and worked on many animated series for various networks. All links to his creations can be seen on his website.
I am a big Hunter S. Thompson fan, I love Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the movie version is one of my favorite films of all time. Even to the point where I quote it often and rewatching it as I am writing this article. I didn’t know who Troy Little was until I learned about this project. I have only seen the pilot of Angora Napkin and I found it to be okay (Reminded me of Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which I really enjoyed. Both the comics and the animated movie). I am interested in his other works. His art work may not fully look like Ralph Steadman’s drawings, but they look pretty damn good. Safe to say, I wanna see this thing.
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Source: The Guardian