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Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson

It’s hard not to be intrigued by the frenetic, outspoken and occasionally nervous-making antics of late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. He was the man behind Gonzo journalism, a personal, subjective form of journalism that tends to neither pull punches nor conform to usual rules and structure of journalism. Plenty has been written about him, and we’ve explored as much about him as we’ve come across – from his work and friendship with illustrator Ralph Steadman, to letters the two wrote back and forth, to an unforgettable and very funny cover letter to the Vancouver Sun that Thompson wrote, to a first-rate rant about delays on his movie to the sadness of his suicide note.Love him or hate him (and there were plenty of folks on each side), there is just no arguing that Thompson was a fascinating, unique and dynamic human being. By turns hilarious, offensive and tragic, he was clearly as tormented as brash, and struggled as hard as anybody to find answers and meaning in life, and then communicated his findingsn in exactly the time and means he saw fit.

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith explores through the medium of a graphic biography who Thompson was and what motivated him, maddened him and consoled him. His brilliance and insight too often muddied by drug abuse, self-sabotage and self-loathing, it looks at Thompson as a person rather than a caricature.

Enjoy a preview below (warning: this is Hunter S. Thompson. Some of the language is a bit salty.)

Posted by on April 19, 2012.

Categories: AbeBooks, graphic novel, illustration

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