What is GONZO?

GONZO – a graphic novel biography of Hunter S Thompson from SelfMadeHero on Vimeo.

If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up”

“The great American iconoclast, the great American outlaw, the great American hedonist. However you choose to view him, Thompson remains the high water mark for social commentators worldwide, and a truly fearless champion of individual liberties.This is his story.”

If you’re still wondering whether or not to buy a copy of our Hunter S Thompson biography, then we thought you might like to see a little animated preview of it first – to get the feel of it. If you are wondering if the rest of the book is as good as that, we’ve included some reviews of the biography below. If you still need some convincing then pick up issue 4 of Comic Heroes magazine as it’s carrying an extract in the current issue.

If this is the first you’ve heard of the book, then you should know that it was written by Will Bingley and illustrated by Anthony Hope-Smith and for the Hunter aficionados out there, we commissioned a fascinating introduction by Alan Rinzler, who was Hunter’s editor at Rolling Stone Books.

Here’s what some people thought of GONZO:

“With taught and evocative writing from Will Bingley and superb black and white illustrations from Anthony Hope-Smith, Gonzo is a meth-soaked journey down the path of self-destruction that defined 20th century counter culture.” Esquire

“rigid, intense copy by Will Bingley and evocative black and white artwork from Anthony Hope-Smith Gonzo – A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson brings this enraged, politically charged romantic’s life into full focus documenting him from birth foul-mouthed and full-circle through oddball activism, misplaced love and “king-high” drug abuse to his untimely, tragic suicide. We’re calling it “a must”. Maxim

“Hope-Smith’s art is beautifully realized. Thompson is rendered not as a the hedonistic outlaw superman of legend but as a twitchy and surprisingly sensitive human being…Those readers who are familiar with Thompson’s work will see certain scenes played out from a new perspective.” The Wall Street Journal

“In a partnership and style reminiscent of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Hope-Smith complements Bingley’s texts with strong brushwork and predominantly widescreen compositions. The team make good use of the gaps between what is said and what is shown to create irony and counterpoint. Theirs is the perfect language to evoke Thompson’s fierce, angry intelligence that made him one of the modern world’s most outspoken and courageous commentators and defenders of liberties. As those same liberties still come under threat these days, let’s hope that it will be Thompson’s no-bullshit attitude to hypocrisy and authority and his persistent search for truth that inspire rebel readers and writers to follow his trail. That is a legacy even he might have been proud of.” Paul Gravett

Gonzo is an excellent, entertaining and informative biography, a great read and an intriguing calling card from creators to watch out for.” Shiny Shelf

“SelfMadeHero’s graphic adaptation may actually prove a respectful and interesting intersection of the graphic and the real” NewYorkPress.com

“The graphic novel is a hugely satisfying read, whether you have an interest in Thompson or not. And for someone unfamiliar with Thompson it’s an excellent introduction to his life and work.” ComicsBuzz

“All in all, Gonzo does exactly what I was hoping it would, it’s a fascinating biography, a triumph of a graphic novel and a beautifully realised picture of a unique man. It may be a late addition, but Gonzo has easily made it onto my best of year list. SelfMadeHero really have a knack of putting out some of the best origginal graphic novels around.” Richard Bruton, The Forbidden Planet International Blog

You can buy a copy of the first edition on Amazon, while stock last, here: http://bit.ly/peyoteflower.

You’ll also find signed editions (at no extra cost) at the following independent stores across the country – Gosh! Comics, Mega City Comics, Page 45, Travelling Man Leeds, selected Forbidden Planet Internationals, OK Comics and Orbital Comics.

ISBN: 9781906838119

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