Wednesday, February 9, 2011

GONZO: A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON - A WORD WITH THE CO-CREATORS



When I read about Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith's new illustrated, graphic biography of Hunter S. Thompson, my first thought was, "How much more to the story could there possibly be?" Even the title put me off. Gonzo. We get it. But after a quick chat with the graphic novel’s co-creators over a couple of pints, I was enthusiastic. These guys are the real deal.

Hope-Smith rattled off a list of dream inkers and letterers, Bingley confessed that if he had to sleep with a man it would be Bill Murray and together, they make an awesome pop culture-consuming duo. This time, it’s about giving Hunter S. Thompson a new voice and dispelling the cartoon persona that they admit Thompson himself is to blame for.


So why Hunter S. Thompson? Is he a personal anti-hero?

Will: He is... For starters, he’s an amazing person. Secondly, we felt that he’d been misrepresented, particularly with the movies and bigger US papers. His broader image is that pure kind of gonzo thing, which is a massive misrepresentation of him. So we figured we could go in and tell a more interesting story.
Anthony: He is very much perceived as a caricature persona, which, admittedly, is a persona that he came up with for himself. But it meant people didn’t take him as seriously as they should have.

Click here to read the full interview on Don't Panic Online

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