Tuesday, December 7, 2010

GONZO: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mold-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.”

Everyone’s heard of Hunter S. Thompson – the man was mythical in his own lifetime, undoubtedly more so now he’s gone. His legendary adventures birthed a style of journalism now synonymous with his name. He’s an icon and a vital force in the history of the 20th century. But you know all this.

Newcomers Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith fill in the bits you maybe don’t know in their debut graphic novel Gonzo from the same publishing house that brought you that other excellent biography, Cash: I See a Darkness.

“Of course everyone is painfully aware of Hunter’s persona in popular culture and to an extent the Gonzo mythos is a terrible mis-representation of the man,” says Bingley.

“Thompson caricatured himself to the point of self-parody, and it sadly became the perception among his many detractors that this was indeed the man himself. We wanted to reflect that aspect of his character, where relevant, but to also peel back the curtain to show the man,” says Hope-Smith, whose beautifully European styled artwork is totally Gosh! approved.

The book is reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, and over at the SelfMadeHero website you can see both Bingley and Hope-Smith blogging about Thompson, the book, and their working methods. In fact if you’re thinking of writing a comic yourself Bingley gives you his Nine Rules of Writing Comics that he implores you to ignore.
We have a strictly limited 200 copies of the Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition signed and numbered by both authors for just the standard cover price of £14.99. If you’d like to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order just drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com.