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Preview: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #4

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #4

Troy Little (adaptation & c)

Troy Little’s gonzo adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is now available in an all-new format.

This comic book version is presented in black-and-white and at a slightly larger size than the full-color hardcover edition. Each issue also includes pages from Little’s sketchbook and other behind-the-scenes information.

BW • 48 pages • $4.99

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Preview: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #3

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #3

Troy Little (adaptation & c)

Troy Little’s gonzo adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is now available in an all-new format.

This comic book version is presented in black-and-white and at a slightly larger size than the full-color hardcover edition. Each issue also includes pages from Little’s sketchbook and other behind-the-scenes information.

BW • 48 pages • $4.99

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Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Fear. That is the best word to describe my initial reaction to hearing that someone was adapting the classic work by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman into comic book format. The loathing part I held off on, until I saw photos of the creator, Troy Little, dressed up as Dr Thompson. What is this guy playing at? Why is he cosplaying Dr. Thompson as well as making Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into a comic? What is he trying to prove with all this? Why is Jim Mahfood not involved in some way?

I started to form this negative opinion before ever seeing the book. So of course, I did not buy the 176 page graphic novel, out of sheer self-righteous snootiness. But months after the initial release I saw that IDW was turning it into a four issue miniseries. This honestly got my attention because it sounded like such a backwards publishing scheme. Still I was apprehensive, what was going on here? Why was an artist who previously drew Powerpuff Girls comics now drawing Fear & Loathing? What’s the score here? Then I saw the cover on the left…

AFear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1nd this one on the right…

Well, that is definitely a Jim Mahfood cover, maybe this will be okay. So I got a hold of a copy to do a review with, courtesy of the fine folks at IDW Publishing. And, it’s good, so go buy a copy for yourself. See that wasn’t so hard.

For real though, I read through the first issue, they have chopped the graphic novel up into four issues and taken the colors out of it to make a black and white thing that is actually very nice. These are not Ralph Steadman illustrations, obviously because it is drawn by Troy Little, who has a cartoony, playful approach to the work. This is more akin to the portrayal of Dr. Thompson as seen in the Doonesbury strip, than the original artwork by Steadman. Which is probably for the best, I think, because to create a comic in a similar style to Steadman would feel like the artist was trying to siphon off some of the magic and brilliance in the original illustrations.

This is what Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas would look like if it was a Saturday morning cartoon! The images of the Doctor, his attorney and the rest of the cast are deceivingly innocent looking but the story is the same. We have the hallucinogenic bats, the suitcase filled with drugs and an obese Samoan pouring beer over himself, all rendered in a cute cartoon-like style. It is a contrast I had never considered before, but am happy to say works in some demented fashion that should lure in unsuspecting comic readers for the ride.

So my initial fear and loathing thankfully turned out to be unfounded, as Troy Little has immense respect for the good Dr. as you can see from this interview with him. He tried to get into the mind of  Dr. Thompson in all sorts of ways, even renting a red convertible to drive across the desert and going to the Mint 400! The man is dedicated and it shows, it leaves me looking forward to seeing the rest of this savage journey to the heart of the American dream!

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Fear And Loathing in Eastern Canada: Tea With Troy Little Part One

Fear-and-Loathing-in-Las-Vegas-Troy-Little-coverBack in 1971, Hunter S. Thompson was hired by a sports magazine to report on the famous Mint 400, a wild 
off-road race through the desert outside Las Vegas. When the draft he 
submitted — ten times the requested length — was “aggressively rejected” by 
the magazine, Thompson re-fashioned it into Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This “Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” serialized across multiple issues of Rolling Stone, became an instant landmark of counterculture literature, gonzo journalism, and American 
insight.

Last year, IDW Publishing released Hunter S.Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas a graphic novel adaptation by the three-time Eisner award nominee Troy Little . The graphic novel is being re-released as four 48 page comic books, with multiple variant covers. Entitled The Great White Whale edition, the four issues will be packed with a ton of bonus features, and should be available in comic shops soon.

I was fortunate to get a chance to sit down with Troy a little while ago, and had a chance to talk about his adaptation, Star Wars, and Las Vegas. This interview took place prior to the 2016 Eisner awards, where Little was given a nod for Best Lettering.

Graphic Policy: With the serialized graphic novel coming out in May, I wanted to ask
you a bit about that before we got to chat …

Troy Little: That whole serialization thing came out of nowhere. I’m still half in the dark much as anyone. I just found out recently that Ben Templesmith is doing a cover for it and I didn’t ever see the Jim Mahfood cover until it was like in previews, so I’m like that’s awesome because I always felt Jim Mahfood should do this book, y’know, he would be ideal to do Fear and Loathing. And they pitched him but he just didn’t answer the email. I mean here are just certain things you don’t do, but I’m the guy who didn’t say that.

GP: Where you nervous when you were asked about it?

TL: Oh god yeah. Yeah I was working on Power Puff Girls, but the big thing for me is that I’m a huge fan, so I’m the kinda guy that if I heard someone was doing a graphic novel of Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas I’d be very skeptical. But then I’d having to be the guy who’s doing it, so my expectations were way up here, right, so don’t screw it up. And when I sent in my pitch, I thought I’d screwed it up, I thought I’d blew it. I was sitting there, like beating my head after I’d hit send almost like [garbled cursing noise].f&l scan3

GP: I’m gonna be honest; I’ve never read the book nor seen the movie, and so I have no basis for comparison, but the graphic novel is fantastic.

TL: Oh, I’m glad you liked it, that’s awesome.

GP: Oh absolutely.

TL: It’s nice to know too in the sense that without seeing the movie, which is what most people’s first exposure to it (F&L) is that that this stands without that influence.

GP: It really does!

TL: That’s reassuring, (laughs)!

Alex. (laughs) Brett, our chief, he’d said that if you’re a fan of Hunter S. Thompson that you have to get this graphic novel.

TL: I’m really pleased. I had some people ask me just the other day “where can I buy your book?” and so I sent them the amazon link because they’re from the US, and the reviews are there… but they’re all really good, and I’m like “oh… relief.”

GP: It’s… I mean obviously adapting it you’re gonna be more critical of yourself, but it’s really good.

TL: Yeah very much so, I still see the problems. But like any artist they see the problems generally more than the successes.

GP: You lettered the book too, eh?

TL: Yeah, I did everything. Basically they gave me the novel, well they didn’t give me the book, I had the novel, but they just said here’s the novel don’t fuck it up. More or less give us a graphic novel. I coloured it, lettered it, I did all that. Start to finish basically, yeah, it’s all mine, which is amazing to me that they let me do that. That they trusted me to do that, you know? That blows my mind.f&l scan2.png

GP: That was actually something I wanted to ask you about; one of my favourite things about the layouts is how you’ve got the typed text here that looks like prim and proper almost, and the lettering, I felt really goes along with the craziness of how their adventures are going, I really enjoyed…

TL: Thanks.

GP: …the way you laid that out, was it intentional, or a happy coincidence?

TL: Well I like hand lettering, I’m really drawn to that just because you can do more with it, right, that just a static little text, so for me particularly in this story it just added to the manic-ness of it all and you can really just punctuate what they’re saying or emphasize something and just play with it. And then the font on there it’s actually based on the font of a typewriter that Hunter would use. The electric typewriter he was partial too, I found the font base on that.

GP: That’s really cool. It’s a neat touch.

TL: But it’s subtle, (laughs)

GP: But it does look like a typewriter font, which really gives a nice touch to the pages. So you were down in Vegas for the Mint 400. How was that?

TL: Probably a lot different than it was in the 70’s, but I mean everything in Vegas from my experience now having been there twice is way different than in the 70’s. An when I read this book years ago, it left an impression of my head of what Vegas is like and it’s very commercialized since then. A lot of that is gone or buried so you have to really look for it, y’know? And you see like the Vegas Vick sign on Freemont, the cowboy? Like he’s just out front of a 99 cent souvenir store now, it just feels kinda depressing.

GP: It doesn’t have the same… sense of danger about it, eh?

TL: Yeah, I don’t wanna say it’s been cleaned up, but its cleaned up. It’s very touristy, an souvenir… everything’s a souvenir. Nice pen, by the way.

GP: Oh, thank you. Not sure where I got it from, but I think someone gave it to me, honestly. I wasn’t going to reuse a Star Wars pen. Did you see The Force Awakens?

TL: A few times…

GP: Yeah, me too… Going back to the serialization, do you know what extras will be included within the issues?

TL: Uh… I can show you, in fact. I was doing a comic journal of the trip that I was on, like the Vegas trips. I’m not sure if they’re going to include any of the preliminary sketches or any of that stuff, the thumbnails, like that show the process – they might, I don’t know – I don’t even know who’s doing the covers, right, so it’s going to be a surprise to me as much as anyone else. But while I was on tour I was keeping a comic journal. So the first one I did, [show the pages] all that stuff, and right now I working on what just happened at the Mint. So there’s gonna be that, and probably a lot of photos too. So, because we tried to recreate a bit of the Gonzo road trip, so we rented a red convertible and we started off at the polo lounge at the Beverly Hills, and I’ve got the Hunter Thompson get up going.

troy-little hunterGP: Right, yeah I wanted to ask you about that. One of the contributors at Graphic Policy had seen the press release picture of you in the Hunter S. Thompson get up and had wondered if it was an intentional cosplay, and I suppose that it was if you were in the get-up for the road trip?

TL: Yeah it was a little, I mean, it started out when I got this project it was really about getting into character much like an actor would in a sense, I really tried to get into the head of Hunter S. Thompson and read his books again and again, and I was watching the movies… no, I wasn’t watching Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, but I was watching the documentaries, an listening to him talk, listening to audio recordings of him when he did his journalism stuff, so I was really getting into his head space and even went so far as to build the Red Shark as a model kit, which I thought would be good for reference since I suck at drawing cars so I can use that as a quick reference. While I was at it I had this urge to get the patchwork jacket, so I found a guy in New Zealand who I commissioned to make me the jacket, and I ended up taking it to SDCC (2015) that year, with just the preview books, so we had a bunch of preview books and so I went over to the IDW booth in full get up to do the signing, and they said that was awesome.

I was kinda sketchy because I didn’t want to be a parody of Hunter S. Thompson, I didn’t want to make fun of him at all because I have a huge respect for him, so it was sort of a tongue in cheek homage to him. It is eye catchy and things like that so it sort of put the bug in their head, and I said you know what we should do, we should rent a convertible and drive across the desert, and so it sorta came to pass, you know?

GP: How was that, repeating the same road trip as Hunter after adapting the book?

TL: After drawing it, well, it was kinda like… we were on a different mission, for ure, we were doing book promotion so we were hitting book stores and we had that all organised, so we had a trunk full of books an art upplies as opposed to mescaline and ether, but again, so much has change [in Vegas] that’s it’s hard to make that same connection. It’s interesting for sure sitting in the Polo Lounge drinking for hours, and that’s where it all started, right? Although it’s hard to say with Fear and Loathing where the reality of it is and isn’t.

But it’s interesting for sure to put yourself in that place knowing that this is where it happened.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1GP: The comic journal you have there, you said you’ll be including that in the serialized four issues?

TL: Yeah, what we did what we call the Great White Whale edition, it’s a little bit bigger than this and we stripped out the colour to make it just black and white line art for one, adding in the comic journal, and photos and I don’t know what else. We’re breaking it all out over four issues so they’re gonna be big thick comics books.

GP: 48 pages, I think.

TL: Yeah, so they’re gonna be packed full of stuff. I know that in book stores it’s done really really well, but it’s not something people in comic stores would pick up on right away, so it was their idea to serialize it and say “hey comic book people, check this out!”

GP: Yeah, when I read that it was being serialized I remember thinking that at the time usually when a comic book/graphic novel combination are released it’s usually the comic book first.

TL: Yeah, this whole project came about because Ted Adams, who’s the publisher at IDW is a massive life-long HST fanatic, and this was his dream project, so what’s really fascinating to me, or blows my mind I should say, is that they went after the license for this for a long, long time to convince the estate that we can do this and we can do this right and we won’t mess it up, you know? When they finally got the rights they spent a year scouring everyone to write it and draw it. Jim Mahfood, Grant Morrison, all kinds of people had this pitched to them and not one hit the mark. And somehow, with everything they saw that just wasn’t right, I was told they had a meeting and [someone] said “look if we can’t do this right, we’ll just let our license slide – I’d rather not put out the book if we can’t do it right.”

Now I’m not on their radar, right, I’m doing Powerpuff Girls, but I have published with them before and someone there Denton Tipton who became the editor on this book he suggested what about Troy Little, and people said, I guess from what I’m told, “oh that could work. Ask him.” So it was literally out of the blue I was sending in Powerpuff Girls pages, and in an email that said “oh these pages look great. How would you feel about pitching Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas?”

It was diametrically opposed to what I was doing, so I spent a lot of time not doing it, but they finally gave me a hard deadline so I sent off a page and then thought I’d blown it.

Two days later I find out I got the job.

They told me that I was the first one out of probably hundreds of people in the comic industry – probably far more qualified than me in some ways – to nail the tone of the story with one page which floors me, you know? There’s a guy on the east coast of Canada doing the definitive book about the death of the American Dream. There’s something kinda poetic about that.f&l scan.png


Look for Part Two of this interview coming next month.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Paul

Top Pick: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Wait, what??? A DC title on my list?  AND the top pick??  Yup…I am really looking forward to this Rebirth thing that’s coming up.  I didn’t get into New 52 (though I did read a few titles) but this looks like a good opportunity to dive into DC again.  I’m sure this will be something that is talked about for a long time, and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

Extraordinary X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The Apocalypse Wars are in full swing, and the X-Men are making their away across the different lands of Omega World trying to get back to their time and save their teacher in the process.  I’ve enjoyed reading this latest story arc; it’s been action filled and fun to see the younger X-Men spending their time in this world and growing into X-Men.

Mockingbird #3 (Marvel) – this has been an interesting read; Bobbi having numerous side effects from her exposure to the Super Soldier formula and the Infinity formula has lead to some weird things happening to her.  And not to mention keeping up with SHIELD and her spy duties.  All in a days work for her, and I am looking forward to see where this leads.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (DC Comics) – Ok so now you’re thinking I’ve just totally lost it.  ANOTHER DC title on my pick list…and it’s Scooby Doo?!  This looks interesting to me; sounds like a great twist on a childhood classic and the redesign of the characters does look pretty cool (though I’m still on the fence about hipster Shaggy).  But this looks like a fun ride.

 

Madison

Monstress #6 (Image Comics) – Monstress is easily and very quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Marjorie Liu has written an amazing fantasy story with great underlying themes, and Sana Takeda’s gorgeous illustration makes the characters and world feel real.

We(l)come Back #8 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m so sad that this is the final issue of the series! Sebela has taken an awesome concept (time traveling assassins) and fleshed it out into an amazing story with characters you love and root for.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – A sequel to one of the best miniseries I’ve read in a long time always interests me. When the first issue actually lives up to expectations? I’m in.

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I loved the graphic novel version of this, and having seen a sampling of the special features included in this 48 page comic when I had a chat with Troy Little, I’m super excited to get a chance to read the finished article.

Johnny Red #7 (Titan Comics) – I just love this series. The artwork, the story, the setting…  everything about this comic just works for me.

Judge Dredd #6 (IDW Publishing) – Didn’t the last issue just come out? I could probably find out, but I don’t care enough to find out. I’m just happy to read the next issue.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #5 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Such a fantastic series that’s a bit horror, a bit action, a bit superhero and all staring a teenage girl into anime. This is a mature title that is grossly overlooked and one that is flying under the radar. Every issue has knocked it out of the park and I expect no less from this.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is back as his younger self and donning the mantle of Captain America once again. It’ll be interesting to see how this comic makes itself stand out from the Sam Wilson led one, and also how Steve acts now he’s back to the way he used to be.

East of West #26 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue and that’s a shame because this apocalyptic Western is an amazing read with every issue.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I read the full graphic novel, and now broken out in single issues, I’ll read it again. It perfectly captures the frenetic nature of the novel and movie that came out of it.

Nighthawk #1 (Marvel) – The Squadron Supreme character gets his own comic series. The fact David Walker is writing is is what has me really interested and how he makes the character stand on his own as opposed to a certain other big city vigilante from another publisher.

Fear and Loathing at the Mint 400 — and in Your Comic Shop!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Back in 1971, Hunter S. Thompson was hired by a sports magazine to report on the famous Mint 400, a wild 
off-road race through the desert outside Las Vegas. When the draft he 
submitted — ten times the requested length — was “aggressively rejected” by 
the magazine, Thompson re-fashioned it into Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This “Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” serialized across multiple issues of Rolling Stone, became an instant landmark of counterculture literature, gonzo journalism, and American 
insight.

In recent years, the long-dormant Mint 400 has been revived from a two-decade hiatus to become bigger than ever — and Canadian artist Troy Little has adapted Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal work into a graphic novel that critics call “outstanding” and “buzzing with manic energy.”

Now, Troy Little heads back to Vegas to re-trace Thompson’s steps, meeting fans and signing books as a Guest of Honor at the Mint 400, for 
which he has drawn the official poster (March 10-12, 2016, 
www.themint400.com). At the same time, IDW Publishing celebrates the 
success of Little’s stunning adaptation — and tips a hat to Rolling Stone — with HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS: The “Great White Whale” Edition. This serialized edition presents the acclaimed 
graphic novel as a comic book mini-series, featuring Little’s original 
never-before-seen black and-white artwork, and stuffed with new bonus 
features.

The first 48-page issue will be available with multiple covers, 
featuring brand-new designs by Troy Little and Jim Mahfood, plus a blank “sketch variant” cover. It launches in May — talk to your favorite 
comic shop to reserve your copies today!

Preview: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson (w) • Troy Little (adaptation, a & c)

In proud partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s seminal book of the same name. Join Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 176 pages • ISBN: 978-1-60309-375-0

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Fashion Spotlight: Fear and Loathing in Mos Eisley, Companion Cube Manual, and One Destiny

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Fear and Loathing in Mos Eisley, Companion Cube Manual, and One Destiny from Troublemakers, drsimonbutler76, and StudioM6 will be for sale on July 29, 2015 only!

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One Destiny by StudioM6

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Top Shelf to Adapt Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS GN 1Legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s genius was rooted in his ability to blend reality with fiction, serious cultural analysis with madcap escapades, astonishing words with unforgettable images.

In that spirit, and in proud partnership with the Thompson estate, Top Shelf Productions has announced Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s book of the same name.

The much-beloved Fear and Loathing, subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS GN 2Troy Little’s faithful adaptation, scheduled for October 2015, will capture the full gonzo experience in a glorious full color graphic novel. Little is previously known for the Xeric-award-winning graphic novel Chiaroscuro and for his Eisner-nominated series Angora Napkin, both from IDW Publishing. Now, his irrepressibly energetic cartooning brings a new level of manic energy to Thompson’s rocket-fueled narrative.

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes to a store near you this fall!

Title: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Graphic Novel)
Author/Artist: Troy Little
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
Distributor: Diamond Book Distributors
Release Date: October 2015

IDW Goes “Gonzo”

IDW Publishing is taking a trip through bat country, adapting Hunter S. Thompson‘s acclaimed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into an original graphic novel! Grab your keys, pack your stash, and join IDW on the twisted journey in an all-new graphic experience.

The release date and creative team have yet to be determined, however IDW is committed to bringing the passionate energy of the novel to both new readers and veteran Gonzos alike. Preserving Thompson’s rebellious spirit is a top priority for IDW. This exciting new project further explores the literary relationship between novels and comics that IDW actively pursues.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas follows Thompson on his surreal journey through Sin City. His trip was molded by the stimulants and psychedelics that mom warned you about. Influenced by the death of American counter-culture the story challenges the idea and application of the “American Dream.” In 1998, Fear and Loathing was translated to film by the award-winning director Terry Gilliam and featured Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke (Thompson’s alias) in the lead role.

Thompson’s work has been instrumental in the development of modern American journalism appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. His trademark “Gonzo” style of writing is praised for its fluid tales laced with danger and corruption, often examining the hazards of contemporary American existence. Already renowned for their literary adaptations by best-selling authors including Stephen King Anne Rice, Cory Doctorow, George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, Richard Stark, James Patterson, and many others, IDW looks forward to capturing Thompson’s distinct view of the world.