Hunter S. Thompson's graphic new biography
In a world without Hunter S. Thompson there has been an increase in lackluster biographies and shallow films based on his life. Luckily, Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson is an exception in the pool of dry, recycled material. Author Will Bingley and illustrator Anthony Hope-Smith have created an enticing look into the often chaotic, certainly memorable life of the father of Gonzo journalism. Throughout his life, Thompson was labeled everything from a thief, to a drunk, to an addict, but most importantly, he was a literary icon and a vital 20th century voice.
In the graphic biography's thought provoking introduction, Thompson's long time editor Alan Rinzler asks, "Why isn't Hunter taken more seriously?" As if in direct response to Rinzler's words, Gonzo: A Biography of Hunter S. Thompson focuses purely on the creative period of Thompson's life in the 60s and 70s, with only a few pages dedicated to his dooming decline.
Packed with Bingley's sharp words (and a few of Thompson's own), and Hope-smith's spirited illustrations, Thompson is depicted as the creative, maniacal, and unmatched writer that he was.