GONZO: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson Written by Will Bingley, Illustrated by Anthony Hope-Smith

“Throughout history, art and politics have always shared a very close relationship.  This is because art describes a nation in a way that pure politics cannot.  Artworks, folk tales, songs, whatever…creates a common language, the neighborhood if you like – the cultural framework of a nation.  Inside which everything, all national events and all politics, occur.”

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, in recent years, with the emergence of new generations, has become a cartoon, a figure of fictional fantasy, drug addled and almost inorganic in form due to his showcased excesses.  His true nature and the point of his own referred existence have been tainted.  That is why a biography in the graphic format, superbly done by Bingley and Hope-Smith, is the perfect way to display to these new generations, these inquisitive onlookers and late blooming fascinated children, and those who may have forgotten that Thompson was much more than a psychedelic reporter jumping from pills, to women, to the bottle and back again.  He was a writer whose strength of wit and structure was built over time, of which this span of time was an extremely tumultuous era between peace and war, hippies and hawks.  Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsburg, the Hell’s Angels, Richard Nixon, the ’68 Democratic Convention in Chicago, he was there for all of it.  These people and events are meant to be recalled when present and future decision making is on the line, and Thompson lent his pitch perfect voice to those past events that were just as hysterical.  ‘Gonzo’ alludes to this fact in a way that I don’t believe set prose could do as properly.  This biography can be read for the historical context, a curiosity of Thompson, the graphic quality, or just for a good story.  A reader that opts to engage in this graphic novel receives all four, with their money and time much better spent than watching, Rum Diary’ or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.   I understand that ‘Gonzo’ is Bingley and Hope-Smith’s first full length project.  Keep an eye out.

 

Published by Samien Schoen

A fan, and promoter, of the graphic novel artform. A lover of life and song. A dreamer of incredible and alternate realities. A witness to the dedication of an open mind.

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