Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Long before he took his own life, Hunter S. Thompson had grown from a writer and journalist into a literary legend. Film portrayals by Bill Murray and Johnny Depp helped skyrocket Thompson's over-the-top, Gonzo lifestyle into a blend of fact and fiction. And Troy Little's (Angora Napkin) graphic-novel adaptation of the good doctor's most well-known work continues the lionization. While Little adheres more closely to Thompson's book than Depp's film, the influence of the latter—as well as Thompson's pop-culture image—certainly guides Little's project. Nonetheless, he does have a deep understanding of the manic insanity, cultural commentary and necessary humor of Fear and Loathing. Using sequential art's formatting and style, Little brings the chaos inherent in the text to every page and his panel breaks underline the humor and insight. Overall, a great adaptation that understands Thompson at his core and the legend that he's become.