Hunter S. Thompson’s renowned gonzo journalism novel, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, is being adapted into a graphic novel. While IDW did not release details about the creative team during the panel, I’m curious to see how this story gets told in comic form. There is a lot of potential for some crazy drugged-out visual storytelling. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.
Official Press Release:
San Diego, CA (July 19, 2013) – IDW Publishing is excited to announce it 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, “I’ve read Thompson throughout my entire life, I’m very serious about doing this novel right,” said IDW CEO/President Ted Adams. 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.