Plus: IDW announces new “Great White Whale” Edition, comic book mini-series packed with bonus features
Back 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 froma 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!
PRAISE FOR TROY LITTLE’S ADAPTATION OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS:
“[Little’s] talents make him perfectly comfortable with the elastic expressions required to recreate the exploits of Thompson and his companion, Dr. Gonzo, as they slingshot between mania, paranoia, rage, and despair… the graphic-novel aspect adds layers to Thompson’s prose.” — Quill & Quire
“Sheer expressiveness… captur[es] the sense of immediacy and paranoia that saturated the original’s long, bad trip… it’s a vivid insight into one of the most fascinatingly creative and unwaveringly troubled writers of his generation.” — Publishers Weekly
“Raoul Duke and his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, come screaming into Las Vegas, searching for the American dream, destined to find only its charred remains… [Troy] Little fits the sensibility of the original comfortably into comics form.” — Booklist