Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of those books that grabs a hold of the imagination and wonders(and hopes again) if everything Hunter S. Thompson describes actually happened to him. For those who haven’t read the book or seen the Johnny Depp adaptation, Troy Little’s adaption of Fear and Loathing is going to blow your mind. The book focuses on Hunter S. Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke as he goes on the mother of all benders in Las Vegas. He is accompanied by his attorney Dr. Gonzo. In real life Gonzo was Oscar Zeta Acosta, and he disappeared for real. The two are set to cover a motorcycle race, and end up crashing a drug-enforcement convention. Together they rack up insane room-service bills, pick up straglers and even cause trouble for Debbie Reynolds.
Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little put together Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with the special care of a devoted fan. The art is frighteningly superb, making sure to capture every drug-addled moment. In fact, the graphic novel helped clarify a few of the points that I missed with both the book and the film. Troy Little is talented and captures the insanity of a Hunter S. Thompson book.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is available now from Top Shelf Productions.