Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reader's Diary #1451- Hunter S. Thompson (writer), Troy Little (artist): Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Having read the non-comic version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas before, I can honestly say that the only reason I wanted to read this adaptation is because the illustrator is from Prince Edward Island. As much as I wasn't a fan of the original book, I will admit that getting the rights to turn it into a graphic novel is kind of a big deal.

Troy Little wasn't able to convince me that it's a good book (just a rambling Hunter S. Thompson  trying to show how cool he is by doing stupid amounts of illegal drugs and treating everyone else like they're idiots), but I was nonetheless impressed with his artistry. Actually one thing I liked about the original was Ralph Steadman's illustrations. Perhaps one might see an influence in Little's work, but for an entire comic, I'm glad that Little's were more lucid. Granted, they were wild and psychedelic when suitable (often), but consistent enough to keep such an out-there story coherent. And just recently having been to Vegas, I think he did an admirable job of capturing it (especially the outdoor settings).

The zany characters too were well done. Expressive and exaggerated caricatures-- what other kind could he draw from the source material?

On that note, I'll definitely be looking for more of Little's work. Thompson? I'll pass.

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