Hunter S. Thompson’s birth of the gonzo memoir fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is getting a comics adaptation from Xeric-winning, Eisner nominated artist Troy Little (Chiarascuro). Created in cooperation with the Thompson estate, the book is due this October from Top Shelf. Notably, it’s also the first book to be an “IDW/Top Shelf” production as Little has a prior relationship with IDW 9(they also published his Angora Napkin. “I’m so pleased that one of the first collaborative projects to come out of the Top Shelf / IDW relationship will be Troy Little’s inspired take on a true classic of American literature,” said Top Shelf Editor-In-Chief Chris Staros. “One of the most unforgettable writers turned loose in one of my favorite cities! We can’t wait to show you what Troy’s done with it.”
Thompson’s classic tale follows journo Raoul Duke and attorney Dr. Gonzo on a drug-fueled, prototypical American road trip through the desert backwaters of Vegas.
IDW acquired Top Shelf as an imprint last January, and as most expected the changes to how the long running indie operate have been minimal up until now. This is a promising project, so it’s all good thus far.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.