Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Praise Gonzo!

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Some praise for GONZO:

“Text and image interact and collide with audacious, intuitive logic, capturing the essence… And when you get to the end, you realize the whole damn thing was pulled off without a single cliché.” 
– Michel Faber, critic and author of The Crimson Petal and the White

“Hope-Smith’s art is beautifully realized. Thompson is rendered not as a the hedonistic outlaw superman of legend but as a twitchy and surprisingly sensitive human being…Those readers who are familiar with Thompson’s work will see certain scenes played out from a new perspective.” 
- The Wall Street Journal

“Sensibly, Hope-Smith's dark, energetic and rather splendid illustrations and Bingley's sharp words (a fair few of Thompson's are thrown in to good effect) focus more on the creativity of the 60s and 70s than the decline of later years, dedicating just a few tortured pages to the remaining years.” 
The Guardian

“With taught and evocative writing from Will Bingley and superb black and white illustrations from Anthony Hope-Smith, Gonzo is a meth-soaked journey down the path of self-destruction that defined 20th century counter culture.” 
- Esquire

“Rigid, intense copy by Will Bingley and evocative black and white artwork from Anthony Hope-Smith Gonzo – A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson brings this enraged, politically charged romantic’s life into full focus documenting him from birth foul-mouthed and full-circle through oddball activism, misplaced love and “king-high” drug abuse to his untimely, tragic suicide. We’re calling it “a must” ” 
- Maxim

“Gonzo is an excellent, entertaining and informative biography, a great read and an intriguing calling card from creators to watch out for.” 
- Shiny Shelf

“The graphic novel is a hugely satisfying read, whether you have an interest in Thompson or not. And for someone unfamiliar with Thompson it’s an excellent introduction to his life and work.” 

“All in all, Gonzo does exactly what I was hoping it would, it’s a fascinating biography, a triumph of a graphic novel and a beautifully realised picture of a unique man. It may be a late addition, but Gonzo has easily made it onto my best of year list. SelfMadeHero really have a knack of putting out some of the best original graphic novels around.”  
 - Richard Bruton, The Forbidden Planet International Blog

“In a partnership and style reminiscent of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Hope-Smith complements Bingley’s texts with strong brushwork and predominantly widescreen compositions. The team make good use of the gaps between what is said and what is shown to create irony and counterpoint. Theirs is the perfect language to evoke Thompson’s fierce, angry intelligence that made him one of the modern world’s most outspoken and courageous commentators and defenders of liberties. As those same liberties still come under threat these days, let’s hope that it will be Thompson’s no-bullshit attitude to hypocrisy and authority and his persistent search for truth that inspire rebel readers and writers to follow his trail. That is a legacy even he might have been proud of.” 
- Paul Gravett, The Man At The Crossroads, freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, one of the worlds foremost experts on the Graphic Novel in all it’s forms, author of  (among others) MANGA Sixty years of Japanese Comics, GRAPHIC NOVELS Stories To Change Your Life and 1001 COMICS You Must Read Before You Die

Many thanks go out to all who have shown an interest in, and offered kind words and feedback regarding, our first graphic novel! 


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