One of the most acclaimed works of pop culture is bringing its “too weird to live, too rare to die” mentality to another level, as Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, have announced the first-ever graphic novel adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. With art by cartoonist Troy Little (artist of the Eisner-nominated IDW series Angora Napkin), the graphic novel depicts Thompson’s story in the way it was meant to be seen: with panels that detail the book’s manic, exciting and often gonzo narrative.
“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 in a press release. “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.”
The graphic novel is scheduled to be released in October, and according to IDW, “follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.” Below, EW has your exclusive first look at the infamous opening.