Prince Edward Island

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas adapted by P.E.I. comic artist

Troy Little chosen for adaptation of classic Hunter S. Thompson work of gonzo journalism

CBC News

July 07, 2015

P.E.I. graphic artist Troy Little stands in front of a page of artwork for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (Pat Martel/CBC)

A P.E.I. comic artist has completed an official graphic novel adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's iconic book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Troy Little was hired by Top Shelf publishing, and has spent the last year creating the novel, which will be released this fall.

ADVERTISEMENT

The estate of Hunter S. Thompson had final say on who they wanted to create the novel.

"I sent in a pitch, some art work, and the Thompson estate seemed to like it," said Little.

"I've loved Hunter's work for years, I've read so many of his books, I'm a big fan of Ralph Steadman, the artist that usually works with him as well. It was a big honour to work on this project, it was something I just could not turn down."

Little said a big challenge of doing the graphic novel adaptation is that the beauty of Thompson's work is in his words.

"I didn't want to adapt it in a sense, and take away or change things," he said.

Little is attending Comic-Con for the first time this week in San Diego to present his graphic novels. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will be released in October, but a preview will be available at Comic-Con.

Little has been nominated for 2 Eisner awards for his original graphic novel series Angora Napkin. He is also the artist behind the reboot of the Power Puff Girls.

Start the day smarter
Get the CBC News Morning Brief, the essential news you need delivered to your inbox