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A Graphic Biography

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“God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell.” – Richard Burton

Hellraisers is the story of four of the greatest boozers of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed. Robert Sellers and JAKe cleverly weave the four biographies seamlessly into one fast-paced adventure of drunken binges, orgies, parties and fun. 

Told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser, we begin our tale in a typical London pub at Christmas time. Martin sits alone at the end of the bar, drinking himself into oblivion. Our four hellraisers, alerted to a comrade in need, are compelled to intervene. One by one, they take this disillusioned soul on a personal tour of their lives, their tumultuous childhoods, rise to stardom, and chaotic personal lives; providing all wannabe hellraisers with a graphic account of four very cautionary tales.

Praise for Hellraisers:

“Be your own best friend and get Hellraisers by Robert Sellers & JAKe. One of the best graphic novels I’ve read in ages.” – Adam Hughes, DC Comics (Wonder Woman, Before Watchmen)

“Hellraisers is brilliant and rollicking. You can almost smell the fumes as you read. A graphic novel that will leave your eyes smarting like pickled onions.” – Julian Barratt, The Mighty Boosh

“Sellers captures their roguish charm and poignant melancholy, while JAKe expresses the glint in the eyes that never dimmed.” ★★★★ – Danny Graydon, Empire Magazine

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 18, 2013 –  If you re going to hear my confession, actor Richard Harris says to a hospital priest, prepare to be here for days. He might well have been blurbing this graphic novel biography of Harris, Richard Burton, Peter O Toole, and Oliver Reed not only stars at the crest of 1960s British new-wave cinema, but fast-living, hard-partying icons of the decade. Sellers adapts his own prose celebrity biography of the same name into this graphic novel by enveloping it with the stars cautionary Christmas Carol-style visitation to the fictional Martin, a serial drunk and rabble-rouser in the making. It s the adventures of Burton et al., however, that kick the narrative into bleakly hysterical and over-the-top sagas of extreme debauchery and decadence. Sellers s script skips from one outrageous incident to another, deftly and fittingly portrayed by JAKe, who eschews photorealistic depiction in favor of bold, heavy-lined caricature. His illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Kyle Baker and Jamie Hewlett; he skillfully sets these instantly recognizable, larger-than-life characters in their hallucinatory whirlwind tours from drink to drunk and from beds to bed-ridden. A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss.


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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 20, 2011
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero
  • Seller: Metro Media Ltd
  • Print Length: 160 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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