Hellraisers by Robert Sellers

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Raise a glass to the story of four of the greatest actors—and boozers—of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed. This inventive graphic work seamlessly weaves their four biographies into one fast-paced adventure of drunken binges, orgies, parties, and fun. The story begins at a London pub one sorry Christmas and is told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser sitting at the end of the bar alone, drinking himself into oblivion. He’s joined in turn by Burton, Harris, Reed, and O’Toole, who take Martin on tours of their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic personal lives.

Hellraisers:

“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.” —Publishers Weekly

“In the hands of less talented creators, this book would be a boring mess. But it’s the exact opposite.” —Boing Boing
 

 

About Robert Sellers

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Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed, as well as books on Sting, Tom Cruise, and the film industry. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also worked for LucasFilm on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He lives in London, England.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Harry N. Abrams. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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“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

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Hellraisers

The New York Times

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A rowdy collection of riotous tales about four of the British Isles’ most stylish drunken actors: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed.

Nov 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Hellraisers

Publishers Weekly

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“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

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Hellraisers

BC Books

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Too many similar boozy anecdotes without much insight into any of the actors make for a soggy read.

Apr 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Hellraisers

The Wall Street Journal

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Portraits of an era when detox-as-career-move was unthinkable

Dec 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Hellraisers

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