Ghetto Klown
Ghetto Klown
By John Leguizamo
Illustrator Christa Cassano, Shamus Beyale, and Drew Friedman
Introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2020
  • Price: $18.99
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-1519-8
  • EAN: 9781419715198
  • Page Count: 208
  • Illustrations: Two-color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: World English
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The graphic novel adaptation of John Leguizamo’s award-winning Broadway play—revised and expanded in paperback

In this graphic-novel adaptation of his award-winning Broadway memoir, John Leguizamo lays bare his life story, sharing memories of his early years as an actor on stage, on television, and in major motion pictures opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Al Pacino, Patrick Swayze, and Steven Seagal, and working for directors Baz Luhrmann and Brian De Palma. Leguizamo opens up about his loves and marriages, while addressing self-doubt and melancholy in a way that enlightens and entertains. This revised and expanded paperback includes an all-new introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Ghetto Klown is autobiographical dynamite—this is Leguizamo at his scathing, honest, moving, comedic best. Among the finest portraits of an artist as a young wounded talented man as I’ve read.”
—Junot Díaz

“My main Johnny Legs has done it again. Ghetto Klown as a graphic novel? DOPENESS.”
—Spike Lee


Praise

Ghetto Klown is autobiographical dynamite—this is Leguizamo at his scathing, honest, moving, comedic best. Among the finest portraits of an artist as a young wounded talented man as I’ve read.”
Junot Díaz
“My main Johnny Legs has done it again. Ghetto Klown as a graphic novel? DOPENESS.”
Spike Lee
“John’s writing is a cross between hip-hop and Eugene O’Neill. His scathing and unforgiving look at his own life takes no prisoners and, best of all, sets himself—and us—free.”
Baz Luhrmann
“John’s writing has always been cutting-edge. His relationships with women, father and son stories, autobiography . . . He is a pioneer in theater and comedy, not just for Latin people, but as much as any comic or playwright I’ve ever seen or read. No one makes me laugh louder than this man. We are better because of him.”
Sophia Vergara
“The graphic novel of Ghetto Klown captures the infectious spirit of John Leguizamo’s live performances with the same surprising humor and cultural insight. These pages make John seem like the coolest super hero in New York.”
Jesse Eisenberg
“A touching and sometimes hilarious graphic novel.”
Parade online
“Though Leguizamo has matured, this insightful and engaging memoir still offers plenty of youthful edginess.”
Booklist

About the author

John Leguizamo’s 35-year career in show business has included turns in movies such as Carlito’s Way, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Chef, as well as six award-winning one-man Broadway shows. In 2018, he received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in New York City. Christa Cassano is a visual artist and storyteller based in Brooklyn. Shamus Beyale grew up in the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and illustrator.