Ghetto Klown (Hardcover)

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By John Leguizamo, Christa Cassano (Illustrator), Shamus Beyale (Illustrator)
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I am in love with Ghetto Klown, John Leguizamo's graphic (in both senses) memoir of growing up, acting, and, gradually, learning how to create his own kind of theater. His artistic collaborators for this Eisner-nominated work, Crista Cassano and Shamus Beyale, do an amazing job of getting Leguizamo's kinetic persona across, and contribute their own share of visual comedy. If you love New York City, the art of the one-person show, crazy personal stories—or just have a soft spot for Johnny Legs—this is the book for you.

— Ellen

About the Author


John Leguizamo’s 30-year career in show business has included turns in movies such as Chef, Ride Along, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Carlito’s Way and onstage in five award-winning one-man shows.


Christa Cassano is a Brooklyn-based artist and member of Hang Dai Studios in Gowanus.

Praise For…


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.”


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


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“A touching and sometimes hilarious graphic novel.”


“Though Leguizamo has matured, this insightful and engaging memoir still offers plenty of youthful edginess.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419715181
ISBN-10: 1419715186
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 185
Language: English