Ghetto Klown


This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2021.

ISBN: 9781419715198 Category:

John Leguizamo


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

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15.3 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 2 March 2021
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Christa Cassano and Shamus Beyale, Introduction and notes by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dimensions 15.3 x 22.9 cm
Weight 300 g

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. Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, singer, actor, producer, and playwright. He is widely known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights, winner of four Tony Awards, and Hamilton, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and eleven Tony Awards. Miranda’s accolades include three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor.