Ghetto Klown

A Graphic Novel



ISBN: 9781419715181 Category:

John Leguizamo


“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 LeeIn Ghetto Klown, celebrated performer John Leguizamo lays bare his early years in blue-collar Queens, his salvation through acting and writing, and his colorful career trajectory. He brings us onto the sets of his films opposite stars such as Al Pacino and Patrick Swayze and with directors such as Baz Luhrmann and Brian De Palma, while also opening up about his offstage life in love and marriage. In this candid graphic novel memoir, Leguizamo offers a strong message of moving beyond self-doubt-and beyond the doubters-to claim some happiness. Originally staged on Broadway in 2011, Ghetto Klown won Leguizamo Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards before being adapted into an HBO special. Now, teaming up with artists Christa Cassano and Shamus Beyale, Leguizamo shares his life story in this vibrant, funny, and moving adaptation.

Additional information

Weight 642 g
Dimensions 16 x 23 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 December 2015
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Christa Cassano, Shamus Beyale, and Drew Friedman, Introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dimensions 16 x 23 cm
Weight 642 g


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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.

Shamus Beyale grew up in the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and illustrator.