Anthony Hope-Smith is a London-based writer, illustrator, storyboard artist and comic artist. He has storyboarded for BBC television series, Being Human and web series, Resonance. He illustrated the graphic biography of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo, and Image Comics mini-series, The Dream Merchant.
Hope-Smith studied Animation at Surrey Institute Of Art And Design. Graduating in 2001, he has worked professionally for over a decade. In that time has created visuals for advertising campaigns, book covers, and children’s book. His first love, however, has always been comics and in 2010, his first graphic novel was released. Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson was written by Will Bingley and published by SelfMadeHero. It tells the extraordinary life and public perception of the counterculture icon. Gonzo was praised by critics, readers, and Thompson fans alike.
In 2014, Hope-Smith worked with artist Konstantin Novosadov for three issues (#4-6) of Image Comics The Dream Merchant, written by Nathan Edmondson. I read on Sequential that he was working with Nathan Edmondson on his follow-up graphic novel, Borealis.
Sounding like an excellent collaboration my interest was piqued, but with no other information, I decided to contact Hope-Smith to ask about the project. He kindly responded to let me know that Borealis has in fact been shelved for the time being. However, he did mention that he is developing his own series which is currently in the writing and concept art stage.