He Died With a Felafel in His Hand was first published in 1994 and introduced literary grunge to young Australians. After a slow start it became a cult and then a bestseller, selling over 100,000 copies and being turned into a film starring Noah Taylor. The book went on to achieve international success, and the original edition is still selling well. To celebrate the tenth edition of this phenomenon, John Birmingham suggested a comic edition, drawn by a young artist he met at a Brisbane reading. Ryan Vella is another young Queensland genius. His version of the book, which retains every one of its lines, will entertain old readers and bring it alive for new ones.
John Birmingham once lived in a house so filthy a rat died of pleasure under six inches of rubbish on the living room floor. Now he lives with his lawyer wife in an apartment with polished floorboards and knows how to make real coffee. He is also the author of the bestsellers The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, How to be A Man, and Leviathan.