I'm not really sure about my choice of words for such vast yet delicate topic. I can say with no doubt that HOAX is a very special project. Special and personal for its creator Ravi Thornton.
You see, HOAX is both a graphic novel titled Hoax, Psychosis Blues and a "dark musical" titled Hoax, My Lonely Heart but the two don't mimic each other. The events of the graphic novel are set after the events of the musical. Both are based on a poem, titled the same, written by Ravi's younger brother Rob who have struggled for the much of his life with schizophrenia, until his tragic death in 2008.
When it comes to the book's art, there's plenty of familiar names in there: Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Jade Moss, Mark Stafford and Bryan Talbot. I had a chance of reading the whole book and I can assure you that art is amazing. And so is the story. It makes you think and realize that despite hard times we live in we're indeed very lucky, and how hard it is for people affected with mental illnesses and their families.
You can order the book from this website. The print run is limited to 1000 copies and sales will support mental health charities. Hoax, My Lonely Heart is showing from 4th to 7th June 2014, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, more information can be found here.