Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel on iPad

Categories: iPhone & iPad Comics
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Published on: October 25, 2011

 

Musicroom are releasing an iPad app about Kurt Cobain. Usually known for sheet music, they have released this as a print version and now digitally!

Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel tells Cobain’s life story in comic book form creating a totally unique digital graphic experience, (the book was first issued in print by Omnibus in 2003 and became a bestselling paperback).

Writers Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy have used biographical fact interwoven with references to the singer’s tortured self-image from Cobain’s point of view. The vibrant art by Flameboy captures both the subjective dreamscape and the objective reality of a tragic musical legend.

This app takes Cobain’s story and plays it out as a visual depiction of his life. You can browse page by page, or zoom in and work your way through frame by frame. From the luminous colours of an idyllic childhood through the flamboyant hues of success and stardom, Cobain’s story inevitably declines into a much darker palette. The script draws from the singer’s tortured self-image as well as straightforward biographical fact so that the tone of the app fluctuates between subjective dream-state and objective reality.

For his 14th birthday, Cobain’s uncle gave him the option of a guitar or a bicycle as a gift; Cobain chose the guitar. Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 and within two years, the band became a fixture of the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene. In 1991, the arrival of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit marked the beginning of a dramatic shift of popular rock music away from the dominant genres of the 1980s.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with drug addiction and the massive success of Nirvana with his underground roots. He also felt persecuted by the media.

On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. In ensuing years, the circumstances of his death became a topic of fascination and debate.

Kurt Cobain – The Graphic Novel for iPad is priced at £3.99. More info here

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