As announced at Emerald City Comicon — in the Nirvana frontman’s hometown of Seattle — IDW is bringing the story of Kurt Cobain’s life to comics in a new graphic novel called “Who Killed Kurt Cobain?” from award-winning creator Nicolas Otero. The book was first announced by The Washington Post.
Adapting the French novel Le Roman de Boddah by Heloise Guay de Bellissen, IDW’s fictional adaptation will recount real-life events from Cobain’s life, as narrated by his childhood imaginary friend, Boddah.
Here’s a description of the OGN from IDW’s official press release:
Through the eyes of Boddah, readers get a front row seat to the highs and lows of one of music’s most influential voices like they’ve never experienced before. Trace the arc of modern rock’s greatest icon from the dark clubs of Seattle to the bright lights of the world stage… and all the angst, horror, and thrill that came with that ride in this captivating graphic tale.
“I was 17 when Nirvana and Kurt Cobain came to Paris in 1992,” Otero said. “I saw them live the day before my graduation and it was… explosive, mind-blowing, sonic, and so powerful. When Kurt put an end to his life in 1994, I remember hearing the name of Boddah for the first time. I thought it could be a fantastic way to tell Kurt’s story, with Boddah as the narrator. Twenty years later, my hair is not long nor dirty, I’m the father of three wonderful kids, and life has given me such a great gift. I can finally draw this little voice and explore what I imagined Kurt’s mind and life were inside. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as I enjoyed doing it. I’m 17 again today.”
“Nirvana blew the world open my freshman year of high school and were gone before graduation. In 1993 I saw them play on Halloween with Kurt dressed as Barney the dinosaur,” editor Justin Eisinger said. “But I didn’t know about Boddah. I’d never really thought about this mythical life – Kurt’s – from any perspective other than MTV-spawned voyeur. What Otero does here is impressive. His exploration peels back the curtain, showing another way to perceive this person’s life and accomplishments. Boddah’s narration is endearing and haunting… leading us to question what we expect to find inside those we idolize. After all, what do we know of our heroes?”
“Who Killed Kurt Cobain?” hits stands in October.
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