Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel Now Available for iPad

2011-10-18

Story by Anne Erickson

Kurt Cobain is immortalized in an iPad app

The 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s, Nevermind, may have passed, but the fanfare is far from over. Now, iPad owners can get their hands on, “Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel,” a graphic, digital book and app that tells Cobain’s life story in comic book style, with a detailed digital graphic experience.

Created by Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy, the set uses biographical stats and references to the famed  singer to take viewers through Cobain’s existance, with colorful art by Flameboy.  The app looks at Cobain’s life and plays it, from, as the app site states, “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.” App users can go through the experience page by page or zoom in and go through frame by frame.

Such life-changing events are highlighted in the app, including Cobain’s uncle giving him the option of a guitar or a bicycle as a gift for his 14th birthday, Cobain forming Nirvana in 1987 and Nirvana’s quick rise to fame in the mushrooming Seattle grunge scene. Certainly, the year 1991 and Nirvana’s landmark Smells Like Teen Spirit is a major point, too, in essence shutting out the glam-metal of the 1980s. That means Cobain’s main trajectory, pretty much, is immortalized in an app.

Regarding the authors, Barnaby Legg has created graphic novels “inside his head since early childhood.” Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator and comic strip artist. Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel for iPad runs $5.99 in the U.S. and is currently available at the iTunes website.

 




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