Music biographies in comic format are quite popular these days all across Europe it would seem. Flemish cartoonist Gerrit De Bremme has started a funding campaign for his graphic biography of seminal grunge hero Kurt Cobain, who until his death in 1994 was considered to be the spokesperson for Generation X, giving a voice, with his band Nirvana, to that generation’s general sense of loss, ennui and pointlessness.
A lot has been said about Cobain, and especially about his death, which sparked all kinds of conspiracy theories. In his book, De Bremme goes on a search for the man behind all the myths, the ones that the media created, but also the one that Cobain created for himself, in order to live up to the expectations of the world. De Bremme’s book, his seventh already, will be about Cobain, but also about how the pressure from society’s expectations may become too much for anybody to bear, at any time.
From the initial pages, it promises to be quite an interesting book visually, combining photographic material and black and white artwork with a single blue complimentary colour. Subscribers to the campaign can claim signed editions, but also copies of De Bremme’s earlier work and even an interview with the cartoonist himself.
At the moment of writing, a mere 200 Euros was needed to make the campaign a success. Nirvana fans, and fans of independent visual storytelling, you know where to go.