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Godspeed: Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel [Paperback]

Barnaby Legg , Jim McCarthy , Flameboy
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April 1 2011 1849386994 978-1849386999
GodSpeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic tells Cobain's story in the format of a totally unique graphic novel.

Writers Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy have constructed their story using biographical fact interwoven with references to the singer's tortured self image.  The vibrant art by Flameboy captures both the subjective dreamscape and the objective reality that form the heart of this examination of a tragic musical legend.

Much more than a biography, GodSpeed is unlike anything published about Kurt Cobain before.  Going beyond the facts, it transmutes an extraordinary life into an equally extraordinary work of art.

 


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About the Author

Barnaby Legg has been creating graphic novels and other assorted fictions inside his head since early childhood, and you cannot imagine what a relief it is for him to finally get this one out.

Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator and comic strip artist.  He has created for 2000AD, working on Bad Company, Bix Barton, The Grudgefather and Kid Cyborg.  He is also the author of Voice of Latin Rock: Music from the Streets.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Surprisingly Moving Tribute June 30 2004
By L.Mo
Format:Paperback
I received GODSPEED as an unexpected birthday gift. I'm a huge Nirvana fan with a pretty beefy collection of biographies, novels, essays, articles, etc. based upon Kurt and Nirvana. This truly was the gift for the grrrl who had everything.
If you are unfamiliar with Kurt Cobain's life, GODSPEED should not be your first read. Read Heavier Than Heaven (by Charles Cross), and once you've done that, pick up this graphic novel.
Prior reviews have bashed this book as being "an exaggerated tale" and "over-the-top." NEWSFLASH: it's a comic book. Not a biography, not sacred text...a comic. Heros are exaggerated, rivals are morphed into treacherous villains. There is not grey, only black and white. This particular comic is chock full of fantastic art, moving imagery and composition, all while remaining fairly truthful to what is known about Kurt's life. (It even includes a reference to the little known cassette recordings Kurt's aunt still owns...in which Kurt is calling out to Boddah...who he thinks is speaking to him on the recorder.)
That said, there are those of you who are just too cool to take a breather and read this fairly light booklet. So don't. But those of you who take yourselves less seriously, give it a look. I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PSUEDO-SPEED June 29 2004
By Jane
Format:Paperback
If you are interested in this book then you're probably a fan of Kurt Cobain. If you are a fan of Kurt, then you're either in love with Courtney Love... or you hate her with a firey passion.
If there is a truth to her position in his life as a friend and wife, one will never know what it is. Except Kurt himself.
Too bad he isn't here to share it.
The media and music industry, with the wealthy help of Miss Love, have both suspected Courtney and covered her ass for the supposed suicide of Mr. Cobain.
Honestly, the reason I am selling this book is because the story in this book appears to be through the biased perception of Courtney Love. Another published peice of "cover her ass".
The graphics are terrific. The dialogue is clever. And there is a truth underlying the whole psuedo-biography of this rock legend. She did a nice job this time.
Too bad I didn't "buy" it.
In the mental sense, that is. I bought it at Books-A-Million the other night for about eighteen bucks in hopes that I would get more insight to the conspiracy theory to the dead rock star. Instead I find myself being dazzled from cover to cover with Courtney's victimization as her character (the wife) throughout. There is a silent Courtney whispering "it's all Kurt's fault". I'd rather sell it than have it laying around my house.
If you aren't a fan of Love, then buy it and burn it.
If you are a fan of Love, then buy it before it goes out of print.
Whether the life of Kurt and Courtney (according to this graphic-novel) was for the best or worst of times, they have bothed moved on, in their own ways, and the tale of these two will never be forgotten.
Unfortunatley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute... Nov. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've always felt that graphic novels have the ability to bring a story to life like no other medium possibly can - and Godspeed is no exception. Whether you're a first-timer to the comic book genre, or an avid collector, you won't be disappointed with Flameboy et al's exceptional first graphic.
The responsibility was heavy, but these guys shouldn't let any fans down. Whatever your take on how Cobain's life ended, the graphic stands alone as a respectful and fitting tribute.
Godspeed is as unique and powerful as Cobain's life itself - the darkness and the pain, the joy and adulation, the vulnerability and self-loathing - it's all there, screaming at you with a sometimes eye-watering intensity from each brilliantly inked and cleverly penned page. Don't be fooled...these guys know their Cobain.
For me, Godspeed is more than a graphic - it's an experience, a journey...and a very fitting tribute to a talented, tortured genius.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics - but mainly a fairy tale Dec 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The graphics in this book are excellently done, while the prose in the introduction is well-written, and in some cases hits the nail right on the head (such as when they speak of Cobain's genius, legend, etc.), but I disagree with the assertions made, especially that Cobain suffered from 'mental illness'. There are several comments that are pure speculation, as are several parts of the book itself. I also see a great similarity to the storyline of Godspeed to that of the Cross book Heavier Than Heaven, which in many minds, mine included, is a heavily fictionalized account of Cobain's life and death. While one might want to add this well-drawn to their collection, they should view it more as art-fiction, than anything resembling reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angel Feb. 11 2004
By Trudy
Format:Paperback
This book was the first Kurt Cobain book I read and being a graphic, interested me. It still is the only Kurt Cobain book I've read as I only read it a couple of days ago.
I think the authour and the illustrator really hit the point and got the message across. Flameboy is a very tallented illustrator, I think he really captured what Kurt must have been feeling at that time. Also, the authour uses very simple yet effect words and phrases, whether Kurt acctually used there I don't know but I think they create a really good blunt and shocking effect in parts.
Overall I love this book, I think its a relly visual insight into Kurts downfall that perhaps explains more and is easier to interpret.
R.I.P Kurt Cobain
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4.0 out of 5 stars in responce to the responce
Like in the last responce, that first letter is fake. i wanted to make sure they both werent fake. but any way kurts name was 'kurt D. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars lacked depth & insight, but the art was good.
this book reminded me of the 5th harry potter novel. it was filled with stereotypical, depressive yet shallow mumbo-jumbo lacking any eloquence, even. the art was pretty, though. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by S. Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars In Response to "Kimberly D. Cobain"
This book was great. Do not listen to Kimberly D. Cobain, she is a fake. She says that she was Kurt's half sister, while any dedicated Nirvana fan would know that Kim is Kurt's... Read more
Published on May 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I've been a Nirvana fan for a long time but had been reluctant to buy Godspeed untill I read of the illustrator's death on a few websites([...] radio.com being one). Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Jane Jollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Check it out for yourself
Suggest you first check out Flameboy's (the artist's) page at his website [...] This provides a bit of background to how and why 'Godspeed' was created. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Feelingpeachy
1.0 out of 5 stars exaggerated rockstar fairy tale-
I am happy to see that a graphic piece of material documenting my late half-brother's life has been established. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Brie'Ann O'Connor, Kurt Cobain's half-sister, age eighteen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Work Of Art!
This graphic book is very good, a real little work of art, the drawing are great, Courtney Love is draw very well, I am impressed. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Lili
1.0 out of 5 stars What a joke!
Don't even get this for the novelty of it. It looks like some angst-ridden 14 or 15 year old did this in between high school classes because he was too angst-ridden to do anything... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Philippe Landry
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