According to The Pulse Of Radio, late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain will be the subject of an original graphic novel by Nicolas Otero called “Who Killed Kurt Cobain?”, to be released by comics publisher IDW this October. Based on a French novel titled “Le Roman de Boddah”, the book is a work of fiction that recounts real-life events from Cobain‘s life as narrated by his imaginary childhood friend, Boddah.
Otero said in a statement, “I was 17 when NIRVANA and Kurt Cobain came to Paris in 1992. 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.”
IDW editor Justin Eisinger added: “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. 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?”
Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross told The Pulse Of Radio that despite his problems and tragic end, Kurt Cobain‘s life story is strangely inspiring. “He was somebody that grew up in such a horrific situation, and in such an economically depressed world with a very difficult childhood, and yet he was able to get off his ass and write songs and create art,” he said. “Despite all of Kurt‘s personal problems, of which there were many, I still see his life as some level of heroism that he was able to create so much and be courageous enough to put his pain into those songs.”
Kurt Cobain was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. He had been dead three days when his corpse was discovered.
His life and death continue to fascinate the public, with last year bringing the release of a major documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck”, which chronicled his life and career through previously unseen and unheard home movies, personal recordings, artwork and more.