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Barnaby Legg , Jim McCarthy , Flameboy
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7 Mar 2011
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 singers 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 you have read about Kurt Cobain before. Going beyond the facts it transmutes an extraordinary life into an equally extraordinary work of art.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 2nd Edition edition (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849386994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849386999
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 17.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Flameboy was born from hell into a satanic cult. Eventually he broke free but is cursed, probably for the rest of his natural time here on earth. Maybe a career in comics will save him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Nirvana fans 16 Nov 2003
By J. A. Eyers VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
There have been so many tacky cash-ins on the Nirvana phenomenon since Kurt Cobain’s death you’re more likely to find some exploitative, tabloid journalism piece of unauthorised biography than something that’s truly a tribute to the grunge legacy. Fortunately, this graphic novel falls into the latter category.
The story of Kurt Cobain’s life is already well-known and this book doesn’t claim to add anything to it. Everything’s here, from Kurt’s parents’ divorce, his first encounter with drugs, Nirvana’s disastrous first gig, and its triumphant final days. In fact, there’s so much here that if you don’t already know the history of Nirvana after the release of their Nevermind album, it’s not going to make much sense. But that is the single flaw with this entire graphic novel.
The comic strip is presented from Kurt’s own perspective. The narrative voice is his own. Book-ended by his suicide, we quickly learn the story is a retrospective dream – his life flashing before his eyes in those final few seconds. This dreamlike quality stops the episodic plot losing pace and momentum. Recurring images of Kurt’s imaginary friend Boddah and juxtapositions between Kurt’s parents’ problems and his and Courtney’s give this book a feeling of the unreal.
But it works. The writers and artists truly seem to have managed to get inside the head of somebody who has been dead a decade. There are even sly little digs at the people who misunderstood or exploited Nirvana. Lovingly crafted but never sycophantic, this is a must-read for all Kurt’s fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting. 30 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
A comic book biography seems an odd idea, and not a little irreverent, especially when regarding as tragic a figure as Kurt Cobain.
However, this book is thoroughly engrossing. It's well written and well paced, without missing out the little details that make a biography readable. It really benefits from the fact tht, as a Graphic novel, it caan fictionalise, which it does without shame. It seems odd, but it makes sense. Kurt Cobain has been fictionalised by nearly ten years of post-mortem fanaticism, so to have a biography that acknowledges that and embraces that, rather than touting itself as definitive is a real breath of fresh air.
The quality of the art is excellent if viewed in the correct light. This iss nota super-hero comic book. It does not have computerised tones, razor sharp lines and photographic art style. It's limited pallette may make it seem boring to the kind of reader who's used to that kind of thing. But don't be fooled. It's anything but dull. The art has an indie quality about it that makes it perfect for the subject matter, and it complimentss the writing perfectly.
The only problems with this book seem to be the occasional blazing typos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique tribute 4 Nov 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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars god speed the kurt cobain graphic novel 15 May 2004
Format:Paperback
This was an amazingly wonderful book. The drawings were truly breath taking. It showed how one man's gift became his curse
any nirvana fan should own this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant to an Extent! 19 July 2005
By Z Cann
Format:Paperback
This graphic novel was really good the illustrations were excellent and was great for even non Kurt Cobain fans. It was a fast way to get to know the talented but disturbed artist. End could of been better if the conspircy theroy was addressed.l
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars er Godspeed 2 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
In my short time here Ive read a few Kurt biographies and this one happened to be the best one. As well as going throught the facts (a few of them being incorrect) it went through Kurts feelings, which is probaably one of the most important features, especially when we're dealing with soemone like Kurt. Waht I found daring about this book were the last few pages which depicted Kurts last few moments, even though it did anger some Nirvana fans it was well worht the bother.Pure genius. The illustrations weren't exactly the "best" but as tony estrada* said they had this style that suited the book. The way the creators were able to empathze with Kurt was amazing. I cant really express myself right now (its 1 am) so anybody reading this review will think im some fool who has missed the point of the book, i havent missed the point i just cant form a coherent sentence right now. apart form that if you arent that much into Kurt/Nirvana i suggest you check this book out anyway.
* reviewing your own work!!!! im lovin it!
Amenly................
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for fans
I'd been meaning to buy this comic for a while, when I finally got it, I wasn't disappointed, but equally wasn't massively impressed. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by AaK
4.0 out of 5 stars would kurt have liked this
i speculate that he would have. usually i don't like graphic novels but this is so much more. the drawings resemble the style of kurt (from the little i've seen in publications... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Not in the least bit tacky surprisingly....
Great, arrived within 2 days of ordering, brilliantly drawn graphic novel. One for the fans tho I think as if you don't know the Nirvana/Kurt story you may not 'get it'. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Niki Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Godspeed kurt
Amazing. It's the only word. The artwork really captures the feel of the times, and the shabiness of everything that went wrong in Kurt's life. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2005 by MR R J R BALDWIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
I think Ive already written a review but thats not the point. There are loads and loads of things to say about this book, but I wont go into anything since its 1 am and my senteces... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2004 by "i_want_to_die"
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wicked!
After hearing about the untimely demise of Flameboy, I thought I'd check Godspeed to see what all the fuss was about, & boy was I suprised. This book is MINT! Read more
Published on 4 May 2004 by "tony_estrada"
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