digital graphic novels
A British firm called Musicroom has published a digital graphic novel about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The basis for this is the graphic novel Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic, originally published in 2003. Here’s a bit of background on Godspeed, which apparently caused a bit of controversy but not enough to sustain its own Wikipedia page. (Check out the mixed reviews on that Amazon link.) Interestingly, according to Amazon, a new edition of the print graphic novel just came out in April.
Musicroom seems to specialize in sheet music and music instruction materials, both digital and print, and the graphic novel looks like a bit of a departure for them, but there is something very logical about this. In the ideal case, a graphic novel like this would be packaged with some of Cobain’s music and maybe some video clips as well, making full use of the iPad’s capability. That doesn’t seem to be the case here, alas—from the front page, it just looks like a print graphic novel reformatted for the iPad. And there is something kind of weird about the image of Angel Kurt weeping over a set of menu options. Perhaps they should have thought about redesigning the cover for the app.
(Via the Seattle PI blog, which has a preview of the app.)