First look at Insight Comics' "Skip to the End"
In the early Nineties, bands like Nirvana, Screaming Trees, and Mudhoney were everywhere. The contentiously labeled "grunge scene" was incredibly popular at the time, and it led to the mainstream popularity of such diverse musical acts as Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. While the bands themselves may not have been comfortable with being labeled as such, there's no question that grunge music was a huge presence in the pop culture landscape.
That all changed in April of 1994, however, when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died. It was a defining moment of an entire generation, and controversy around his cause of death persists to this day.
Insight Comics have revealed a sneak preview of their upcoming graphic novel Skip to the End, based loosely around the three members of Nirvana. Written by Jeremy Holt, illustrated by Alex Diotto, colored by Renzo Podesta, and lettered by Adam Wollet, Skip to the End follows Jonny Wells, the former bass player of fictional band Samsara, who has been struggling with addiction since the death of the band's front man Kirk Jansen.
Check out the press release and two separate previews below.
INSIGHT COMICS Presents
Skip to the End
Written by Jeremy Holt • Art by Alex Diotto • Designed by Tim Daniel• Color by Renzo Podesta • Lettering by Adam Wollet
Bassist-turned-junkie Jonny Wells is addicted to his past, but the only way to get there is through his music.
This June, Insight Comics is publishing Skip to the End, a riveting graphic novel created as an allegory to the history of the legendary band Nirvana.
Skip to the End tells Jonny’s story as he tries to cope with his bandmate and best friend Kirk’s suicide. Twenty years later, Jonny struggles with heroin addiction, lost in the songs they created and desperate to relive the past—until one day he discovers he can. With the aid of a mysterious guitar, Jonny begins to make trips back in time, searching for the roots of Kirk’s unraveling. At Nar-Anon meetings and in conversations with his sponsor Emily, he starts to cope with the events that led to Kirk’s death. But by the time Jonny realizes that his visits can’t change the present, he might be too addicted to stop.
Skip to the End explores music’s transportive property, while sharing a story of friendship, combating addiction, and suicide awareness.
Skip to the End will hit comic shops this June. Check out the first look below, and click here for an extended preview.