Mercy On Me: Graphic novel depicts the life of Nick Cave in comic form

in Inspiration / Illustration

Musician, novelist, score composer and actor... Nick Cave has everything. Not to mention his Australian charm and devastating looks. If, like us, you're keen for anything Cave related, then you'll definitely need to get your hands on a copy of Nick Cave: Mercy On Me by Reinhard Kleist.

A graphic biography, which Cave himself has endorsed: “[Kleist] has – yet again – blown apart the conventions of the graphic novel by concocting a terrifying conflation of Cave songs, biographical half-truths and complete fabulations and creating a complex, chilling and completely bizarre journey into Cave World”.

Employing a cast of characters drawn from Cave’s music and writing, the book paints an expressive, enthralling portrait of a formidable artist and influencer. Kleist captures Cave’s childhood in Australia; his early years fronting The Birthday Party; the sublime highs of his success with The Bad Seeds and the crippling lows of his battle with heroin.

Award-winning artist Kleist is the author of critically acclaimed graphic biographies of Johnny Cash (Johnny Cash: I See In Darkness), Holocaust survivor and champion boxer Harry Haft (The Boxer), Fidel Castro (Castro) and Somali athlete Samia Yusuf Omar (An Olympic Dream).

Nick Cave: Mercy On Me is published in paperback on 7 September by SelfMadeHero. The creation and development of the project has been documented by Reinhard Kleist on www.nickcave-com.

All images courtesy of SelfMadeHero

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