Musician, novelist, score composer and occasional actor: Nick Cave is a Renaissance man. This week sees the publication of Reinhard Kleist’s graphic biography about the singer, NICK CAVE: MERCY ON ME, and has already been receiving international attention, thanks to the moody video by Australian filmmaker and animator Shahriar Shadab, It has been specially commissioned by SelfMadeHero, the independent UK publisher, to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
Nick Cave himself pays great respect to the Berlin-based illustrator. He defines him as “Reinhard Kleist, master graphic novelist and myth-maker”, adding that he “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, Reinhard Kleist’s Nick Cave: Mercy On Me 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.
Nick Cave has endorsed the project and offered creative advice as well as biographical information, He adds, “Closer to the truth than any biography, that’s for sure! But for the record, I never killed Elisa Day.”
Award-winning artist Reinhard 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 7th September by SelfMadeHero. (rrp £14.99)
The creation and development of the project has been documented by Reinhard Kleist on www.nickcave-com.
About Reinhard Kleist
Reinhard Kleist is an award-winning graphic novelist best known for his graphic biographies Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness, The Boxer, Castro and An Olympic Dream, all published by SelfMadeHero. He lives in Berlin.