Skip To The End Explores Addiction, Suicide, And The Power Of Music

by Hannah Means Shannon

Insight Editions, who have been gradually unrolling their slate of graphic novels and comics over the past couple of years, will be releasing hardback OGN in album-sized format, Skip to the End, in June 2018.

The new OGN is written by Jeremy Holt, with art by Alex Diotto, design by Tim Daniel, colors by Renzo Podesta, and lettering by Adam Wollet.

Skip to the End is a music-themed tale where “bassist-turned-junkie”, Jonny Wells is finds himself “addicted to his past”, while finding his only coping mechanism in music. Interestingly, the OGN is being described as “an allegory to the history of the legendary band Nirvana”. You certainly don’t hear that kind of comparison every day, making this book one to investigate further. The book also appears to have surrealist elements, as Jonny uses a special guitar to revisit the past and try to unravel the mystery behind his bandmate’s suicide.

Insight Editions explains:

Skip to the End tells Jonny’s story as he tries to cope with his band mate and best friend Kirk’s suicide. Twenty years later he struggles with heroin addiction, lost in the songs they created and desperate to relive the past—until one day he discover 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.

 

You may have previously come across Jeremy Holt’s work in Skinned (Insight Comics), Southern Dog (Action Lab Entertainment), and Pulp (Comixology), and Alex Diotto’s previous work includes Mayday (Black Mask Studios), Southern Dog and Brigands (Action Lab Entertainment), as well as many short stories for various anthologies. Designer Tim Daniel is also very active in comics, publishing with Image, 215Ink, and Vault Comics, where he’s currently Design Director.

Here’s a substantial preview of Skip to the End released by Insight:

Skip to the End will be released in June 2018 by Insight Editions.