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Steve Jobs: Genius by Design: Campfire Biography-Heroes Line (Campfire Graphic Novels) Paperback – September 4, 2012
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This cleverly designed volume provides a concise but well-balanced view of Steve Jobs the wunderkind, including his difficult personality and complex genius. Full-color panels provide flat but engaging images of Jobs from infancy to his introduction of the iPad, along with how his adoptive parents, birth parents, spouses and children, boyhood friends, coworkers, and business associates appear in essential physical detail, including postures, but without much facial expression. This design method seems effective here as it emphasizes Jobs’ energetic but often misfired enthusiasms, bullying, and self-promotion, as well as his quieter moments of reflection and the effects his ideas had on industry developments. Tayal allows his own cultural perceptions of ethnicities to underscore Jobs’ genetic makeup as the happily raised genius looks for his birth parents and learns how to be a better parent and partner himself. With its attention to both the personal and the public, this is an excellent starting place to find a concise overview of a complex man’s influences and influence. --Francisca Goldsmith
A Young Adult Library Services Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection for 2013
The Year's Best Graphic Novel Award, Comicon India 2012
Best Writer Award, Jason Quinn, Comicon India 2012
"This cleverly designed volume provides a concise but well-balanced view of Steve Jobs the wunderkind, including his difficult personality and complex genius. . . . With its attention to both the personal and the public, this is an excellent starting place to find a concise overview of a complex man’s influences and influence." — Booklist
"An unsparing yet also very human graphic depiction of Steve Jobs’ life.
It is no secret that Jobs was a hard case, but Quinn’s work displays him in all his tempestuousness: as extreme and antagonistic as he was meticulous and inspired. Tayal’s smartly paced, round-edged, clean panels convey the tension and urgency Jobs brought to his projects, his brash and abrasive exterior balanced by thought bubbles that reveal even rawer emotions and a drive that feels combustible. What is particularly effective here is the creation of the Apple world, one in which Jobs would be pivotal, but with other significant players, many of whom get the full-flesh treatment from Quinn, such as uber-geek Steve Wozniak and design whiz Jony Ive, and the business guys Mike Scott and John Sculley. Jobs’ family is gradually brought into the fold, as are his fascinations with diet and Zen Buddhism and the unfortunate notion he held that he didn’t have to bathe but once a week thanks to his mucusless eating habits. By the end of the story, it is clear where Jobs fit into the Apple picture, with all his imperfections amid the perfectionism.
"Jobs was a difficult character, but it was his very restlessness, which Quinn plays like a fiddle, that helped change how we live in the world." — Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most interesting and short biographies I have ever read . . . an unusual tribute for an unusual icon, and indeed, a befitting one . . . The book is a page-turner and both the text and illustrations are handled deftly . . . This biography resembled more of fiction than non-fiction and that's what sets it apart from other books in the category." -- Hindustan Times
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This is as fair-handed a review of a man's life as many biographies ever give. Highly recommended.
Steve's friend, Woz, created the first personal computer and Steve was the brains behind the business. They ended up starting the Apple company together in Steve's parent's garage. Steve always demanded perfection and he was a bit hot headed. As Apple grew some people refused to work with him. He was technically fired from the company he created. So he decided he would create another company called NEXT and he would compete with Apple. NEXT and Apple became huge rivals. Steve's NEXT company owned Pixar and created the first computer animated move called TOY STORY.
Steve knew he was going to change the world and so he did. He didn't do it alone, he had help along the way and he knew how to lean on his friends for support. This graphic novel biography of Steve Jobs was very informative and interesting. I learned a lot about the type of man Steve was and the creative genius he brought to his projects. When I started reading this book I had no idea who Steve was or what he accomplished besides the basics of being an Apple CEO.
The Artwork is very well-done. The size of the book is equal to the size of an Ipad and it even looks like an Ipad. Inside the artwork is done simply with black and soft colors. Each panel is surrounded in black. Steve is captured perfectly in every decade of his life.
Steve Jobs is not presented as the god of technology, he is presented as human in the book. This biography details each decade of Steve's life including the high and low points of his life, and some of the mistakes he made, are presented in the book.
You know it is really interesting to learn about a product or a companies history when you are a person who has used this type of product for awhile. As a owner of an Ipod, an Ipad, an Iphone and a Mac computer, this was really cool for me to read about. We are definitely a Apple product using family and knowing the history behind this company is valuable to me. I never thought I would read a book about Steve Jobs and like it but that is what happened. Now I am passing the book onto my son and then my daughter because I know they will like it to.
Steve Jobs thought differently and I wanted to include his words in this post. He created the Think Differently campaign for Apple in the 1990's so below you can read his famous quote. It is very moving and makes me want to get out there and let my creativity flow.
Steve Jobs thank you for your creations. You have made the world a better place.
"Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world...
are the ones who do."
Bottom line: This is an excellent introductory Steve Jobs graphic novel/biography for young adults as well as adults. I'm 41 and loved it.