Steve Jobs - A Graphic Biography
After two and a half years of research, writing and drawing, six bottles of India ink, twenty-four black Prismacolor pencils, a few madcap car trips to Silicon Valley, a teetering 5-foot-tall stack of reference materials, endless edits and reams of paper.....it's OUT!!!
You don't want to read it in English? It's now out in French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Catalan, German, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Turkish and Estonian.
Also now out in paperback!
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Penguin Random House, Schwartz & Wade | Jul 21, 2015 | 240 Pages | 6 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780307982957
Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about this week's reading pick: a new graphic biography of the famous Apple co-founder called "Steve Jobs: Insanely Great," by Jessie Hartland. Pearl says it rivals even Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs," which is considered the definitive biography of the tech leader.
"Wonderfully fun…I think he (Jobs) would absolutely adore that there’s this graphic biography of him.
“For being a streamlined look at an impressively packed life, Insanely Great is a complete and multifaceted story…The book is nuanced without being sprawling; comprehensive but not exhaustive—or exhausting, for that matter.” ―Macworld.com
“If you are a fan of Steve Jobs, would like to learn more about this brilliant man or like the comic form, then this is the perfect book for you.” ―TeenReads.com
“I love Hartland’s illustrations. They exhibit a pleasing simplicity that should make them appeal to anyone with a love of Apple-style minimalism.” ―CultofMac.com
“[A]n accessible, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining biography.” ―ComicsGrinder.com
Complete Macworld review:
School Library Journal:
Gr 8 Up—Hartland ably captures the many facets of entrepreneur and innovator Steve Jobs in this graphic biography. Jobs's entire lifespan is here, from his precocious childhood tinkering to his determination to see his final product, the iPad, through before his untimely death. In between, Hartland portrays Jobs in all his geeky, passionate, difficult glory. This work doesn't shy away from Jobs's demanding, perfectionist side, but it also portrays his delight in the "perfect product": an odd mixture that Hartland describes as Jobs's "reality distortion field." Apple is, of course, center stage, and readers will find the graphic representation of the evolution of various Apple products helpful. Hartland also covers Jobs's ouster from Apple in 1985, his development of the NeXT computer, and his work with Pixar. Throughout, panels depicting the latest technology (for instance, color TVs and digital watches in the late 1970s, cordless phones and the Sony Walkman in the 1980s) provide readers with a feel for competing products. The artwork is deceptively simple, at first blush appearing like the doodles of an average teenager, but these loose, expressive illustrations are detailed and convey large amounts of information. VERDICT Luddites and iFans alike should find this volume an illuminating introduction to Jobs's life and the recent history of consumer electronics.——School Library Journal starred review