Steve Jobs: Genius by Design (Campfire Biography-Heroes Line)

Steve Jobs: Genius by Design (Campfire Biography-Heroes Line)

by Jason Quinn, Amit Tayal
     
 

iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iCon! Steve Jobs and his inventions changed the world we live in. His extraordinary life story is brimming with passion, innovation and creative genius. Share his triumphs and failures, as we journey from his birth and his adoption, through the advent of the computer age and on into the digital age. Forced out of the company he

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iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iCon! Steve Jobs and his inventions changed the world we live in. His extraordinary life story is brimming with passion, innovation and creative genius. Share his triumphs and failures, as we journey from his birth and his adoption, through the advent of the computer age and on into the digital age. Forced out of the company he created, his indomitable vision allowed him to change the world of computers, movies, music and telecommunications. Prepare to be inspired, by a man who dared to think different...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike so many of the nation’s great innovative businessmen of the past (Edison, Ford), Steve Jobs’ wall of hagiography was barely left standing by the time of his death. At first, writer Quinn’s slim YA graphic biography of the technological visionary follows in much the same glowing and worshipful light that shone on Jobs during his feted career; one of Taval’s first full-page panels even shows Jobs reclining on a cloud (in heaven?) toying with an iPad. Once Quinn starts grinding through the details of Jobs’s initially scattershot and then almost frighteningly focused life, a darker view emerges that will be familiar to readers of Walter Isaacson’s biography. All of his bruising interpersonal habits (calling everyone in earshot “bozos,” indulging in temper tantrums and manipulative tears at the drop of a hat, abandoning his first child) are here. It’s the story of a snarky rebel who (in Taval’s bright and sketchy style) is always either sneering in disdain or gesticulating in excitement. The final period in Jobs’s life, when he introduced so many of his signature creations, passes quickly, but this is a decent brief sketch of a man whose frequent lack of humanity was almost as jaw-dropping as the intensity of his ambitions. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
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

VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, is one of those enigmatic innovators whose life is a bit of a mystery to most of us. His amazing success creates a persona that is intriguing to many, but not many kids can make it through a 600+-page biography. This graphic novel offers a less daunting option. Jobs is portrayed as an ambitious work horse with a vision, who felt the need to oversee every detail. His interest in Zen Buddhism and Eastern ways of life are described as the guiding principles behind his self-motivation. Readers will get a sense of his amazing drive, as well as his short temper which alienated some people. His genius knew no bounds, but what surpassed it was his focus and determination. The illustrations are well-done, but this graphic novel is aimed more at reluctant readers than graphic novel enthusiasts. It accomplishes its task of telling the story of Jobs’s life in a compelling format. It is recommended for reluctant readers and those who are looking for an interesting biographical tale that can be read in one sitting. Ages 11 to 18.
Library Journal
Everyone's favorite iGuy changed the world with Apple computers and their electronic relatives, and people growing up since the iPod (2001) can't imagine a world without such small, smart machines. This overview of Jobs's life and career itself resembles Apple products in its concise accessibility, showing how one person could envision what was possible but could also strip out the "unimportant stuff" to keep Apple products simple and accessible. And like Apple products, the drawings are slightly stylized and nicely designed. It's no fan polemic, though, and includes Jobs's bad temper, "reality distortion" problem that eventually led to his early death, checkered reputation as a father, and (yes) body odor. VERDICT Campfire's extensive line of all-age graphic novels began with adaptations of classic adventure stories and has expanded into quality biographies. This one will help show younger people how the devices as they know them came to be, created by a real, flawed, yet admirable human like themselves. It's also ideal for those not up to the 600-plus pages of Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography. See also The Zen of Steve Jobs (LJ 3/15/12).—M.C.
Kirkus Reviews
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. (Graphic novel. 10 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789380028767
Publisher:
Steerforth Press
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Campfire Graphic Novels Series
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
563,101
Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Jason Quinn was born in Liverpool, England. He learned to read with Marvel Comics and was devastated when his teachers told him that Spider Man did not exist. He has worked for Marvel UK and Panini, editing and writing their Spectacular Spider Man comic, along with just about everything else from Barbie to Action Man. In 1998 he was voted 'Sportsman of the Year' by the Boars Head Soccer Club. He then moved to Pinewood Studios, England, home of the James Bond movies, where he worked in children's television, scripting and developing programs for kids.

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