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Here comes a graphic novel that sounds like a peanut butter and onion sandwich—an odd combination of elements that just might turn out OK in the end. Or not.
Forbes is planning to publish a 60-page graphic novel titled The Zen of Steve Jobs. I can’t improve on their description of the book, so here it is:
The Zen of Steve Jobs looks at Steve during the mid-1980s, when he left Apple to start NeXT. It was a rough chapter in his life. Cynical tech and business journalists began to murmur out loud if he had been a one-hit-wonder, and NeXT’s computers, though beautiful, sold in abysmal numbers.
Steve befriended Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan. Both were innovators and passionate about art and design. The story flashes back and forward in time to connect this period in Jobs’ life to key moments in Apple history.
The book is some sort of joint effort between Forbes and JESS3, which describes itself as “a creative agency that specializes in data visualization.” It’s being written by Caleb Melby, a journalism and “integrated marketing communications” student at Northwestern University. It’s very odd to see the story of a man’s spiritual quest being put together by a bunch of professional marketers, but if they’re good at what they do, maybe it will turn out all right.
(I cut the last panel from that image to eliminate the F-word, but if you click the link, you can see it in all its glory.)