His life as a line draw­ing

A graphic bi­og­ra­phy tells the story of the Ap­ple founder for those of us who can’t be both­ered read­ing all those other wor­thy Steve Jobs books out there. Idea­log brings you a taster.

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THERE ARE MORE than enough books about Steve Jobs’ life – there’s noth­ing pub­lish­ers like more than the un­timely death of a well-known fig­ure, and when the Ap­ple founder died in Oc­to­ber 2011, he was noth­ing if not fa­mous.

Some of the books are wor­thy – like the 650-page of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy by Wal­ter Isaac­son, is­sued just weeks af­ter his death. Then there are the weird ones, like The Zen of Steve Jobs (an ex­am­i­na­tion of his med­i­ta­tion tech­niques, 2012), and the per­sonal ones, like The bite in the ap­ple (2013), writ­ten by Chrisann Bren­nan, the girl­friend Jobs aban­doned af­ter the birth of his first child, Lisa.

Some don’t rate him: In Steve Jobs and the NeXT big thing Ran­dall Stross writes: “Jobs’s at­tempts to build a prof­itable ri­val to Ap­ple had led him... from blun­der to blun­der, dis­as­ter to dis­as­ter. What makes the NeXT story es­pe­cially in­trigu­ing, how­ever, is the gulli­bil­ity of many oth­ers who lent money, ca­reers, and pres­tige to Steve Jobs’s quest.” (Yes, OK, that one was writ­ten in 1993.)

Oth­ers love him, like the 16 em­i­nent thinkers who came to­gether to write about Jobs ( Steve Jobs and Phi­los­o­phy (2015), edited by Shawn E. Klein), or the 190 well-known artists who drew pic­tures “to pay re­spect to the man that changed every­thing” ( Steve Jobs: Artists’ trib­ute, 2012).

Still, if you were putting to­gether a short-list of en­joy­able reads about Steve Jobs, you’d be hard pushed not to in­clude Jessie Hart­land’s lat­est graphic bi­og­ra­phy, Steve Jobs: In­sanely great.

Hart­land is a com­mer­cial artist and the book was orig­i­nally con­ceived for kids, but the pub­lish­ers ob­vi­ously rec­og­nized there were plenty of adults out there keen to get a work­ing knowl­edge of the life and times of Steve Jobs, with­out hav­ing to read 650 pages.

Hart­land cov­ers the early life (adopted kid tin­ker­ing in the back yard with dad), the drop- out years, the start-up times with Steve Woz­niak in his par­ents’ garage, and on through the Ap­ple years, un­til Jobs’ death in 2011 – all in black and white cartoon-style pic­tures.

Here­with a few pages...

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