Synopses & Reviews
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...
"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About 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.