Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple: comic book version Paperback – Jan 15 2012
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"give readers "unique insight" into the late Apple CEO's "legendary drive to the top and his continuing fight to stay there." CNET
"if you have students interested in Steve Jobs, and the biography is just too much, the comic book version might be worth putting into their hands." PC MAG
"obviously, is one challenging assignment, especially given the fullness and fame of the life." Washington Post
About the Author
Bluewater writer CW Cooke has produced a variety of scripts featuring dynamic characters in rich, authentic settings. His new comic Prince Harry - a biography book from Bluewater Comics hits the stands soon. CW took time out of his busy schedule to talk to comicbookinterviews.com publisher John Michael Helmer about his career in comics and his current projects…
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account of Jobs life in picture form. Its educational and a quick read.Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple
Had seen a few press items heralding this, and there had been mention that it would also be available on Amazon.com, so I followed the link. My choice was right there: Kindle Edition or Paperback. Could have had the paperback version in a couple of days with Amazon Prime, but I wanted to see how well the images would hold up in Kindle format, so I went for it.
The cover is said to be illustrated by DC Comics cover artist Joe Phillips, and manages to work as grey scale reasonably on my Kindle 2, but from there things head as south as the apple falling on Steve Jobs' head as depicted on the cover. As one moves through the pages, one can dimly see the title page noting that CW Cooke was the writer, and that it was penciled by J. Christopher Schmidt. Beyond that, it becomes a mess; a shame as I would have been interested in seeing how well Chris Schmidt's illustrations held out.
The problem here is not the Kindle, it's the people who format these things for eBooks in general without thinking about how the reader will be able to see them. Some companies have figured it out already, but it's clear that Bluewater Productions has not, and that's to their own detriment.
Many of these pages have three panels, and if they had tried to separate then as opposed to clumping them together, the graphics and text would have been readable. As this reader understands the issue, and has had to manipulate the controls and magnification with other publications, it could be done, but barely. It just wasn't worth the effort, to be up front about it. Maybe it's the Kindle, but Chris Schmidt's illustrations often did not resemble Steve Jobs or some of the other characters portrayed.
If you're interested in more info about Steve Jobs, then look into WIRED: Steve Jobs, Revolutionary, which is an eBook featuring the best stories from WIRED Magazine about him. It's an anthology that begins with a remembrance by Wired senior writer Steven Levy, who interviewed the late Steve Jobs many times over the last two decades.
Bluewater Productions has announced that they have a forthcoming biography comic release featuring Microsoft founder Bill Gates scheduled to hit the shelves in March. If that's so, then they better do their homework and figure out how to make it presentable in eBook format, or just publish it in paper.
I was thinking that this would be an interesting adjunct to a review that I'm writing on Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs, but as it currently sits, at least in the Kindle format, this reader cannot recommend it. Have thought about ordering the printed copy, but for now will pass, at least for the time being.