Archive for September, 2011

Steve Jobs and What Was NeXT

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

News has been trickling out over the past month about Caleb Melby’s upcoming 60-page graphic novel, The Zen of Steve Jobs. In it, we get to see parts of Mr. Jobs’ life very few have been able to see before. Specifically, what he went through during the 1980s after he left Apple and was about to start NeXT, the company which was later purchased by Apple and is now the backbone for parts of OS X. Back then, Steve Jobs was in an in-between state and was looking for guidance; he turned to Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist priest to learn meditation and to uncover design aesthetics that he still uses today.

Forbes is releasing the graphic novel along with the help of JESS3, a creative design company based out of Washington, D.C. The book looks to give fans of Apple, and even casual onlookers, a further view into what makes one of the most important men in the history of computers tick. Caleb Melby states that he put mounds of research and reporting into the graphic novel to try and get it as close to historically accurate as possible while still maintaining a narrative flow. It also informs us all that Buddhist monks enjoy Denny’s.

A release date for the book has yet to be finalized, but Melby says it will be out sometime in the fall. For now, there are five pages released; one here and four more here.

(via The Beat)

Post-Its and Subways

Monday, September 26th, 2011

There’s a new book coming out in October called Post-It Note Diaries. In it, stories are compiled from various artists and writers, including the likes of Andrew Bird, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Simmermon, and Beth Lisick. Basically, each contributor tells a short story about their life and the story is then illustrated and edited by the man who put the project together in the first place, Arthur Jones. On the book’s website, Jones describes how the concept was created.

I found 3 inch yellow pads of Post-its to be perfect little sketchbooks and I could swipe hundreds of them at a time from the supply closet without anyone noticing. Eventually I started reading these work stories in public — at bars, bookstores and art galleries. To accompany my performances I projected a slideshow of my Post-it Note drawings behind me. It was a little like narrating a comic one panel at a time or presenting a hand drawn lecture.

To promote the project’s upcoming release, the chapter written by The Daily Show’s John Hodgman has been put online in its entirety. It weaves a tale about the New York City subway system’s price increase from $2 to $2.25. Like all Hodgman pieces, it goes in a direction no one would expect it to go. Be sure to read it all the way to the end to truly understand why this tale needed to be told.

In addition, for those living in the New York area, there will be a book release party and reading this Tuesday, September 27th at Little Field in Brooklyn. Entry is free and doors open at 7pm. Hodgman will not be in attendance but a bunch of the other authors will be, so it is probably worth a look for anyone interested in the book.

Out and About: Brooklyn Book Festival 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

It should be noted that the Brooklyn Book Festival is going on right now over at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event runs through 6pm, with vendors, panels, and performances. Vendors include Drawn & QuarterlyMcSweeney’s, and Keith Knight.

If you missed the “Sequential Non-fiction” or “Building a Book” panels at MoCCA Fest this past spring,  both Dean Haspiel and Lauren Redniss will be on a panel later today titled “Drawing a Life” with GB Tran. The panel starts at 4pm, so there’s still plenty of time to head over there and check it out.

4:00 P.M. Drawing a Life. How do you draw someone else’s memories? Eisner nominated Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution) illustrated the memoir of revolutionary turned refugee Inverna Lockpez. Pulitzer nominee Lauren Redniss (Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout) blends research and imagination in a haunting portrait of Marie Curie and rising star artist GB Tran (Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey) turns to his own family’s history to portray a war-torn, transnational generation. Moderated by Hillary Chute, author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.

Arduino at a Glance

Monday, September 12th, 2011

For those of you looking for some do-it-yourself work or a new programming challenge, Arduino might be a good place to start. It is an electronics scripting and prototyping platform that can allow programmers and inventors to take their ideas from the design stage to the testing stage. Jody Culkin put together a very descriptive how-to comic giving plenty of information for beginners and experienced programmers alike to understand just how to handle this process.

Everything from microcontrollers to switchers, sensors, voltage, and the ever-important Ohm’s Law are defined and explained. Links to both Windows and Mac Arduino software and user guides are also included once you are ready to learn more about the project. What lends itself nicely to this step-by-step tutorial is the incredibly descriptive art; everything looks the way it does in the real world including shots of MacOS, circuit boards and the solderless breadboard. The comic can be found in PDF format here. You can read it in a browser or download the file and put it on a portable device if you’re looking to program on the go.

(via Boing Boing)

The Recipe For Changing Seasons

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Labor Day has come and gone, meaning that summer is unofficially over. Kids are back in school, most of the beaches have closed or will be closing soon and football season is starting up this Sunday. Still, there are at least a few more warm days left before fall kicks into full gear. Come, let us celebrate with some delicious recipes in the form of comics, shall we?

Throughout the summer, Saveur turned to a bunch of artists to share food stories and the recipes that go along with them under the Recipe Comix banner. The talent involved includes Eli Valley of The Forward and EV Comics who decided to share his mother’s recipe for a simple spaghetti and tuna dish that proved that even though she was a single mother, she could compete with the other Jewish moms in the neighborhood culinary-wise. Other contributors were Nedroid‘s Anthony Clark, Farley Katz of The New Yorker and yes, even Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics. North’s chili recipe not only sounds delicious but it is told to us by dinosaurs. Which immediately increases the deliciousness and credibility of any recipe.

A complete archive of Recipe Comix can be found here. Hopefully there will be more recipes to come in Summer 2012 as I’m sure there are plenty of creators with food to share out there. In the meantime, I think I’m going to try and make Emily Horne’s Black Mischief cocktail once I get me some gin, stout beer and espresso.