The Zen of Steve Jobs: A Graphic Novel

By Kenna McHugh 

Forbes Magazine is publishing a comic book about Steve Jobs, with the help of JESS3. The graphic novel focuses on Steve’s travels to Japan, and his learning of Buddhism. It is appropriately called “The Zen of Steve Jobs.”

Forbes published the first page of the comic book at the beginning of September, and now there are four more pages from the upcoming graphic novel available in Forbes 400 issue. The Forbes-written and JESS3-designed book re-creates Jobs’ relationship with his friend and mentor, Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Japanese Soto Zen Buddhist priest.

Jobs journey with Otogawa takes place in the mid-1980s. After he left Apple, he went on to start a new computer company called NeXT. His new company was eventually bought up by Apple, bringing him back where he started — Apple.

The clever narrative consists of flash backs in time, moving forward in time while, connecting Jobs highly influential period to other milestones in his career. While at the same time, the comic book explores imprint of Japanese design concepts on Steve’s creative vision.

The four pages, which are new, take place in 1986 at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California. Otogawa is teaching Jobs kinhin, a walking meditation, and reflects on Steve’s mission to understand ma. According to Forbes, Jobs’ search for ma is something of a central theme throughout the book. The full 60-page book in digital will be available this fall.

It will be interesting to see how many of comic books sell as a digital release. It should sell pretty well. Don’t you think?