Graphic Novel Imagines How Buddhism Influenced Steve Jobs’ Design Ethos

Forbes and JESS3 capture Jobs’ “lost years” in a graphic novel by Caleb Melby.

It was an uncertain time for Apple’s founder Steve Jobs. Creative agency JESS3 and Forbes worked with Forbes reporter Caleb Melby to publish a 60-page graphic novel called The Zen of Steve Jobs. The book, which is partly fictionalized, takes the reader primarily through the 80s, when Jobs was kicked out of Apple.

The novel shows him in a particularly vulnerable time in his life when he was soul searching and developed a relationship with Japanese Zen Buddhist priest Kobun Chino, who would also preside over the marriage of Steve to Laurene Powell and serve as a board director for NeXT–the tech company that Jobs founded after he was booted from Apple.

Watch the video below for a closer look at the graphic novel’s content and project details from author Caleb Melby, Managing Editor of Forbes Bruce Upbin, and Jesse Thomas, CEO of JESS3.

Buy the book on iTunes.

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