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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 08/26/2011

STEVE JOBS: The Apple pioneer’s career in pictures

Steve Jobs’s silhouette at the 2004 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. (JUSTIN SULLIVAN - Getty Images)

As innovative as Steve Jobs has been in design for several decades, it’s only fitting that artists are paying visual tribute to the Apple pioneer as he steps down as CEO.

From animation to editorial cartooning, bio-comics to interactive features, here are several graphical replies that especially caught Comic Riffs’ eye:

1. The artists at Taiwan-based Next Media Animation have delivered a fairly hilarious sprint through Jobs’s career — careening through the birth of his PC “Lisa” (named for his daughter) to his saber-rattling with Bill Gates to his guiding hand at Pixar. Who cares that NMA plays fast-and-loose with the facts? (The animated half-truths and non-truths are about as reliable as a Wiki entry.) It’s all part and parcel with the uber-myth that clouds the image of Steve Jobs:


2. JOHN SHERFFIUS: Amid a sea of obvious “iQuit” punch-lines (and a puddle of “app” gags), Boulder Camera editorial cartoonist John Sherffius sought to swim against the tide with this image — which even seems to play off the well-known image of Jobs’s silhouette:


(JOHN SHERFFIUS - Boulder Camera /


3. NYT TECHNOLOGY: Who outside of the geekiest tech circles knew that Jobs holds 313 patents? From “cursor control devices” (yes, a mouse) to disk cartridges, the New York Times’s Technology section offers a swell interactive feature that drills into the many Apple patents..


4. BLUEWATER: Bluewater Productions announced in mid-June that it was publishing its Steve Jobs bio-comic book on Aug. 24 — the very day, coincidentally, that Jobs announced his resignation as CEO. If Bluewater’s book is as spot-on as its timing, the comic will be some read indeed.

(C.W. Cooke and Chris Schmidt. - Bluewater Comics)


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Tags:  steve jobs, john sherffius, next media animation, bluewater comics

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