Understanding Google Chrome Through Comics

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Excellent comic available on the Google site that explains the thinking behind Chrome, their new browser that is not yet available for Mac. [Dang! I am still waiting for Lively for Mac!] I recognized Scott McCloud as the artist immediately. I bought his book Understanding Comics many years ago which I thought was excellent. It was not just a comic book that explained comics, but instead it used the comic genre as a postmodern art-form and tool for explaining everything. Totally worth the read. And worth thinking about – comics in general I mean – as a way of explaining complex things to morons learners that is non-threatening, visually appealing, and fun. Maybe we should have comics for everything!

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • stu says:

    Agreed!! Thanks for the reminder, I’ve had Scott McCloud’s book on a wish list for nearly 2 years – must get hold of it. I recently read Daniel H Pink’s manga style career guide, ‘The Adventures of Johnny Bunko’. The fantastic artwork from Rob Ten Pas and sound advice from Pink make for an excellent, if a little unconventional, guide to thinking about that age old question: “What should I do with my life?”.

  • Are you familiar with the Introducing series? Check them out. Amazing books:
    They use graphics/cartoons to teach at a remarkable sophisticated level.

  • joe says:

    [Is nobody else bothered that google seems to be trying to take over everything? – just wondering]

  • i like google… and from what i understand it’s great company to work for… but yeah… it’s interesting how much of a mark they are making. Why does it take sooooo long for the good stuff to get to Mac’s?

  • Eric says:

    Love it! I love the way the pictures express the software concepts.
    And Chrome looks like a clever product too. I’m a hobby web developer, and my main project this year may not have been possible without Google’s giving stuff away.

  • Michel Savard says:

    This makes me think of the excitement that I detect in some circles for the Manga Bible. Any comments, thoughts? I like the artwork. This seems to connect with teen boys (and older boys too!)

  • andrew jones says:

    I used Manga when I taught in Japan. I almost met the guy who made the Manga Bible at Greenbelt Festival but didnt. Sounds great though

  • J says:

    I’ll second the recommendation of McCloud’s Understanding Comics – a great book on many levels and one of them just happens to be comic books.

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