Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Chrome Comic Book

OK, so everyone is writing about Chrome, the new Google browser. But the most innovative thing about it so far is the comic book used to explain its objectives and design.

Comic books are great communicators. They provide a very flexible palette for explaining things (as Google did) or telling stories. If you're interested in creating comic books for business use, you should check out these resources:

"Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud--the best reference on what a comic is and how it works.

Bitstrips.com - a very cool place to make your own comics if, like most of us, you can't draw.

Josh Neufeld's A.D. - an epic retelling of the story of Hurricane Katrina, in comic-book form.

(Hat tip to Patrick Byers at Responsible Marketing)

UPDATE 9/3/08: Just learned that Scott McCloud (discussed in this post) actually drew the Google Chrome comic. I thought the drawings looked familiar!

Related posts:
Josh Neufeld's story from The Mistake Bank
About "Understanding Comics"

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Andy Nash said...

I just read an interesting book about visual communications. It presents a very structured analysis of why and how drawing can help sell new ideas. And, best of all, the author is sure that anyone can draw. The book is "The back of the napkin - solving problems and selling ideas with pictures" by Dan Roam.

John Caddell said...

Thanks for sharing that, Andy. I've heard a lot of good things about that book. It's on my list to get and read.

Meera said...

Nice strip!

And yes, comics do make for simple and effective communication!

You should also check out www.toondoo.com, an online comic strip creator with lots of cool features! This is great for anyone to be able to express themselves through comics!