Johnny Bunko and comics


Dan Pink has released his latest career book, Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, it’s a manga book with all of that advice you wish someone had given you. Over a bourbon last night, Eli Singer and I were reflecting on manga, well Scott Pilgrim, and career paths. I was saying that I never imagined that I would be and “Evangelist”, this honestly wasn’t on my career career path at any point. It feels like a “career choice based on fundamental reasons”, something that I thought would be inherently valuable regardless of what it may lead to.

Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen provides a beautiful summary of Johnny Bunko. The slides have only text or photographs from It’s 6 simple lessons about building a successful career that all students should take the time to read.

Comics are a great medium for telling stories.They allow artists and authors to create compelling characters in rich, believable worlds using nothing more than pictures. Kevin Cheng has shown that comics are a great medium for convey concepts including unbuilt sofware. Scott McLeod has published a series of books on the art form of comics as a communication tool including:

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
by Scott Mccloud

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Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form
by Scott Mccloud

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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
by Scott Mccloud

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Dan Roam‘s new book The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures has a great set of techniques and tools for those of you who can’t draw. The VizThink community is a group of visual thinks to share their philosophies, experiences and approaches for using visualization for learning and communication. (VizThink has hired Ryan Coleman as their Chief Community Evangelist. And we’re back to the career discussion, I wonder if Evangelist was on Ryan’s path). If “The MFA is the New MBA“, then the visualization and communication tools presented are the foundations for the next generation of leaders and CEOs. And your career path might not have included becoming a designer, but there is obviously some market exchanges that can happen when, a picture is worth a thousand words.

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
by Dan Roam

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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
by Garr Reynolds

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CaseCampToronto7 + StartupCampToronto2

Eli has announced CaseCampToronto7 (or check out the Facebook event). It’s happening the same day as StartupCampToronto2, so you’ll just have to self segment, Social Media Mavens versus Entrepreneurs. Though, it looks like both events are going to be homeruns!

What: CaseCampToronto7
CaseCamp is a free social media participant-driven conference. Fantastic networking in the bar followed by four 15 minute case-studies. At this camp the case studies will be: 1. The TD Canada Trust Facebook Story Sue McVey, VP Marketing Planning, TD Canada Trust 2. Canada’s Boxing Day Hub, 2007 at Derek Szeto, Founder of 3. Story2Oh!, Evolving TV Storytelling to Social Networks Jill Golick, Executive Producer 4. Radiothon Diaries, Harnessing YouTube for the Hospital for Sick Children
When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: CiRCA

126 John Street
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2E3   Canada

StartupCampToronto2 is happening at The Canadian Innovation Exchange conference. Jevon summarizes my feelings nicely about the role of conferences the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX). Whether this is a beauty contest (or not), it’s been an interesting conversation about the perceived value to both entrepreneurs and venture capitalists about having companies pay to present. There has been a lot of changes made by the team at CIX in response to feedback on blogs and Twitter.

What: StartupCampToronto2
StartupCamp Toronto is an evening focused on helping Toronto’s early stage startups move to the next stage by putting them in the spotlight, and then by giving them pragmatic and un-filtered feedback on their business.
When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: The Carlu

444 Yonge Street (College Park & Yonge Street) www thecarlu com
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H4

The list of 20 presenting companies at CIX includes:


The Montreal gang (Embrase, Austin Hill, Sylvain Carle and Heri Rakotomalala)  have been busy getting StartupCampMontreal2 organized.


What: StartupCampMontreal2
This is the second edition of Startup Camp Montreal, an event dedicated to everything Startup. It is the forum where early stage companies, investors and on-lookers alike can share information and validate pitches live. Join us as we learn from each other about the ins and outs of starting up. This event is not just for Montrealers, all are welcome.
When: Thursday, May 15, 2008 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)

1195 Saint-Laurent Blvd
Montreal, Quebec H5B 1C2   Canada

Format of the Event

Five companies will be selected by the organizers to give a brief 5 minute presentation on their startup. Following which the audience will ask questions and give 5-10 minutes of feedback in an open forum.


You need to register to attend. I’m planning on attending and as the wiki says “this event is not just for Montrealers, all are welcome“. Consider making the trip to Montreal, now if was at the same time at the Grand Prix du Canada and someone could hook me up with tickets or a press pass.

Dreaming the Next Web

Albert presented his vision for The Next Web at the October 2007 OCE Mind-to-Market Breakfast. I love that they’ve titled these events “Wake up and smell the future”. I hope it smells better than most CS labs.

OCE is offering a set of great programs like the IAF [PDF] up to $500,000 in early-stage funding for emerging technology companies. The Investment Accelerator Fund is AWESOME. “Investments are made in the form of a convertible debenture (loan) in return for a nominal equity position”. It’s very similar to the QuickStart Seed Funding from Charles River Ventures. I’ve written about this program when it was announced.

“It’s a challenge to find angels or early-stage firms like Ycombinator that develop entrepreneurs and companies. It’s a very different incubation model, i.e., incubate the people, the company, the technology – DON’T provide them space.” – David Crow – Nov 6, 2006

After the OCE breakfast we had an interesting discussion with entrepreneurs, community instigators, angel investment organizations, the Toronto Board of Trade and the OCE. Money is and important ingredient. One that we need to make it easier for Canadian entrepreneurs to find. But it is the people and skills to develop our talent that is just as important. There is the need for the right money, the right connections, the right skills to mentor and develop the people and the company into a powerhouse. Jevon and Jonas provide much better ongoing coverage and analysis of startup financing issues in a Canadian context at