A new book of technology-themed cartoons by Kiwi cartoonist ‘Jim’ will be officially launched at 5.30pm Tuesday evening, 25th October, at the Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 conference being held at SKYCITY in Auckland.
Jim is the pen name of Brendan Boughen, 42, who currently works as the Communications Manager for Microsoft New Zealand. He has been drawing cartoons since he was a teenager, but began covering technology topics in his cartoons when he took a job in the PR industry in 2005.
Called Sounds Like a Game Changer: A Soon-to-Be Obsolete Collection of Technology Cartoons by Jim – the book has been self-published by the author following a successful fundraising campaign that ran in June 2016 through Kiwi crowd-funding web site Pledge Me.
Featuring alongside over a hundred of his personal favourite ‘tech toons’ from the last decade are Jim’s written reflections on working in public relations for tech brands, as well as a foreword by notable Kiwi scientist and nanotechnology guru Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl).
Jim says it is fitting that this book will be officially launched at the Microsoft Ignite NZ conference, considering many of the cartoons in it were drawn during previous Microsoft ‘TechEd’ events, one of which he attended as the on-site cartoonist creating cartoons on Microsoft Surface devices.
“This book has been a labour of love, more than a decade of drawing and ultimately two years of shaping and re-shaping since the idea for it first sprouted,” says Jim.
“I’m really looking forward to introducing it to the Ignite NZ conference attendees, especially those who work in this dynamic and ever-changing industry. I hope they will get a laugh out of the many memorable moments in technology from the last decade, presented here in cartoon form.”
Jim’s cartoons will also be present at Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 on the official event T-shirts for delegates, which will feature five new cartoons by Jim on themes covered at the conference.
The book will be available for sale at Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016, and the author will be on-site to sign books following the launch.