My Trip to Phoenix

Inspired by The Amateur Gourmet’s truffles-centric adventure, I present to you a “comic” based on a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona. I was there to speak to the Outlook Leadership conference for convenience-store retailers. This was created with Comic Life from Plasq.

While I was there, I asked my hockey buddy, Prof. Steven Strasler, if I could speak to the Project Artemis class at Thunderbird. This is a program to help women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan. If any entrepreneurs complain to me about how hard it is to start a company in the United States, they will get an earful from me.

And since I was going to be at Thunderbird, Steve then asked me to speak to a class in entrepreneurship for the MBA program. All in all, it was a pretty fun twenty-four hours in Phoenix. I have no idea what this post will look like for RSS subscribers, but it can’t be optimal. 🙂







By | 2015-03-17T09:51:42+00:00 November 13th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|35 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Meikah Delid November 13, 2006 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Nice one, Guy! Had fun with the comics. But am sure with the fun came real learning, too. Keep at it!

  2. Scott Taylor November 14, 2006 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Looks like great fun. Good work with the comic, it brought a smile to my face. Keep it up!

  3. Michael Pope November 14, 2006 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Excellent. I love to see entrepreneurs visiting business schools. I’ll have to invite you to speak at Drucker sometime in my old stomping grounds.

  4. Anonymous November 14, 2006 at 4:04 am - Reply

    My Trip to Phoenix

    Inspired by The Amateur Gourmet’s truffles-centric adventure, I present to you a “comic” based on a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona. I was there to speak to the Outlook Leadership conference for convenience-store retailers. This was created with Comic …

  5. Luis Till November 14, 2006 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Had I known you were coming to Phoenix I would have recommended you eat at the Cornish Pasty Co.

  6. Marc Snyder November 14, 2006 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I have no idea what this post will look like for RSS subscribers, but it can’t be optimal. 🙂
    I don’t know about others but it worked fine for me. I use BlogBridge.

  7. ann michael November 14, 2006 at 6:05 am - Reply

    OK Guy – so how did you (and the Amateur Gourmet before you) do this? Is there software you can use for this. These posts are really cool – informative and entertaining. I’d love to see how it’s done!
    The first paragraph of the post mentions Plazq and Comic Life as the way I made this.

  8. Brian Sooy November 14, 2006 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Personally, I would like to see more blogs in comic book style. The “graphic blog” could be trend-setting, and appeal to the masses as did stained glass windows in cathedrals hundreds of years ago. A perfect medium for evangelization. Forget the 10 slides principle, if you can’t write your blog in 10 panels, then… ;-D

  9. Scott James November 14, 2006 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Guy, tell me more about that soccer ball.
    We’ve just launched the first Fair Trade sports ball company in the US, bringing in sports balls from Pakistan that are certified to be fairly traded (e.g. adult workers – not kids – get paid a fair wage for their work).
    If you have the contact information for the women who hand-stitched that ball for you, I’d love to see if we can add them to our supplier group.
    Cool! I’ll tell the people to get in touch with you.

  10. Brendan Hodgson November 14, 2006 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Holy plasq-tastic! This is some kind of story-telling!

    From the Amateur Gourmetcomes what is perhaps the most original and extravagant blog post I have…

  11. Miles Archer November 14, 2006 at 10:30 am - Reply

    RSS is fine with bloglines.

  12. Fair Trade Sports November 14, 2006 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Inspiring business leaders

    As I mentioned
    I love seeing the next generation of business leaders focusing their
    brains and energyon solving societal issues. Historically,
    pursuing social justice and being an entrepreneur have been kept

  13. Candy Minx November 14, 2006 at 11:15 am - Reply

    That comic format was fantastic, very nice to read. Made your blog look all hip and urban. Speaking of hip and urban, the portrait I painted of you is still up at eBay. I keep relisting it. My technorati rank is fluctuating between 28,000 and 32,000. I am gaining on you. shake Kawasaki, shake!

  14. Morgan Ramsay November 14, 2006 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Guy, did you notice that your safari consisted of two locations, one called Outlook and the other Thunderbird? Thanks, Tiger.

  15. Kimber November 14, 2006 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Loved seeing the female entrepreneurs from Afghanistan! Rockin’ it!
    Enjoyed the comic book style. Wouldn’t want to see it every day but it’s a refreshing change.

  16. Mordy Golding November 14, 2006 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    After seeing Guy’s original post about the comics, I was inspired to use the format for step-by-step tutorials on using Adobe software. You can check it out at I think the format is different, refreshing, and works well.

  17. Pamela Slim November 14, 2006 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Dangit – sorry I missed you in Phoenix, but I love the pictures and comic book layout. It is infinitely more entertaining for a “show and tell” like this than boring old regular text and photos.

  18. Marilee Veniegas November 14, 2006 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the comic, it give me some fun idea for when I send out the holiday greetings for our company. Cheers!

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  20. patricia November 14, 2006 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Cool. Girl entrepreneurs rule! 🙂

  21. Joe Hunkins November 14, 2006 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    A simply superb presentation here at Pubcon Las Vegas! Lots of brilliant stuff combined with TV and fast food advocacy – great talk.

  22. prlinkbiz November 14, 2006 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe I missed you here in Phx as well! Women entrepreneurs DO ROCK! Thanks for stopping by!

  23. nick gogerty November 14, 2006 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    post looks great in inclue next time throw us some video 🙂

  24. michael gibbons November 14, 2006 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Guy, great post — any chance you can give up the ghost on the photos/comic comments software? how to? thanks and keep it practical! michael

  25. Day Tooley November 14, 2006 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Two RSS feeds displayed well.
    1. My favorite, SharpReader, displays everything true except the MajikWidget was naked code.
    2. Surprise RSS reader was IE 7. Nicely displayed without showing MajikWidget, naked or otherwise.

  26. Marty Rogers November 14, 2006 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Guy, where did you get the mike? I’m a real live auctioneer and always looking for a better microphone.
    Cool way to blog, but man that’s got to be a lot of work.

  27. Jori Tokyo November 15, 2006 at 1:52 am - Reply

    this kind of blog entry was great, Guy !
    cutting edge blogtainment. 🙂
    Wow !

  28. Kolophon Blog November 15, 2006 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Billeder på bloggen

    En god blogger skriver godt, fængende, provokerende osv. Men man kan selvfølgelig også bruge billeder. The Amateur Gourmet har lavet et temmelig sjovt blogindlæg, hvor han fortæller om sine erfaringer med trøfler – som en tegneserie.
    (Via Guy …

  29. Bridgette Boudreau November 16, 2006 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Looks great in netvibes. Loved this post.

  30. Katyas NonProfit Marketing Blog November 16, 2006 at 11:42 am - Reply

    A free pictures is worth a thousand dollars

    Getting Attention blog by way of Guy Kawasaki reminds us of the power of pictures. So good timing: TechSoup offers this incredibly long, great list of places you can get FREE visuals to use when marketing your cause.

  31. Todor November 17, 2006 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Great job, Guy!
    Can anyone tell me about other blogs with comics like this? I am curious to take a look.

  32. Matt November 22, 2006 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Is there a Windows version of Comic Life? If not, are you aware of any other comic strip software?

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    Not to be a total copycat though, Ive put my own twist on it.
    heres version 1
    and heres…

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