Will you finally read the iTunes Terms and Conditions… as a graphic novel? – Macworld

After 16 years of existence, surely hundreds of millions of people have encountered the iTunes Terms and Conditions screen… and hurriedly clicked through to accept the giant wall of text without actually reading its content. It’s cool: we all do it. All of that necessary legal jargon is an absolute pain to read, plus it’s doubtful than many of us would actually quit installation and live without the iTunes ecosystem because of what we read.

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Initially self-published, this brand new color edition is now out in paperback.

What could finally convince you to read that dry, tedious text? How about pictures? That’s what you’ll find in Terms and Conditions ($15), an “unauthorized adaptation” out Tuesday from publisher Drawn & Quarterly. It takes the entire iTunes document (as of October 2015) and spreads it out across nearly 100 comic pages. And here’s the kicker: every single page pulls inspiration from a different comic artist and specific book/page, with a Steve Jobs-like character rendered in the style of everything from Superman and X-Men to Garfield and Scott Pilgrim. 

Amusingly enough, even artist R. Sikoryak had never read the iTunes Terms and Conditions himself when he first committed to the project.

Inelegant, yet intriguing

Sikoryak (the “R.” is for Robert) is perhaps best known for Masterpiece Comics, a graphic novel that takes classic stories from the likes of Shakespeare, Dante, and Dostoyevsky, condenses them down to their essence, and retells them via the same kind of comic homages. 

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R. Sikoryak’s self-portrait in the likeness of Steve Jobs.

He has also produced illustrations for The New Yorker, The Onion, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his next book, The Unquotable Trump, reframes the American president’s more obnoxious statements as classic comic book covers.

“There’s usually a degree of irony or absurdity in the work I do,” he affirms, in case that isn’t obvious by his body of work.

But after drawing mostly shorter adaptations for Masterpiece Comics and anthologies, he was looking to take on a full-length graphic novel project—and he needed a lot of text.

“Because I like playing with the absurdity of trying to take a text and put it into a different medium… when I thought absurd, I thought the Terms and Conditions from iTunes would be perfect for that.” 


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