When I first heard that a manga about the life of Apple founder, Steve Jobs, had been published in Japan, I was rather surprised and thought ‘erm… why’? Then again, the Japanese love their technology (just take a stroll down Akihabara) and it seems inevitable that most popular things get the manga treatment eventually, from samurai to baking bread.
Penned by Mari Yamazaki, author of Thermae Roma, the first instalment of the manga will be published in the young women’s comic anthology Kiss in April. The manga is inspired by the best-selling biography written by Walter Isaacson, following Jobs’ death in 2011, and opens with a conversation between Jobs and Isaacson.
While we were walking, he made me an unexpected offer
‘Would you write my biography?’
‘So this is the reason why I came to Colorado to meet your wife and kids’.
‘I think I would make an interesting subject.’
The manga then moves chronologically through Steve’s life, and he is apparently portrayed as a “cute, doe-eyed kid” – typical manga hero, then? Steve grows from a young boy who worries over his relationship with his adoptive parents to a college student who female readers could easily fall in love with. No doubt, there will also be narrative on his business with Apple. I’m quite curious to see how that will be manga-fied for a young girl’s comic.
You can read a bit more on The Guardian but it looks like we’ll have to ‘wait and see’ before we can make any judgements. I’ve still got my first generation iPod touch and it works perfectly, as well as my beloved iPad mini, so I’m quite the Apple consumer. That said, does giving Steve Jobs the manga treatment bring anything new to his story, Apple or manga itself? I’m quite curious to see what other people have to say, so please post below! Is this the start of the American biographical manga trend? In which case, who else would you like to see manga-fied?
Photo credits – The Guardian.