Steve Jobs: the father of the iPhone. A manga series detailing his life, simply titled "Steve Jobs" is out now in the girls' manga magazine Kiss (Publisher: Kodansha).
The author of the manga is Mari Yamazaki, famous for penning the popular Thermae Romae manga series, among others. She is basing her manga on the Walter Isaacson biography of Jobs.
Here's the edition of Kiss that went on sale today. Let's open it up and see what it's got.
There he is, on the first page. The start of the comic is in glorious full color.
This is the first installment of a series, covering the school boy and college years of Mr. Jobs up until he meets his future partner Steve Wozniak.
Here's Jobs crying as a kid.
And here he is smoking pot.
The various episodes covered in the manga are taken from the autobiography, but the manga focuses the spotlight more on Jobs as a person.
Which is interesting because, at least in the manga, Jobs was a really obnoxious kid! I supposed he probably stayed this way throughout his life, but he comes off as quite the brat in the manga.
Anyway, at first I was a bit curious as to why the Jobs manga was coming to Kiss, which is primarily a manga magazine aimed at girls. But Mari Yamazaki is good enough at what she does to make this manga interesting for anyone who would want to read it. Kiss also includes a number of other manga that guys might be interested in, so I could see Kiss gaining a substantial male readership through the Steve Jobs manga.
I'm going to keep following the story in the magazine, and look forward to it coming out in paperback.
Translation by Jason Morgan