The Life of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Is Getting a Lot of Attention
Steve Jobs’ life has received extensive coverage recently thanks to official biographies written by Walter Isaacson, movies featuring Ashton Kutcher and manga adaptations highlighting it.
Steve Jobs manga adaptation by Mari Yamazaki of Thermae Romae fame was published in Kiss magazine’s May issue and received critical acclaim.
Early Life and Education
Steve Jobs had an indelible mark on our world, from creating personal computers and phones, to the iPhone and iPad, but also by inspiring pop culture products such as this manga comic book series launched this month in Japan. His legacy continues to have an effect on pop culture as well.
Mari Yamazaki’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs for the josei anthology Kiss depicts him in semi-realistic monochrome. The story opens with Jobs encouraging Isaacson to write his bio and then quickly switches back and forth between childhood memories and early years.
Yamazaki’s style is minimalist and straightforward, reflecting Jobs’ own approach to life and his Apple products. Additionally, he employs an impartial yet realistic style when detailing Jobs’ drug use and his propensity for alienating friends and coworkers.
Steve Jobs was already the subject of two movies and a book, while also appearing as a manga artist in Japan. Now, his life will also be immortalized through an anime series serialized in Japanese manga magazine.
This manga adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson will be featured in the josei anthology Kiss and was written and drawn by Takahiro Ozawa and Asako Seo under their pen name UME; originally it appeared as an eBook on Puboo before it was adapted for magazine publication.
Kickstarter campaign started this past week to fund an English translation of manga’s second volume and has already raised over $6,300; should its goal be met, release may occur as late as late 2016. A deluxe edition is also available.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Jobs enjoyed an accomplished tech industry career before his death in 2011. Since then, Walter Isaacson has written an official biography and multiple movies have been made about him.
Mari Yamazaki may have taken the first steps toward producing an original manga depicting Steve Jobs’ life by serializing an adaptation in Japanese comic anthology Kiss. Her manga follows their journeys from childhood through adulthood before their eventual cofounding of Apple Inc.
Yamazaki intentionally created her manga style to be extremely simplistic in order to portray Steve Jobs’ life and business, in which he took steps to eliminate unnecessary things. This minimalist aesthetic also shines through in her art style – thus further adding depth and meaning.
Steve Jobs’ life story has found expression across various media forms – an official biography written by Walter Isaacson, two Hollywood films featuring Ashton Kutcher and Michael Fassbender as protagonists, as well as now manga adaptation.
As a kid, Steve wasn’t the best student. He often fell asleep in class and would play practical jokes on his teachers; but when his math teacher told him that if he performed well on a math workbook she would give him $5.00, Steve pulled through.
He soon learned he enjoyed building things, so together with his father he started working on electronics of their own to create realistic computer graphics.
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Ashton Kutcher’s movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs will receive a manga adaptation in Japan by Mari Yamazaki. She previously illustrated Thermae Romae time travel public bath manga. Mari will write and draw this comic.