Steve Jobs was one of the world’s greatest innovators before his unfortunate death in 2011. Many people have already paid homage to the former CEO of Apple, but the mangaka Mari Yamazaki wants to join the party in her own way.
Yamazaki is the creator of the manga Thermae Romae, which won the third Manga Taisho and was adapted into a live action movie. Her newest manga series is a biography of Steve Jobs, which started serialization in the latest issue of Kodansha’s Kiss.
Luckily for those who don’t live in Japan, Kodansha has also posted a sixteen-page preview on Yahoo! Bookstore Japan’s website, so those of you who can read Japanese should check it out here. It may feel odd seeing Jobs talk in Japanese, but even so, Yamazaki’s story and art do the man justice.
For those of you who can’t read Japanese, the story is told from the perspective of Walter Isaacson, the author who has written biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs himself. When Jobs first asks Isaacson to write a biography of him, Isaacson assumes he is joking until he finds out that Jobs has cancer.
As Isaacson begins to write Jobs’ biography, he states, in both the manga and his actual biography, “Jobs was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But… Steve’s individuality and passions and products were all interrelated, as if part of an integrated system…”