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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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First Volume of Manga Adaptation of Steve Jobs' Biography Launches in Japan




The Verge reports that the first volume of Mari Yamazaki's manga adaption of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography has launched in Japan, appearing in the May issue of the girl-focused Kiss anthology.
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The first thing you'll notice in these opening pages is that Yamazaki has pulled off the artwork beautifully; far from the spiky-haired caricatures that may come to mind when you think of manga, Jobs has been brought to life in a semi-realistic monochrome style that is never off-putting, but stays in the Japanese manga tradition.
The Verge summarizes this first volume as including fifteen pages of Steve Jobs trying to convince Walter Isaacson to write his biography before jumping into Jobs' childhood and moving through to his college years.
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Once Jobs is of college age, Yamazaki swiftly transforms him into the type of character any schoolgirl reader could fall in love with. In one memorable two-page spread, Jobs goes from accepting a bribe of $5 and candy from his influential teacher Imogene Hill, to replying "Sure!" when encouraged to try LSD by a long-haired peer in college corridors.
The first volume ends as Jobs meets Steve Wozniak for the first time, setting the stage for their partnership and the formation of Apple.

Yahoo has also posted a preview of the first volume showing Jobs and Isaacson discussing the possibility of a Steve Jobs biography.

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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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The likeness is so accurate and amazing! He always looked like that ya know.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:29 AM   #3
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We really needed that!
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If Steve Jobs doesn't throw at least three energy fireballs at someone throughout the course of the story, I'll be greatly disappointed.

These icons don't have rounded COOORRRRNNNNEEEERRRRS! :fwooshz:
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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I wonder how it ends.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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Can't wait for the Kindle version.

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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:33 AM   #8
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I hope that isn't Jobs meeting the Woz in that image.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:33 AM   #9
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I wonder how it ends.
Steve Jobs finds Lost Earth.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:33 AM   #10
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I will learn Japanese just to read this manga.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:36 AM   #11
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Damn! What an ugly crap!

Authors know nothing about Steve, Apple, Design and Art at all! Maybe they know how to make manga, but it's nothing about Apple. Please stop it!
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:36 AM   #12
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If Steve Jobs doesn't throw at least three energy fireballs at someone throughout the course of the story, I'll be greatly disappointed.

These icons don't have rounded COOORRRRNNNNEEEERRRRS! :fwooshz:
Possibly the best comment I've read in a year.
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Lol, manga comic always have been very dramatic.
would love to see the thermonuclear steve on android
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:44 AM   #14
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I agree the panels should have rounded corners.
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I hope that isn't Jobs meeting the Woz in that image.
It's Walter Isaacson.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:46 AM   #16
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I wonder how it ends.
Steve Jobs comes out of his resting place, sees his shadow and there are 6 more weeks of winter...
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I'm not seeing nearly enough tentacles in this preview.....
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Yahoo has also posted a preview of the first volume showing Jobs and Isaacson discussing the possibility of a Steve Jobs biography.
We already have a Steve Jobs biography and it's terrible.
We don't need a book taking about the making of the biography.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 09:54 AM   #19
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Wow, why all this negativity? That too about a comic strip? That too before knowing much about it since it is in Japanese. I guess making such snarky comments is considered cool. Twitterific!!
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It says in the article that the image is of Steve Jobs meeting Imogene Hill.
It's not. The dialogue is of Jobs and Isaacson talking about Jobs wanting him to write his legacy. "That's what you brought me all the way to Colorado to talk about?" "Yeah."
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Needs more action hero stuff IMO. Lightning bolts, reality distortion fields etc.

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oooohh as a Manga collector this will look good on my shelf next to Lone Wolf and Cub
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 10:03 AM   #24
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People are too used to seeing shounen manga aka manga for teenage boys as "manga". This is intended for an older audience. Not sure which magazine this is published in but it is certainly seinen aka for guys in their 20s/30s or josei aka for woman of the same age range. If I had to guess it would be josei.

edit: nvm I am blind this is published in Kiss which is certainly josei.
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my japanese is horrible and I can't copy-paste the image in google translate
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