Steve Jobs biography gets Japanese manga treatment

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By Rosa Golijan

If the official Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson didn't have enough pictures for your liking, then perhaps a Japanese manga adaptation by artist Mari Yamazaki might be worth a look. It presents the late Apple co-founder as a doe-eyed child, a drug-addled bad boy, and a misunderstood genius — all in semi-realistic monochrome style.

"[I]t's quite unlike anything I've read before," writes the Verge's Sam Byford.

The first volume of the story is in the May 2013 issue of a girls' comic anthology named "Kiss" and it doesn't shy away from giving Isaacson's biography a solid nod right away. "Told from Isaacson's perspective, it begins with Jobs repeatedly nagging the biographer to write his story — a conversation that persists over the first fifteen pages before a call from Jobs' wife Laurene Powell finally breaks Isaacson's resolve," Byford explains.

The story quickly jumps to Jobs' childhood days before walking readers through his life — there are moments in which a young Jobs wonders if his parents love him, schoolboy pranks, and drug experimentation — up to his first meeting with future partner Steve Wozniak.


You can preview the first few pages of the Steve Jobs manga adaptation on Yahoo! Japan's online bookstore.

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