The first chapter of the Steve Jobs manga, written by Mari Yamazaki, just went on sale in Japan and provides a very different version of the tech tycoon.
The biography, the movie, and now, the graphic novel. It’s becoming difficult to think of a medium in which Steve Jobs has not yet been immortalized. Nevertheless, this take on Jobs’ life and persona is wildly different than most others: Jobs is depicted as a dreamy, contemplative protagonist that seems to fit very nicely in with the theme and essence of the Japanese manga magazine, Kiss, in which it was published (and which is marketed primarily to young women).
Also on Yahoo in Japan, the story is told initially through the eyes of Jobs’ official biographer Walter Isaacson, as Jobs approaches him to create his biography. It then turns to portraying a rebellious, pot-smoking, misunderstood (and attractively stylized) young man. In one frame, he is lying in the grass smoking and saying, “I’m special, so I’m a free person.”
Regardless of the medium, somebody will always be dissatisfied with the portrayal of somebody as notorious as Steve Jobs. The film, JOBS, received its own set of criticisms over accuracy. The graphic novel is based on primarily on Isaacson’s biography, and is credited as such. Yamazaki is a popular award-winning graphic novelist in Japan, whose other works such as “Thermae Romae” have been adapted into anime films. This begs the question of whether or not there is going to be a Steve Jobs anime knocking around in the future. But until then, people probably have enough to contemplate with just the graphic novel for now.
Original post by KioskeaNews here