Apple products are indeed very popular in Japan and as a tribute to its late founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ life, Kiss magazine will be re-telling his story, this time in manga form. The story will be based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, simply entitled Steve Jobs.
Artist Mari Yamazaki, known for her Thermae Romae manga, has been chosen to illustrate the story that will come out as a serial in Kiss magazine, normally known as a “female comic” magazine. She was chosen for this project because she feels sympathy and a little kinship with Jobs, as well as possessing a “realistic and charming” painting style. This isn’t the first time that Jobs’ life has been translated into a comic book. Bluewater Productions created a comic book translation of his life story almost immediately after he passed away in 2011 and was available in Comixology’s Comics apps on iOS and Android. Jobs was also “reinvented” as an action figure, which is not really surprising given the almost geek superhero stature that he enjoys in Japan. His likeness as drawn by Yamazaki is very lifelike, even up to his stubble and trademark turtleneck sweaters.
The manga will also be laying the groundwork for the Sony Pictures’ biopic that will be adapted for the screen by award-winning writer and creator Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network). This should not be confused with that other (yes, there are two!) Jobs biopic, entitled Jobs and starring Ashton Kutcher as the legendary man himself.