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Thermae Romae's Yamazaki Previews Steve Jobs Manga Online

posted on by Egan Loo
Mari Yamazaki adapts Walter Isaacson's biography of late Apple co-founder

Kodansha posted the first 16 pages from Mari Yamazaki's Steve Jobs biography manga on the Yahoo! Bookstore Japan website.

The manga begins in 2004 with the late Apple company co-founder Steve Jobs travelling to Colorado to surprise author Walter Isaacson with a request: to pen his life story. Isaacson muses if Jobs is comparing himself with Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, the subjects of two Isaacson biographies. The author puts off writing Jobs' story until he receives a call from Jobs' wife Laurene with shocking news: Jobs has cancer.

The entire first chapter debuted in the May issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine on Monday.

Yamazaki ended her historical comedy manga Thermae Romae in Enterbrain's Monthly Comic Beam magazine on March 12. The manga inspired a television anime mini-series, a live-action film starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto, and an upcoming live-action film sequel. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, while Discotek licensed the anime in North America.

Thermae Romae won the Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) award in 2010, followed by the Short Work Prize in the 14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes. Although Yamazaki was born in Tokyo, she now lives in Chicago.

[Via Manga News]

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