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Mari Yamazaki's Steve Jobs Manga Approaches Climax

posted on by Karen Ressler
Thermae Romae creator launched biography adaptation in 2013

This year's May issue of Kodansha's Hatsukiss magazine announced on Thursday that Mari Yamazaki's Steve Jobs will reach its "climax" in the next issue on June 13. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter.

The manga's story 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 first chapter debuted in Kodansha's Kiss magazine in March 2013, and it moved to Hatsu Kiss when the magazine launched in June 2014. Kodansha published the fifth compiled volume on August 12.

Yamazaki ended her Thermae Romae manga in March 2013. The manga inspired a television anime mini-series, two live-action films starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America, while Discotek licensed the anime in North America.

Ume, the manga creator duo known for Tokyo Toybox, drew another manga about Steve Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The manga, titled Steves, initially debuted online before running in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine starting in June 2014.


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