How Does Japanese Manga Steve Jobs Compare to Real Steve Jobs?

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As previously reported, Japanese manga artist Mari Yamazaki of Thermae Romae fame is doing a biographical manga series on Steve Jobs.

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Last month, when discussing the upcoming series, Yamazaki said she felt sympathy towards Jobs—which might provide insight to the angle she'll be taking with the series. Below is Yamazaki's take on Jobs. It's a drawing!

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Illustration for article titled How Does Japanese Manga Steve Jobs Compare to Real Steve Jobs?

And here's how real Steve Jobs compares to Japanese manga Steve Jobs.

Illustration for article titled How Does Japanese Manga Steve Jobs Compare to Real Steve Jobs?
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The Steve Jobs manga will begin appearing in female geared comics magazine Kiss starting March 25. The name of the manga series is Steve Jobs. I have no idea how they came up with that title.

テルマエ作者新作はジョブズ、月刊へリニューアルの「Kiss」で連載 [ナリナリ]

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KaneChopwood

Manga isn't a good art style to make portraits/caricatures of real people in my opinion. Too much influence of predefined drawing methods, bound to too much rules. Instead of literally drawing/copying the details of someone's face, you have to make constants translations and compromises in favor of these rules and methods. It just ends up as a pretty generic male manga figure, but still kind of recognizable. In this case the underside of the nose, the lips, the spacing and depth between the lips and chin, size and porportion of the chin, and the (age) complexion is all wrong. Glasses need to be bigger too, at the cost of making him look nerdy.