Bill Gates Manga – My Computer God

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This manga, published in 1982 as “My Computer God – The Story of Bill Gates” (マイコンの神さま ビル・ゲイツ物語), in KoroKoro Comic, is a fascinating piece of history, and quite amusing to boot. As a piece of history, it harkens back to a time when Bill Gates was the Larry Page or Sergey Brin of his day, a dynamic entrepreneur in charge of an up and coming venture company, a far cry from the monolithic titan of corporate America Microsoft would later become. The entire story is translated below.

I left the format in right to left reading, and the original Japanese scans are available below.

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As a historical aside, the manga does not use the term “PC” (or pasokon), instead opting for “My Computer”, or maikon.

Great credit goes to the original source for digging a thirty year old magazine out from some forgotten archive and taking the trouble to scan it.

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    Comment by Panther
    03:06 02/07/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bill Gates still is evil. Even if he has made PCs easy to use lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 13/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    bill gates has donated more than 50 billion dollars to charity, more than anyone else in the world, and you call him evil.... yeah, he sounds like the pinnacle of evil, dont he, what with saving countless lives and all.... just horrible....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 03/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch Magical Girl Pretty Sammy - the OVA has Bill Gates in it as the evil guy.

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    Comment by giko
    22:37 16/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ����does not mean my computer.
    It is an abbreviation of microcomputer.
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%9E%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B3%E3%83%B3%E3%83%94%E3%83%A5%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BF [http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/マイクロコンピュータ]

    Comment by zeeohsix
    17:20 19/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i looked it up and came across this:
    "After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Gates wrote the school's computer program to schedule students in classes. He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students."

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 25/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd at that map of the US. Boston's up in Canada!

    Comment by HCKPro
    08:03 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Apple?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't talk about Apple.
    You. Do. Not. Talk. About. Apple.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 04/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very fun read, thanks for posting

    Comment by billywest
    14:09 07/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should e-mail that to Microsoft in Seattle.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Maybe it will come to their attention naturally. It is certainly very positive to MS, which makes a change I suppose.

    Comment by What
    11:19 07/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's another manga in the same vein, about George Soros. Was translated in English, saw it at some Borders in Malaysia. Didn't have the time to stay though, had to leave and was outta cash, so... I didn't read all the way to the end :(

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    Comment by Artefact

    The really famous one is of course the Ghosn Nissan manga; business manga aren't exactly common, but nor are they unheard of.

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    Comment by zonic505
    12:44 05/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    That big-toothed kid is Arashi from the anime Game Center Arashi from 1982.

    Comment by meganeshounen
    12:20 02/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now THIS definitely proves that the Japanese can make manga out of ANYTHING.

    Comment by gau
    15:05 27/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    watch "pirates of silicon valley" for more clear view... but this comic is funny and good enough.

    Comment by haruthebum
    18:09 16/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, that's awesome, although its still not as weird as a manga about extreme bread battles.

    theres another one similar to this one out in canada called edu-manga it stars Edward Einstein, and is about science I'm guessing.

    Comment by xxc

    this is so boring. Who'd want to read about BILL GATES?? Give me One Piece anyday over this ****.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because without Bill Gates you wouldn't be posting on this site today. In all probability if Gates hadn't started the whole home computer thing there wouldn't be PC's today. Fact: Sinclair, Apple, Apricot, Commodore and others started up home computing AFTER Bill Gates started the ball rolling. So in all fairness give the guy his credit and his due.

    Oh, and before anybody says otherwise, I hate MS and I can't stand Bill Gates, especially after finding out that one form of his name in ASCII with the letters added together come to 666.

    Antichrist, anybody?

    Comment by Maximatum99
    03:50 30/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Antichrist? Uh, maybe he will make Skynet and bring the rise of machines after some strange bizarre incident regarding a blu-ray disk. A battle against Sony and will lead to Skynet destroying Sony and the world! Nah... that may never happen.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:20 15/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it wasn't for Bill, someone else would have started this. He just was the first riding the wave, but the wave was there even without him.

    Also, by now, Skynet already exists. We also make Terminators.



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