With Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation on Monday, any good anime and manga fan would ask the natural question: Has anyone made a manga about Benedict XVI’s life?
The answer is, of course!
In all seriousness, a treatment of his life in manga format does exist. Originally developed by Gabrielle Gniewek and Sean Lam as a 16-page one shot for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain, Regina Doman expanded on Habemus Papam! with Lam to create a full-length original English language manga. Doman even provides some insight into the process on the blog for Manga Hero, the company that creates and distributes this manga and other original series.
I have not read Habemus Papam!, but I have read Manga Hero’s other OEL releases. The company has done the unlikely and created captivating and well-crafted series based on Catholic principles and Bible stories. I’ve enjoyed all of their works, though Many Are Called stands out as a favorite.
If Habemus Papam! is anything like Manga Hero’s other works, it’s one that’s definitely worth your consideration – and it’s certainly a timely OEL manga to read in these days of significant activity in the Catholic world.