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 12:56:03Z">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.