Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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Yoshihiro Tatsumi
辰巳 ヨシヒロ
Yoshihiro Tatsumi 2010.JPG
Born (1935-06-10)June 10, 1935
Tennōji-ku, Osaka, Japan
Died March 7, 2015(2015-03-07) (aged 79)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
A Drifting Life

Yoshihiro Tatsumi (辰巳 ヨシヒロ Tatsumi Yoshihiro?, June 10, 1935 - March 7, 2015) was a Japanese manga artist who is widely credited with starting the gekiga style of alternative comics in Japan, having allegedly coined the term in 1957.[1]

His work has been translated into many languages, and Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly have embarked on a project to publish an annual compendium of his works focusing each on the highlights of one year of his work (beginning with 1969), edited by American cartoonist Adrian Tomine. This is one event in a seemingly coincidental rise to worldwide popularity that Tomine relates to in his introduction to the first volume of the aforementioned series. Tatsumi received the Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 1972. In 2009, he was awarded the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for his autobiography, A Drifting Life. The same work garnered him multiple Eisner awards (Best Reality-Based Work and Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia) in 2010 and the regards sur le monde award in Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2012. His work frequently illustrates the darker elements of life. Jennifer Allan of the Guardian, described him thusly, "He drew ugly aspects of society, but with humanity; people are grotesque, but never disgusting. Taboos don’t exist, and the frankness of his subject matter is comforting."[2]

A full-length animated feature on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi was released in 2011. The film, Tatsumi, is directed by Eric Khoo and The Match Factory is handling world sales.[3] He died of cancer at the age of 79 on March 7, 2015.[4][5]



  1. ^ Garner, Dwight (April 14, 2009), "Manifesto of a Comic-Book Rebel", The New York Times 
  2. ^ Jennifer Allan,More than manga: what I learned from the human stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, The Guardian, 23 March 2015.
  3. ^ Frater, Patrick (2011-02-07). "Tatsumi finds match with Factory". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Rich (8 March 2015). "Yoshihiro Tatsumi Passes Away, Aged 79". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Weber, Bruce (13 March 2015). "Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Formative Manga Artist, Dies at 79". New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 


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