|Born||October 25, 1967|
|Tekkonkinkreet, Ping Pong, Sunny|
|Awards||Japan Cartoonists Association Award, 2001 for GoGo Monster  Eisner Awards, 2020 for Cats of the Louvre |
Taiyō Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本大洋, Hepburn: Matsumoto Taiyō, born October 25, 1967) is a manga artist from Tokyo. He has received critical praise for his unconventional and often surrealist art style. Matsumoto has been called one of the greatest artists in the history of manga and has won numerous awards, including the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the Eisner Awards. Ping Pong and Blue Spring have been adapted into live-action feature films. Animation studio Studio 4°C adapted Tekkonkinkreet into an animated feature film, it was released in Japan in late 2006, and both the anime and manga have been published in English. He is the cousin of Santa Inoue, another manga artist.
Matsumoto originally wanted to be a soccer player, but changed to artist as an occupation instead. After his initial success in the Comic Open contest, he began touring France in 1986, an event that became a significant point in his career. The manga he produced covers a variety of topics, from sports to family comedies to science fiction epics.
In 2000, Matsumoto published GoGo Monster, a 450 pages one-shot. He worked on it between 1998 and 2000, without publishing any chapter in any magazine, influenced by method of working of European comic artists he met during the Angoulême International Comics Festival, when he was still publishing Ping Pong. GoGo Monster won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 2001.
In 2006, he started publishing Takemitsu Zamurai on Big Comic Spirits. It earned him the Excellence Prize in the Manga Division at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2007 and the Grand Prize at the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2011.
Sunny ran in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Monthly Ikki from December 2010 to September 2014, when the magazine ceased publication. It was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits, being serialized from January to July 2015. It is considered one of the most important works of his career. Sunny won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category in 2016 and received an Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2017.
He is currently working on Mukashi no Hanashi and Tokyo Higoro on Shogakukan's magazines.
|Straight (ストレート)||1989||Morning, Kodansha Comics, 2 volumes|
|Zero||1991||Big Comic Spirits Special, 2 volumes|
|Zero: God Save the Knuckle!||Big Spirits Comics, 2 volumes; Big Comics, 1 vol.|
|Hana Otoko (花男, A Boy Meet a Papa and Baseball)||1992||Big Comics, Big Spirits Comics Special, 3 volumes|
|Blue Spring||1993||Anthology collection of short stories
Published by Shogakukan, 1 volume
|Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート, Tekkonkinkurīto)/Black & White||1993–94||Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 3 volumes
|Nihon no Kyōdai (日本の兄弟, Brothers of Japan)||1995||Mag Comics, 1 volume|
|100||1995||Big spirits comic special, 2 volumes|
|Ping Pong||1996–97||Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 5 volumes
|GoGo Monster||2000||Published by Shogakukan, 1 volume|||
|No. 5||2000–05||Serialized in Monthly Ikki magazine
Published by Shogakukan in 8 volumes
|Hana (花, Flower)||2002||stage play adapted to manga novella, 1 volume|
with Issei Eifuku (writer)
|2006–10||Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 8 volumes
|Sunny||2010–15||Serialized in Monthly Ikki and Monthly Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 6 volumes
|Sanī yōyō-tsuki gentei tokusōban (Sunnyヨーヨー付き限定特装版, Sunny Yo-Yo Special edition)||Ikki Comix, Ann Comics, 2 volumes|
|Chaoanfanteriburu (チャオアンファンテリブル, Chao Anne fan Terrible)
Taiyo Matsumoto / Katsuki Tanaka / Hiro Sugiyama
|Tokyo Comic Insider, 1 volume|
|Cats of the Louvre (ルーヴルの猫, Rūvuru no Neko)||2016–17||Issued by the Louvre museum, 2 volumes|||
|Mukashi no Hanashi (むかしのはなし)
with Issei Eifuku (writer)
|2020–present||Serialized in Big Comic Superior magazine|||
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