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|Born||October 25, 1967|
|Tekkonkinkreet, Ping Pong, Blue Spring|
|Awards||Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, 2011 for Takemitsuzamurai with Issei Eifuku|
Taiyō Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本大洋 Hepburn: Matsumoto Taiyō, born October 25, 1967) is a manga artist from Tokyo. He made his debut in Afternoon, Kodansha's monthly seinen manga magazine, but is known for his works with Kodansha's rival publisher Shogakukan, including Tekkonkinkreet, Ping Pong and Number Five. He has received critical praise for his unconventional and often surrealist art style. 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. In 2007 he received an Excellence Award for manga at the Japan Media Arts Festival for the art of Takemitsu Zamurai. 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 1993, he began work on the Tekkonkinkreet manga, which became a success in the Big Spirits magazine, and published a series of short stories in a collection called Nihon no Kyodai that was publicized at the time by Comic Aré magazine. Ping Pong appeared in Big Spirits in 1996, soon followed by the series No. 5 in the Shogakukan magazine in 2001.
|Straight (ストレート)||1989||Morning Kodansha Comics, 1 vol.|
|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 (Black & White)||1993–94||Serialized in Pulp and 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 Ikki magazine
Published by Shogakukan in 8 volumes
|Hana (花, Flower)||2002||stage play adapted to manga novella, 1 volume|
with Issei Eifuku scenarist
|2006–10||Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 8 volumes
|Shingo (吾)||Big Comics Ikki, 8 volumes, Ikki Comics, 4 volumes|
|Sunny||2010–15||Serialized in Monthly Ikki
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|
- "Taiyo Matsumoto". Lambiek.net. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- Butcher, Christopher (July 8, 2008). "INTERVIEW: Taiyo Matsumoto (1995)". Comics212. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "著者：松本大洋" [Author: Taiyo Matsumoto]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved February 22, 2016.