Tatsumi in 2010
|Born||June 10, 1935|
Tennōji-ku, Osaka, Japan
|Died|| March 7, 2015 79) (aged|
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker|
|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.
His work has been translated into many languages, and Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly took part in a project to publish an annual compendium of his works focusing each on the highlights of one year of his work (beginning with 1969) that produced three volumes, edited by American cartoonist Adrian Tomine. According to Tomine, this is one event in a seemingly coincidental rise to worldwide popularity along with: reissued collections of his stories in Japan, acquisition of translation rights in a number of European countries, and competition for the rights for Drawn and Quarterly.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. Describing Tatsumi, Jennifer Allan of The Guardian said: "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."
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.Tatsumi died of cancer at the age of 79 on March 7, 2015.