Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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Yoshihiro Tatsumi
辰巳 ヨシヒロ
Yoshihiro Tatsumi 2010.JPG
Tatsumi in 2010
Born(1935-06-10)June 10, 1935
Tennōji-ku, Osaka, Japan
DiedMarch 7, 2015(2015-03-07) (aged 79)
Tokyo, Japan
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]

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Gekiga (劇画) is a Japanese term for comics that literally means "dramatic pictures". It describes comics aimed at adult audiences with a cinematic style and more mature themes. The name gekiga was coined in 1957 by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and adopted by other more serious Japanese cartoonists, who did not want their trade to be known by the more common term manga or "whimsical pictures". It is akin to English speakers who prefer the term "graphic novel", as opposed to "comic book".

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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. [2] 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.

Drawn and Quarterly Canadian publishing house

Drawn and Quarterly is a publishing company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, specializing in comics. It publishes primarily comic books, graphic novels and comic strip collections. The books it publishes are noted for their artistic content, as well as the quality of printing and design. The name of the company is a pun on "drawing", "quarterly", and the practice of hanging, drawing and quartering. Initially it specialized in underground and alternative comics, but has since expanded into classic reprints and translations of foreign works. Drawn and Quarterly was the company's flagship quarterly anthology during the 1990s.

Adrian Tomine artist

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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] Tatsumi died of cancer at the age of 79 on March 7, 2015. [4] [5]

Animation Method of creating moving pictures

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<i>Tatsumi</i> (film) 2011 film by Eric Khoo

Tatsumi is a 2011 Japanese-language Singaporean animated drama film directed by Eric Khoo. It is based on the manga memoir A Drifting Life and five earlier short stories by the Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. The film is a Singaporean production with Japanese dialogue, and was animated in Indonesia.

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English publications

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<i>Fallen Words</i> short story manga collection

Fallen Words is a collection of rakugo short stories by manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. The manga was published on July 3, 2009 by Basilico, with Drawn and Quarterly publishing it in North American on May 8, 2012.

In German

In Japanese

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  1. Garner, Dwight (April 14, 2009), "Manifesto of a Comic-Book Rebel", The New York Times
  2. Tatsumi, Yoshihiro (April 10, 2012). The Push Man and Other Stories. Introduction: Drawn and Quarterly. ISBN   978-1770460768.
  3. Frater, Patrick (2011-02-07). "Tatsumi finds match with Factory". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. 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.
  6. http://www.tcj.com/tatsumi-yoshihiro-1935-2015/

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The Push Man and Other Stories is a collection of gekiga short stories by manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. It collects sixteen stories by Tatsumi which were serialized in the manga magazine Gekiga Young as well as in self-published dōjinshi magazines in 1969. Drawn and Quarterly collected the stories and published them on September 1, 2005. In 2006, the manga was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection and the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.

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Good-Bye is a collection of gekiga short stories by manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. It collects nine stories by Tatsumi from 1971 to 1972. Drawn and Quarterly published the manga in North America on June 1, 2008, with Adrian Tomine as editor and designer. The manga was nominated for the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books.

<i>Black Blizzard</i> (manga) One-shot manga

Black Blizzard is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and published by Hinomaru Bunko in November 1956. It is about two convicts who are handcuffed together and escape after the train they are being escorted on crashes. Written by Tatsumi in twenty days, it is considered to be one of the first full-length gekiga works. Manga scholar Ryan Holmberg has called it an unsolicited adaptation of Kazuo Shimada's "Black Rainbow". It was published in North America by Drawn and Quarterly on April 13, 2010.