Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yoshihiro Tatsumi died



(Photo from the wiki article.)

I hadn't seen anything in the news at the time, but I was reading a copy of the Japan Times and noticed the obituary for Tatsumi for March 15. There's an article in the NY Times about him.

In the 1950's, Tatsumi coined the term "gekiga" to refer to manga geared towards adults. This was about the same time that Will Eisner came up with "graphic novels" in the U.S. In both cases, comics and manga had gotten too focused on a younger audience, and certain artists thought that the adult market was being ignored. Tatsumi's views were directly responsible for the creation of Garo magazine in 1964, which in turn ran some of his manga a few years later, and eventually led to the wider acceptance of manga among adults in Japan. While he never reached fame on the level of Tezuka, he arguably had as big an impact on the field. A live action film based on his life was released in Japan in 2011.

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