A Drifting Life

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    Over four decades ago, Yoshihiro Tatsumi expanded the horizons of comics storytelling by using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics" and has influenced generations of cartoonists around the world. Now the visionary creator of "The Push Man and Other Stories" and "Good-bye" has turned his incisive, unflinching gaze upon himself. Over ten years in the making, "A Drifting Life" is Tatsumis' most ambitious, personal, and heart felt work: an autobiographical bildungsroman in comics form. Using his life long obsession with comics as a frame work, Tatsumi weaves a complex story that encompasses family dynamics, Japanese culture and history, first love, the intricacies of the manga industry, and most importantly, what it means to be an artist. Alternately humorous, enlightening, and haunting, this is the masterful summation of a fascinating life and a historic career.

    Note: Won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize in 2009, the Best Reality-Based Work and the Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia for the Eisner Award in 2010.
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    Last UpdatedFebruary 25, 2019
    Other namesGekiga Hyouryuu , Hanyut, Une vie dans les marges (French), Życie. Powieść Graficzna. (Polish), 劇画漂流
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    Chapter 49: EpiloguesFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 48: Fueled by angerFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 47: The quick dissolution of the gekiga workshopFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 46: Jealousy and frustrationFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 45: Passions for gekiga dwindlesFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 44: The vampire killer becomes a vampireFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 43: Pros and consFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 42: The birth of gekiga workshopFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 41: Reaching towards gekigaFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 40: Drawing from turmoilFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 39: Rental manga warsFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 38: The boom continuesFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 37: Hotobukiso daysFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 36: To Tokyo, and GekigaFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 35: Drunk with powerFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 34: The short story boomFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 33: Managing editorFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 32: The fall of Hinomaru BunhoFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 31: The joy of creationFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 30: A time for good-byeFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 29: Passion and seductionFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 28: Escape from campFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 27: In the balanceFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 26: Summer training campFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 25: Masami Kuroda's pastFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 24: Life drawingFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 23: Experimental workFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 22: ShadowFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 21: Searching for a new methodFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 20: The manga monsterFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 19: An infinitely free worldFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 18: Nom de plumeFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 17: Hinomaru Bunko, rental manga publisherFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 16: Cold callingFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 15: A dream fulfilledFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 14: Desert travelerFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 13: The sun sets on high school daysFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 12: DebutFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 11: The road to successFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 10: The con artistFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 9: Summertime dreamsFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 8: Torn apartFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 7: Beloved mangaFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 6: Tezuka vanishesFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 5: Sibling RivalryFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 4: Enter TezukaFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 3: The journalist from Mainichi ShimbunFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 2: Manga obsessionFebruary 25, 2019
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    Chapter 1: The birth of mangaFebruary 25, 2019
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