A Drifting Life

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    • The story chronicles of Tatsumi's life as a mangaka beginning from his days of childhood
    • Tatsumi's professional rise is carefully intertwined with historic moments of the 20th century
    • A heartfelt comic memoir that not only frames Tatsumi himself but Japan's society after World War 2
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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: EpiloguesFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
      Chapter 48: Fueled by angerFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
        Chapter 47: The quick dissolution of the gekiga workshopFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
          Chapter 46: Jealousy and frustrationFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
            Chapter 45: Passions for gekiga dwindlesFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
              Chapter 44: The vampire killer becomes a vampireFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                Chapter 43: Pros and consFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                  Chapter 42: The birth of gekiga workshopFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                    Chapter 41: Reaching towards gekigaFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                      Chapter 40: Drawing from turmoilFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                        Chapter 39: Rental manga warsFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                          Chapter 38: The boom continuesFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                            Chapter 37: Hotobukiso daysFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                              Chapter 36: To Tokyo, and GekigaFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                Chapter 35: Drunk with powerFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                  Chapter 34: The short story boomFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                    Chapter 33: Managing editorFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                      Chapter 32: The fall of Hinomaru BunhoFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                        Chapter 31: The joy of creationFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                          Chapter 30: A time for good-byeFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                            Chapter 29: Passion and seductionFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                              Chapter 28: Escape from campFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                Chapter 27: In the balanceFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                  Chapter 26: Summer training campFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                    Chapter 25: Masami Kuroda's pastFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                      Chapter 24: Life drawingFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                        Chapter 23: Experimental workFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                          Chapter 22: ShadowFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                            Chapter 21: Searching for a new methodFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                              Chapter 20: The manga monsterFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                Chapter 19: An infinitely free worldFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                  Chapter 18: Nom de plumeFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                    Chapter 17: Hinomaru Bunko, rental manga publisherFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                      Chapter 16: Cold callingFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                        Chapter 15: A dream fulfilledFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                          Chapter 14: Desert travelerFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                            Chapter 13: The sun sets on high school daysFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                              Chapter 12: DebutFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                Chapter 11: The road to successFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                  Chapter 10: The con artistFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                    Chapter 9: Summertime dreamsFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                      Chapter 8: Torn apartFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                        Chapter 7: Beloved mangaFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                          Chapter 6: Tezuka vanishesFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                            Chapter 5: Sibling RivalryFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                              Chapter 4: Enter TezukaFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                                Chapter 3: The journalist from Mainichi ShimbunFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                                  Chapter 2: Manga obsessionFeb 25, 2019more_horiz
                                                                                                    Chapter 1: The birth of mangaFeb 25, 2019more_horiz