A Drifting Life (Gekiga Hyoryu Complete)
The epic autobiography of a manga master
Acclaimed for his visionary short-story collections The Push Man and Other Stories, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, and Good-Bye—originally created nearly forty years ago, but just as resonant now as ever—the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has come to be recognized in North America as a precursor of today’s graphic novel
i'll give it another 100 pages in a few days but he better amp it up a bit.
Some Wks Later:
I give up. This graphic novel is boring me to DEATH. I hate to be harsh but...I mean, he never delves into his personal life. It's just about his focus on his art. ...more
Rather, this is an artist's odyssey from a young kid obsessed with reading manga to a visionary artist and author striving to push the boundaries of his art form. It's a bit slow, some times even tedious or repetitive, but I honestly loved every second of it.
I was particularly drawn to Hiroshi's strugg ...more
Ach, will the hero publish with this manga house or that one? Well, a couple chapters of these kinds of dilemmas go a long way, but Tatsumi spends more than the necessary time in his 800ish pages putting his thinly veiled autobiographical stand-in through t ...more
But again, might be best to make up y ...more
This epic graphic novel follows the life of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, from a young manga fan to a writer to, apparently, a manga master.
I don't know much about manga, so don't take my ignorance here as a slam on ol' Yoshi.
The best parts were the stories from his personal life, and the small details about living in post WWII Japan were interesting. For example, it was years after the war before Japanese citizens were allowed t ...more
Since I am a publisher, I am always obsessed by publishing trends in the past. And this book is heaven sent to me, because I am very much interested in Japanese pop culture of the post-war yea ...more
Despite my loathing of memoirs, every once in a while one comes along I can't not read. And while Yoshihiro Tatsumi's monstrous A Drifting Life is not, in the strictest sense, a memoir, by all accounts this “autobiographical fiction” is truer to Tatsumi's early years in the comics industry than are most memoirs. At over 850 pages, it's also Tatsumi's most ambitious work. Despite the usual scope of Tatsumi's material, it's also in many ...more
As well as the differentiation between adults and children's books, gekiga artists were instrumental in taking manga from its beginning as 4-panel gag comics towards the form we see it in today - lot ...more
For a budding mangaka who found it difficult to write beyond 20 pages, this book is a whopping 800 pager mammoth! The story flows in a form of a series of vignettes - thematically shifting from discovering a passion for manga to petty sibling jealousy, from young ambition & (sometimes) thwarted d ...more
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For those who follow the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, this book is a treat. It's a wonderful manga memoir that took almost 10 years to create. The main protagonist is no other than Yoshihiro himself, using another name of Hiroshi Katsumi.
In this book, he explores the journey he took to become a manga artist. It's an inspiring tale that looks into his relationship with his family, friend, fellow manga artists and publishers. The book title is apt as we see how Kats ...more
My love of comics and the history of comics had me reading each chapter eagerly. The pace is slow as the flow of the panels breath with a steady rhythm. For those looking for something more fast paced, prepare to be disappointed.
Sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic but always honest, Tatsumi reveals his struggles and triumphs as he passionat ...more
His work has been translated into many languages, and Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly have embarked on a project to publish an annual compendium of his works ...more