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Tatsumi Drifts Into Eisner Hall of Fame Nominees

Good news for a manga legend!



The Eisners are, to be a bit cliche, the Oscars of the American comics world: they're prestigious and the process of selecting them is often debated. But this year, manga fanatics and comic connoisseurs alike will be happy to know that Yoshihiro Tatsumi has been nominated to enter the Eisner Hall of Fame.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
For those unfamiliar, Yoshihiro Tatsumi is the creator of the phenomenal A Drifting Life, an autobiographical work about Tatsumi's own childhood, growth as a mangaka, and a variety of more personal joys and woes as well. Other titles he's well known for are Abandon the Old in Tokyo and Good-Bye (all three of these works have been published in English by Drawn & Quarterly). Tatsumi is also widely credited as the creator of the gekiga movement (creating manga aimed at adults rather than children). He won the Japan Mangaka Association Award in 1972.

Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame-- named, of course, for comicker Will Eisner, who you probably know best for The Spirit --will only be entering four people from a list of 13 nominees into the Hall of Fame this year, but industry members (not including press, sadly) can vote online to try and help Tatsumi enter. Or, you know, for someone else. (Jerks.)
Ruby_Alexandrineon Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
I own Good-Bye, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, and the Push Man and other stories.  I recently finished reading the Push Man and I truly enjoyed reading his work the very first time.  Each of the stories in Push Man are angsty  and intriguing.  His artwork is not of the norm which is fine with me because I put more emphasis on plot than artwork.  I have seen good artwork yet crappy plots which is a complete drag!  I look forward to purchasing A Drifting Life soon.
giaon Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:42 p.m.
@Ruby_Alexandrine: Glad to hear it! Tatsumi is a master, but he goes unappreciated by a lot of manga readers because he's not new, and he's not Tezuka. :\
Matteon Feb. 9, 2010 at 4:11 p.m.
I was just about finished with my current book so I'll give one of these a shot.  Any advice on what to read first?
Ruby_Alexandrineon Feb. 9, 2010 at 8:07 p.m.
@Matte said:

" I was just about finished with my current book so I'll give one of these a shot.  Any advice on what to read first? "

I read the Push Man and other stories which is the first time I ever read Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work.  Its an anthology and the stories are dark.  It got me hooked and I wanted to read more of his work.  His art style is not manga-ish, its more cartoonish as in the comic strips seen on the Sunday newspaper.  I'll be reading Good-Bye as well.
 
 @Gia - I agree and I don't think Osamu Tezuka gets a lot of appreciation stateside either.  I read MW which I thought it was a masterpiece yet I'm not sure if I want to see the live action flick because I heard it strays away from the manga.  I liked that Drawn and Quarterly published Yoshihiro's work in hardcover except A Drifting Life.  Its quite rare to see hardcover mangas stateside.

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