Hayao Miyazaki from earlier in his career (1979-1996).
Now Vertical is raising the bar: according to anime expert Helen McCarthy, Vertical Inc.'s Ed Chavez tipped her off that the company, which publishes Osamu Tezuka's manga Black Jack and Dororo, among others, is going to translate and publish some of Tezuka's essays as well.
Tezuka wrote over 500 essays from 1950 to 1989, from top ten lists to book reviews to science pieces. Many of his essays, of course, revolved around manga and anime, such as "To 'Manga University Students' from an author - Don't Drown in Kids' Manga," which sounds like a pretty interesting work. Anyone who's interested in anime from a scholarly standpoint (as opposed to pure enjoyment-- and there's nothing wrong with that, by the way) will want to keep an eye out for whatever Vertical produces.
Anyone up for it? Besides me?