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Gekiga Hyouryuu

Gekiga Hyouryuu

Alternative Titles

English: A Drifting Life
Japanese: 劇画漂流


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 48
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 20, 2008 to Dec 1, 2008
Authors: Tatsumi, Yoshihiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.201 (scored by 421 users)
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Ranked: #4962
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Popularity: #3611
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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 summartion of a fascinating life and a historic career.

(Source: Drawn & Quarterly)


Gekiga Hyouryuu was published in English as A Drifting Life by Drawn & Quarterly on April 14, 2009. It was also published in Polish as Życie. Powieść graficzna by Wydawnictwo Komiksowe in one-volume edition.


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Dec 8, 2014
A Drifting Life tells an interesting tale. It falls into many of the pitfalls you would expect from a non-fiction work, in terms of irregular pacing, as well as not having any real arc to the story. However, it still manages to be incredibly well put together despite these shortcomings, and I had fun reading through it.

The tone of the story is often an uplifting and motivating one, with a few darker elements here & there. The whole story seems to work, though, as it feels very realistic. These aren't the trials and tribulations of fictional characters, but actual drama that happened to actual people, read more
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