Tatsumi, Yoshihiro

Tatsumi, Yoshihiro

Given name: ヨシヒロ
Family name: 辰巳
Birthday: Jun 13, 1935
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Died: March 7, 2015 (aged 79)

Birth place: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

In the late 1950s, Yoshihiro Tatsumi began 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." Recently, his works have been seeing a resurgence of popularity, and he has been published in many languages.

Tatsumi is widely credited with starting the gekiga (劇画, "dramatic pictures") style of alternative comics in Japan, having allegedly coined the term in 1957. He has thus influenced comic artists around the world.

Gekiga is a more serious and realistic style than that of manga, which at the time was aimed toward children. The mainstream publications out of Tokyo produced the manga style, but the main support for the gekiga alternative comic style were the lending libraries out of Osaka. Over time, those who grew up reading manga wanted something more adult, and gekiga filled that need.

The 1960s generation of Japanese youth became known as the Manga Generation; it was a sign of rebellion, and gekiga comics were central to that, including political movements espoused by the young. Eventually, the style had grown in popularity to the point that it influenced people like Osamu Tezuka (who was iconic of the mainstream manga style). This acceptance of varied styles in manga engendered the period called The Golden Age of Manga, which extended from the 1970s into the 1980s. Today, with the development of new schools of alternative comics in Japan, the influence of gekiga is declining, but it still appears, mostly in seinen comics.

(Source: Wikipedia, Toronto Star)
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Influential Mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi Dies at 79

Influential Mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi Dies at 79

Journalist Paul Gravett announced in an article that the "sensei of gekiga," Yoshihiro Tatsumi, died due to malignant lymphoma on Saturday, March 7. He was...read more

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Esutta | Sep 21, 7:27 PM
I wished I could have a conversation with you. Enjoy up there.


mbfrohlich | Mar 19, 9:47 PM
I've just finished reading Gekiga Hyouryuu... And now I realize how important this man was to the manga industry, both in aesthetics and in storytelling. If it weren't you, gekiga (and seinen) would absolutely not be the same.
Rest In Peace


NiggerFetusCunt | Aug 13, 2015 7:53 PM
Rest In Peace.


LoneWolf | Aug 12, 2015 9:21 PM
RIP


Unsub_ | Aug 9, 2015 5:13 AM
It's never too late to read his works. Timeless.


nikos3194 | Apr 14, 2015 3:58 PM
Rest in peace


truisms | Mar 15, 2015 11:17 AM
rip to the godfather


Xowlreed | Mar 13, 2015 7:27 PM
RIP and thank you


Brynhildr | Mar 12, 2015 9:45 AM
I'll miss you buddy. Goodbye. . .


Crelrn | Mar 11, 2015 11:56 PM
RIP


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