Tobe, Keiko

Given name: けいこ
Family name: 戸部
Birthday: , 1957
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Tobe was born in Hyōgo Prefecture. When she was in second grade, she made her first manga The Three Ghosts. It was about three ghosts with different personalities having slapstick adventures in their owner's mansion. She then decided to be a mangaka. Her older brother also wanted to be a mangaka and he submitted all his manga artwork to Garo before shifting to oil painting and passing down his tools to her.

After graduating, she married and had two sons. When her younger son was in kindergarten, he had a male classmate with autism. Later, she met the autistic boy's mother who said she wanted him to be a 'cheerful working adult'. This inspired Tobe to create "With the Light," a manga dealing with autistic children. At that time, there were very few manga about disabilities and they never received attention. "With the Light" changed perspectives on this issue.

Tobe died on January 28, 2010 after going on hiatus from With the Light due to illness.

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Manga Author of With the Light Passes Away

According to Mainichi news, Tobe Keiko, the author of manga With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child passed away on January 28th. She was 52. The serialization of &...read more

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AlessiCo | Jun 2, 12:44 PM
rip


ZechUwU | Mar 28, 1:00 AM
With the Light is one of the manga I adore a lot.
May you RIP </3


eze_tielve | Mar 26, 9:58 AM
Hello, Kyoto Animation? Yeah, there's this woman who made a manga about autistic kids, I think you should give her a loving tribute.


J-Tea-Chugger | Dec 26, 2020 10:25 PM
I haven't even read it yet and I'm already crying, I have to read this I just have to.


haydenluvsanime | Jul 28, 2020 8:57 PM
With the Light is the greatest manga ever made <3


GabiSan | Apr 20, 2018 12:43 AM
Im reading her manga now and its so wonderful. It saddens me that she passed away. RIP.


OkarinOfTime | Feb 4, 2016 3:47 PM
R.I.P.


stylzx | Aug 13, 2012 8:58 PM
R.I.P :'(


IKosma | Dec 10, 2010 10:54 AM
R.I.P.


ESSWHY | Apr 17, 2010 4:09 PM
:(


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