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A Drifting Life Paperback – April 14, 2009
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In this book, he explores the journey he took to become a manga artist. It's an inspiring tale that looks into his relationship with his family, friend, fellow manga artists and publishers. The book title is apt as we see how Katsumi "drifts" along in his life, making the numerous career moves. Most of the time, you'll feel the doubt and uncertainty as he felt within the panels.
The book, at over 800 pages, is smartly inserted with historical events to portray the passing of time. It starts in 1948 and ends, a bit abruptly, in 1960 where Katsumi took part in the demonstration against the Security Treaty. Throughout the book, we also learn how manga has evolved and affected the artists.
I'll recommended this book to anyone who wishes to know Yoshihiro Tatsumi a little better, or a little bit of Japanese manga history.
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The graphic novel traces Tatsumi's early obsession with Manga as a neophyte in middle school and early college through his development and maturity as a renowned and daringly experimental artist. The work starts off slowly and repetitively, as the reader is taken through rejection letter after rejection letter from various publishers as Tatsumi attempts to kick-start his career. The novel is at its strongest when detailing the chronology of these influences on Tatsumi and Japanese culture at large.Read more ›
The book is drawn well, and constantly puts the young Katsumi's struggles in historical context. LOVE IT.
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Tatsumi does not disappoint. Great story and artwork, an instant manga classic that takes us through the history of the artist, of comic book art in Japan and of the country... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guilherme
I've read it before and I loved it I had to buy it it's story worth reading?Published 5 months ago by GodzillaMonsterFreak
I have loved everything about this book. Deeply personal semi-autobiagraphical memoir chronicling a man's passion for manga and creating them while also revealing their history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing and visceral life story told in such an unusual, and yet profound way.Published 14 months ago by Jacob
Weighing in at over 800 pages, this autobiographical manga centered on the first decade of Tatsumi's illustrious career is easily the most intimidating volume of work I own. Read morePublished 18 months ago by drqshadow
The concept of "A Drifting Life" couldn't be simpler: The life story of one of the early masters of manga, told (of course) as a manga. Read morePublished 21 months ago by VeryBadChessPlayer
"A Drifting Life" by manga great Yoshihiro Tatsumi is billed as his bildungsroman; an epic recounting of his life as an artist and writer. At times, it felt more like a diary. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Paige Turner
I love this book, it is a great historical perspective on the early 50's Manga movement. Usually I breeze through graphic novels but this is actually taking me some time to read... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by CanCan
Stylistically, there is not much to be said: this is a work by a master. Both the drawing and the text dance and merge so well together, over time, that this, more-than-800-pages,... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Niklas Pivic