I briefly met the great Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi when he was autographing copies of his beautiful book "The Push Man and other stories" at the ComiCon in San Diego a few years ago. The next year I got his collection "Abandon The Old in Tokyo". They are the works of a master storyteller and it was really cool to get him to draw a cartoon inscription into each edition.
But I didn't really know that much about him, or his historical place in the history of Japanese comics. A lack of knowledge that I can now correct, as his latest work "A Drifting Life" may be his masterpiece, an 834 page autobiographical memoir in manga form that tells his life story as it parallels and coincides with (and Tatsumi plays a major role in) the birth and development of Manga in postwar Japan.
I copied a few drawings from the pages of the book as an homage and appreciation and a way to share them with you on the blog (and because I do not have a scanner here while I am working in Melbourne!).