Manga Creator Shigeru Mizuki Passes Away

Prolific manga creator Shigeru Mizuki passed away on November 23, 2015. He was 93 years old at the time of his passing.

YTV reported that Mizuki collapsed in his home on the morning of November 23, 2015, and was taken to the hospital where he died of heart failure. Kumanichi added that he had a heart attack.

Mizuki had ended his latest manga, the autobiographical My Everyday, in May 2015. Shogakukan had noted that the reason for the abrupt end was not due to Mizuki’s health.

Mizuki was born in Osaka in 1922, and grew up in Tottori Prefecture. He was drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, where he injured — and later lost — his left arm. He penned multiple manga based on his experiences in World War II, such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and Watashi no Hibi.

Mizuki was also famous for his manga about yōkai — Japanese supernatural creatures. His manga and research into yōkai is largely responsible for the popularity that yōkai stories have today.

Mizuki was the first Japanese creator to win a major award at France’s Angoulême International Comics Festival when he won the Fauve d’Or: Prix du Meilleur Album in 2007 for NonNonBâ. He was also honored as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2010.

North American publisher Drawn & Quarterly has released many of Mizuki’s works in English, including NonNonBâ, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and Showa: A History of Showa Japan. The latter two titles were nominated for a Harvey Award in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Drawn & Quarterly also published a one-volume selection of Mizuki’s Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro series under the title Kitaro in 2013, and plans to publish seven more volumes of the series. The company also published Mizuki’s biographical Hitler manga in November 2015.

Mizuki’s Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan and Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan manga won the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia in July 2015.

Source: ANN

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