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Yoshihiro Tatsumi to Attend NYC's PEN Fest This Spring

posted on by Egan Loo
Gekiga pioneer to promote A Drifting Life memoir with Adrian Tomine, others

Alternative manga creator Yoshihiro Tatsumi will join guests from around the world at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature from April 29 to May 4. Tatsumi pioneered the avant-garde gekiga style of manga in Japan in the 1950s. Drawn & Quarterly has been publishing his works such as the Harvey Award-winning Abandon the Old in Tokyo and The Push Man and Other Stories in North America since 2006. Drawn & Quarterly will debut Tatsumi's 840-page autobiographical tome, A Drifting Life, at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival the following week. Adrian Tomine, A Drifting Life's graphic designer and an award-winning graphic novel artist in his own right, will be a guest with Tatsumi at both festivals.

Tatsumi will appear at two PEN panels: April 30's "Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Kathrin Röggla: Modern Day Salarymen" and May 2's "Revolutionary Writers: Yoshihiro Tatsumi in Conversation with Adrian Tomine."

Source: About.com:Manga

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