Ashita no Joe Creator Tetsuya Chiba Interviewed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Mainichi Daily News recently posted an interview with acclaimed sports manga creator Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe) regarding his experiences during World War II. Last August, Chiba attended the opening of an exhibition in Nanjing's Massacre Memorial Hall. The exhibition displayed a collection of works by war-generation Japanese manga creators. Chiba said although he prepared himself emotionally for the event, the sight of the line of Chinese anime fans waiting for his signing event left him overwhelmed.

Chiba's family was living in what is now the city of Shenyang, China, at the end of the war. "I want to write as much as I can remember about exactly how the Japanese expatriates managed to get home. I think it's my duty," Chiba said.

In June, Chiba published 500 copies of Tecchin, Chiba's compilation of nine works written about his years as a young artist. Chiba had retinal surgery six years ago, and has been working as a professor in Bunsei University of Art's manga major since 2005.

Source: The Mainichi Daily News

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