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With the Light Manga Creator Keiko Tobe Passes Away

posted on by Egan Loo
52-year-old was best known for award-winning story about autistic boy's mother

Keiko Tobe, the creator of the With the Light manga, passed away on Thursday. She was 52. A private service will be held for close family members only.

In the story of With the Light which she launched in 2001, Tobe dealt with a mother's struggles to raise an autistic son. In 2004, the manga won an Excellence Prize in the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards from the Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The manga had been on hiatus since January of last year due to Tobe's unspecified illness.

The manga inspired a 2004 television drama which starred Ryoko Shinohara. Yen Press has been publishing With the Light in North America.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun

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