Gegege no Kitarō's Shigeru Mizuki Ends Autobiographical Manga Watashi no Hibi (Updated)
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Manga creator Shigeru Mizuki ended his Watashi no Hibi (My Everyday) autobiographical manga in this year's 10th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Saturday. The magazine announced in March that the manga was ending, but the series continued last month. The current issue also announced that a compiled book volume of all 34 of the series' chapters is slated to ship in Japan at the end of July.
In the visual essay manga series, Mizuki tells of his peaceful childhood, his experience in World War II, his poor life afterward, and his foray into kamishibai picture stories. Mizuki launched the manga in December 2013 in Big Comic magazine.
North American publisher Drawn & Quarterly will publish Shigeru Mizuki's biographical Hitler manga in November. The publisher has also released many of Mizuki's other works, such as NonNonBa, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and Showa: A History of Showa Japan (Comic Showa-Shi), the latter two of which were nominated for a Harvey Award in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Drawn & Quarterly also published a one-volume selection of Mizuki's Gegege no Kitarō series under the title Kitaro.
Update: Yahoo! Japan News is reporting on Saturday that although the 10th issue noted that the manga's ending was abrupt, the editorial department for the magazine said that the reason for the abrupt end was not due to Mizuki's health. [Via Hachima Kikō]
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