Keiji Nakazawa, 1939-2012
January 4, 2013 6:16 AM   Subscribe

Keiji Nakazawa, the manga artist and creator of Barefoot Gen (previously),his autobiographical account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died on the 19th of December, still living in Hiroshima. His obituary is up on The Comics Journal website, while comics blogger David Brothers adds a more personal note about discovering Barefoot Gen as a preteen.
posted by MartinWisse (15 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by jonbro at 6:39 AM on January 4, 2013


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posted by gubo at 7:02 AM on January 4, 2013


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Everyone should watch Barefoot Gen and the even more phenomenal Grave of the Fireflies.

Just not on the same day, or even probably the same week.
posted by absalom at 7:24 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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Barefoot Gen is the single greatest manga I ever read.
posted by KingEdRa at 9:37 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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posted by Jubal Kessler at 9:57 AM on January 4, 2013


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posted by jiawen at 10:05 AM on January 4, 2013


Barefoot Gen is an amazing work of art, and an incredible legacy to the world.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:49 AM on January 4, 2013


I read this book before traveling to modern day Hiroshima as a teenager. I have to say the book was more powerful even than standing in the spots where the events occurred. It's amazing.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:51 AM on January 4, 2013


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Thank you for this post. I have just now ordered copies of Barefoot Gen.

I recommend Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima for another all-too-vivid take on what happened. Painful to read but important to commit to experience.
posted by kinnakeet at 10:58 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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Several years ago my local public library received free copies of Barefoot Gen. I was glad to read it.
posted by dragonplayer at 11:14 AM on January 4, 2013


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Barefoot Gen is a wonderful series of books. Often horrifying, but wonderful. I also really enjoyed Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen for more background and as a follow up to Gen's story and how it ties to Nakazawa's personal history.
posted by Cuke at 1:48 PM on January 4, 2013


Well shit. Barefoot gen is right up there with pogo, early peanuts, and Felix the Cat as one of the first great comics I read. This is a loss.

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(sorry for formatting. Phone. bus.)
posted by stet at 3:54 PM on January 4, 2013


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posted by radwolf76 at 2:36 AM on January 5, 2013


Tom Spurgeon has links to other obituaries and remembrances.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:28 AM on January 16, 2013


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