25 Essential Graphic Novels

a drifting life yoshihiro tatsumi

A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Yoshihiro Tatsumi is widely credited with starting the ‘more serious’ gekiga style for cartoonists in Japan, a precursor to the ‘graphic novel vs. comic book’ distinction in the States. This novel is purely autobiographical, his take on growing up as a child in Osaka after World War II, dreaming of pursuing a career like acclaimed manga artist Osamu Tezuka’s. It gets a little meta, but how could it not?