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24th Manga Division Jury Selections

Showamaboroshi wasuregatakiyatsutachi (Showa Phantom, Unforgettable Guys)

TSUGE Tadao[Japan]


With powerful pen strokes and insights into contemporary customs, the artist depicts survivors eking out a living in postwar Tokyo, their city and worldview in ruins. The roughneck yet vibrant lives of demobilized service members, yakuza, bootleggers, fighters, women of the night, and outlaws unfold before a young boy. His perspective is the artist’s in this full-length compilation that takes an autobiographical look at the turbulent postwar era.