Well-respected manga blogger and FP buddy Kai-Ming Cha has posted her Top Ten Manga of 2009 list, along with some industry analysis, to Publishers Weekly. Comprised mostly of titles geared for an older readership (sorry, kids- no Naruto, nor free hugs here) it’s an eclectic brew.
What made #1? Why, Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A DRIFTING LIFE of course!!! Natch…
This may not be fair, entirely. I spent more time with Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life than I did any other book this year. And it was well worth it. Tatsumi’s illustrated text, (historic, autobiographic, economic) of the Japan that he grew up in and the growth of the industry there that we currently know as manga, is an even handed, revealing work of graphic prose that evokes the youth and imagination – as well as the industrious nature – of a young artist. Soon after publication, A Drifting Life was awarded the Osamu Tezuka prize in Japan. Well worth an Eisner in this country, and well worth owning.
Although I wholeheartedly agree with her on many of her selections, Kai-Ming should be taken to task for rating badass Death Metal comedy DETROIT METAL CITY at a lowly #5. Shame on you, Cha. Shame on you.