Sep 14, 2011

Google Doodle History: Akatsuka Fujio's Birthday (Sep 14, 2010)

Sep 14, 2010 - Akatsuka Fujio's Birthday - (Japan) 

Fujio Akatsuka (September 14, 1935–August 2, 2008) was a pioneer Japanese artist of comical manga known as the Gag Manga King.

He was born in Rehe, Manchuria, the son of a Japanese military police officer. After World War II, he grew up in Niigata Prefecture and Nara Prefecture. When he was 19, he moved to Tokyo.

While working at a chemical factory, he drew many manga. After that, Tokiwa-so accepted him. He started his career as a shōjo artist, but in 1958, his Nama-chan became a hit, so he became a specialist in comic manga.

He won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1964 for Osomatsu-kun and the Bungeishunjū Manga Award in 1971 for Tensai Bakabon. He is said to have been influenced by Buster Keaton and MAD magazine.

In 1965, Akatsuka established his own company "Fujio Productions Ltd.".

In 2000, he drew manga in braille for the blind.

Many of his manga featured supporting characters who ended up becoming more popular and more associated with their series than the main character, such as Papa (Tensai Bakabon), Iyami, Chibita (Osomatsu-kun), and Nyarome (Mōretsu Atarō). (Wikipedia)

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