Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than thirty
years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga
masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with
BETA!! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output
since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre
encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic
comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful
human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story
by Kazuya Kudo), an intriguing detective series taking place around
the world (Master Keaton; story by Hokusei Katsushika,
Takashi Nagasaki), a captivating psychological suspense story
(Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century
Boys), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of
Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka; co-authored
with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the
cooperation of Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned
popular animated and live-action TV programs and sci-fi films, and
2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action
Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.
No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa received the 2011 and 2013 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia, as well as an award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.
"...[a] juggernaut of the manga world..."
"If you're itching for adventure, and are craving something to instill your waning faith in humanity, I implore you. Let these works transport you. Fly Urasawa Air.
It'll get you where you need to go."
"Urasawa's works possess such a singular ability to transport readers halfway across the world almost effortlessly..." -- Polygon * Manga legend Naoki Urasawa: 'A victory through violence is not a victory' *