Keiji Nakazawa, Creator of “Barefoot Gen”, RIP

Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the manga series Barefoot Gen, passed away on December 19th from lung cancer. He was 73 years old. His comic, which was adapted into animated and live-action features as well as a dramatic TV series, was inspired by his own experiences as a survivor of the American bombing of Hiroshima that killed over 100,000 people including Nakazawa’s father and siblings. For more details, Comic Book Resources offers a nice obituary about Nakazawa’s life.


  • Chris Sobieniak

    I’m glad he had a chance to tell his story when he did with “I Saw It” as well as with “Barefoot Gen”. May his tale continue to impact others in the future.

  • Sarah J

    Man, it feels like these guys are dropping left and right lately. It’s a shame. I’ve yet to read or watch Barefoot Gen myself, I really really want to, but I hear it’s got some pretty horrifying imagery and I’m not sure I’m up to it. May he rest in peace.

    • Dennis

      nah, it’s not that bad, you get over it, i would be more careful about the 1982 film, that has some freaky imagery that may scar you for a long time.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles A. Brubaker

    I remember reading “Barefoot Gen” few years ago. Oh yeah, very intense.

    I need to go check out “I Saw It” someday.

  • Oliver

    ‘I Saw It’ is better than ‘Barefoot Gen’ anyway: much shorter but also far truer to Nakazawa’s actual experiences, and less sentimental.