|Adapted By:||Michael Wilson, Sean|
|Illustrated By:||Morikawa, Michiru|
|By (author):||Tendo, Shoko|
|Subject:||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs|
|COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General|
|Size:||9.00in x 6.00in x 0.50in|
|From The Publisher*|
In this lively and inspiring adaptation by a rising star in the manga world, and with illustrations by a leading artist, Shoko Tendo's powerful story has been recreated. Yakuza Moon is a heartrending and eye-opening account of her experiences growing up in Japan's gangster society.
Born into the family of a wealthy yakuza boss, Shoko Tendo lived her early years in luxury. But labeled "the yakuza kid," she was the victim both of bullying and discrimination from teachers and classmates at school, and of her father's drunken rages at home. Then, the family fell into debt, and Tendo fell in with the wrong crowd. By the age of fifteen she was a gang member; by the age of eighteen, a drug addict; and in her twenties, a willing participant in a series of abusive and violent relationships with men.
Tendo sank lower and lower. After the death of her parents and her own suicide attempt, she began a tortuous, soul-searching reevaluation of the road she had taken. An unconventional act of empowerment (getting tattooed from the base of her neck to the tips of her toes) finally helped her take control of her life, leading to redemption and happiness.
Already an international success and translated into fourteen languages, Tendo's story is sure to appeal to many new fans in this outstanding graphic version.
A "worthy adaptation. . .Morikawa effectively conveys the human element. The emotions and when appropriate, the vulnerability of the subject is always unmistakable in the visual depictions. I imagine that every scene successfully projects the original author's intended sentiments." - Ain't It Cool News
|Biographical Note||Yakuza Moon is Shoko Tendo's first book. She lives in Tokyo with her young daughter and works as a freelance writer.|
Sean Michael Wilson has written a number of comic books and manga, including KI's Hagakure. He is also the editor of the groundbreaking collection AX: Alternative Manga.
Michiru Morikawa is an artist, illustrator, and manga artist. She won the prestigious International Manga and Anime Award in Britain. Earlier in her career, Morikawa won a prize from Kodansha for Best New Manga Artist. Morikawa visited the UK's biggest comics festival, the Birmingham International Comic Convention, as a featured guest in order to talk about her new manga, Buskers, which she also worked in tandem with Sean Wilson.