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The first English translation of Mizuki's best-loved work
NonNonBa is the definitive work by acclaimedGekiga-kaShigeru Mizuki, a poetic memoir detailing his interest inyokai(spirit monsters). Mizuki's childhood experiences withyokaiinfluenced the course of his life and oeuvre; he is now known as the forefather ofyokaimanga. His spring 2011 book,Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, was featured on PRI'sThe World, where Marco Werman scored a coveted interview with one of the most famous visual artists working in Japan today.
Within the pages ofNonNonBa, Mizuki explores the legacy left him by his childhood explorations of the spirit world, explorations encouraged by his grandmother, a grumpy old woman named NonNonBa.NonNonBais a touching work about childhood and growing up, as well as a fascinating portrayal of Japan in a moment of transition.NonNonBawas the first manga to win the Angoulême Prize for Best Album. Much like its namesake,NonNonBais at once funny and nostalgic, firmly grounded