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Japanese manga legend celebrates 60 years in the business

Published on Feb 2, 2013 1:11 PM
Japanese mangaka Leiju Matsumoto poses on February 1, 2013 during the 40th Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (Angoulene's international comic books festival) in Angouleme, western France. Matsumoto, famous for his series Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, celebrate his 60 years of carreer as the festival's guest of honour today. -- PHOTO: AFP

ANGOULEME, France (AFP) - Japanese Manga legend Leiji Matsumoto celebrated 60 years in the business at France's international cartoon festival, and confessed that the experience left him feeling like a time traveller "with the strange sensation of finding myself in one of my stories".

The author of numerous cult works such as Captain Albator and Galaxy Express 999, the slender, white haired 75-year-old, sporting a goatee, cap and huge glasses, was on Friday feted at the festival in south-western Angouleme.

A precocious genius and admirer of the great mangaka Osamu Tezuka, Matsumoto published his first manga The Adventures Of A Bee at the tender age of 15.

"Three or four years later, I saw (director Julien) Duvivier's Marianne Of My Youth (1955). He impressed me. The film was in black and white. (And yet) today I have the impression of having seen it in 3D and in colour," he said in an interview with AFP.

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