“The son of a town council member in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima. He never took drawing seriously until he was 17; after reading Dragon Ball he knew he wanted to be a manga artist. At the age of 18 he submitted his first concept for the series Zombiepowder but it got rejected. Zombiepowder was rejected multiple times until Kubo was 22, when it finally was accepted by Shonen Jump. It did not last long; it was cancelled after four volumes in late 2000.
His next series, Bleach, about a high school student who becomes a shinigami and fights hollows, was not such a failure. Bleach began regular publication in 2001. It has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump ever since.” http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1977.Tite_Kubo
Tite Kubo writes and illustrates the Manga Bleach, which is a popular long running Anime series. I would consider it one of the more mainstream series, as many people who do not watch or read Anime or Manga have probably run across the series Bleach. Personally, it is one of my favorites. I have not read or watched all of them, because there are over 366 episodes of this show. While there are many authors and award winners of novels that can be recognized for this month from all around the world, I do feel that novels tend to get more recognition than Manga! Manga has some really in depth and interesting story lines that are also very different, and I also love that many of them have fantasy elements to them. While many adults tend to write off Manga and Anime because a good portion of this genre involves illustrations and animation, the story lines are amazing, and are really geared more for adults. Bleach is one series that can reach a wide range of ages, old and young.
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