It seems that 73-year-old horror manga artist Kazuo Umezu, creator of series such as Drifting Classroom, Makoto-chan and Cat-eyed Boy, will be teaching beginner classes in manga on Japanese TV starting on November 5th. The series will be entitled Chūkōnen mo Guwashi! Umezu Kazuo no 4-Koma Manga Nyūmon, a mouthful which apparently translates into “Even when you’re middle-aged! Kazuo Umezu’s four-panel Manga Primer”. The series will run for eight episodes on Japan’s NHK network. It’s targeted at beginners of all ages, and will cover a variety of different manga-creation-related topics.
I can just see the fansubbers going out of their way to get ahold of this – as if we need any more Japanophile mangaka-wannabes in the west.