Veteran cartoonist Jiro Taniguchi passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, as reported by Casterman.
Taniguchi is best-known for his manga titles A Distant Neighborhood and The Walking Man. Born in Tottori, Japan on August 14, 1947, Taniguchi entered the industry as an assistant to Kyota Ishikawa. His first manga, A Desiccated Summer, debuted in a 1970 issue of Young Comic.
From 1978 to 1986, Taniguchi worked extensively with writer Natsuo Sekigawa on on several manga series inclusing Botchan no Jidai and City Without Defense. He also worked with Garon Tsuchiya, Baku Yumemakura, and Moebius.