I learned this the other day, but couldn't process it just yet..
One of my favorite Japanese artists/mangakas, Jiro Taniguchi, died this February 11.
I always felt he wasn't known enough in English-speaking countries, but he's kind of huge in French-speaking territories. He didn't do mainstream shonen titles but instead self-contained "graphic novels" if you will. And a few other original dramatic stories. He was huge into observational stories.
He received a few awards at the Belgium "Angoulême International Comics Festival" over the years.
His last few stories these last ten years have all been fantastic and critically acclaimed.
I'll miss reading his new stories, for sure.