An autobiographical comic by Creator/YoshihiroTatsumi. Over 10 years in the making, ''A Drifting Life'' depicts Tatsumi's life from the time of his childhood in post-WWII Japan. A very dense work that is focused mostly on Tatsumi's experiences with {{manga}}, ''A Drifting Life'' is filled not just with the history of Tatsumi, but also with the history of Japanese media and Japanese culture. It is a must-read for fans of Tatsumi and those who desire to know the history of manga, even if only a part of it.

''A Drifting Life'' is published in English by Drawn and Quarterly, along with much of Tatsumi's other work.

!!Tropes featured include:

* EyeScream: Tatsumi's older brother never lost a fight with the local bullies, despite his crippling tuberculosis, because he'd always go straight for their eyes.
* MisterSandmanSequence: The comic does several of these sequences to illustrate Japan's recovery from World War Two.