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2005 Eisner Nominations

posted on 2005-04-14 13:26 EDT
Multiple Manga Nominated for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material

Manga titles have taken three of the five nominations for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material for the 2005 Eisner Awards.

The Nominees for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material are:

Last year, the first 2 volumes of Vertical's release of Buddha were the only Manga nominated in this category. Buddha ended up winning the award, but Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy lost out on the Best Title for a Younger Audience award, which went to Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge.

In 2003 the only manga nominations were Dark Horse's Super Manga Blast (Best Anthology), and Viz's Uzumaki (Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material), however neither won.

2002 was a more successful year for manga at the Eisners, with numerous nominations including Akira, for Best Archival Collection/Project, Akira, Eagle and Uzumaki for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material and What's Michael? for Best Writer/Artist Humor. Dark Horse's Akira won both the Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material, and the Best Archival Collection/Project categories. Later in 2002 Osamu Tezuka was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame.

Manga titles won the Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material award in 1998 (Gon Swimmin), 1999 (Star Wars: A New Hope), 2000 (Blade of the Immortal) and 2001 (Lone Wolf and Cub).

In fact, manga has dominated the category, winning it every year except in 2003. However, outside of the Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material category, manga has rarely been nominated for or won any awards.

A full list of the 2005 nominees can be seen here.

A full list of past winners can be seen here.

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