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2006 Eisner Nominations

posted on 2006-04-05 15:34 EDT
Osamu Tezuka's Buddha and Cromartie High Nominated for Eisners

The nominations for the 2006 Eisner awards (for material released in 2005) have been announced.

The only two manga to have been nominated are Osamu Tezuka's Buddha (vols. 5-8), published by Vertical, for "Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books" and Eiji Nonaka's Cromartie High School, published by ADV, nominated for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material.

Buddha, which has won Eisners for the past two years running, is up against the following nominees: Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons; The Contract with God Trilogy, by Will Eisner; DC Comics Rarities Archives, vol. 1; and Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Cromartie High School will compete with these titles for the Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material award; Dungeon: The Early Years, vol. 1, by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Christophe Blaine; Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet; The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar; and Six Hundred Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer, by Killoffer.

Last year, manga titles took three of the five nominations for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material, ultimately Buddha, vols. 3-4 won. The second year in a row, as volumes 1-2 won in 2004.

Also in 2004, Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy was nominated for Best Title for a Younger Audience, but lost out 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 2006 nominees can be seen here.

A full list of past winners can be seen here.

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