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36th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards Announced

posted on 2007-05-11 15:12 EDT
Tezuka New Artist Award winner Divine Comedy wins JCA Grand Prize

The Japan Cartoonists Association of manga creators announced the winners of the 36th Japan Cartoonists Awards on May 11. The Divine Comedy and Tama-chan and Chibi-maru shared the Grand Prize this year. The Divine Comedy, a manga adaptation of the novel that looks at the absurdities of a soldier's life, had already won the New Artist Prize of the 11th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes. Tama-chan and Chibi-maru is a web-serialized comic strip about two cats that was based on the popular Wagahai Asahi newspaper comic.

The Award of Excellence went to Kuishin Bō! (a wordplay on a Japanese word for eating and "cuisine"), a manga that turns cooking battles into a pro-wrestling-style Food Fighter league. Yuka Hamano's self-published work 2007 Mamechan Calendar and the Saitama Municipal Manga Hall, a Tokyo-area suburban museum on the legacy of manga art, shared Awards of Special Recognition. Shinji Mizushima earned the Literary Giant Award for a lifetime of creating manga, especially popular baseball manga like Dokaben and Abusan.

The judging comittee was an all-star list of manga artists that included Anpanman's Takashi Yanase and Lupin III's Monkey Punch.

The complete list of awards are as follows:

Grand Prize

  • The Divine Comedy,
    original story by Kyojin Ōnishi, art by Nobuhisa Nozoe, and script by Kazuhiro Iwata (Gentosha)
  • Tama-chan and Chibi-maru
    by Shigehisa Sunagawa (Hoshinowa)

    Award of Excellence

  • Kuishin Bō! by Shigeru Tsuchiyama (Nihonbungeisha)

    Award of Special Recognition

  • 2007 Mamechan Calendar by Yuka Hamano (self-published)
  • Saitama Municipal Manga Hall

    Literary Giant Award

  • Shinji Mizushima

    Source: animeanime.jp


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