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Calvin and Hobbes comics creator Bill Watterson won the Grand Prix Award, beating out Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore, at the 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival in France. The Grand Prix Award is the top prize at the Angoulême and given to a living comics creator.
Otomo is best known for creating the stories of Akira, Steamboy, and Memories, and he directed or co-directed the anime for all of these. Otomo also directed the 2006 live-action film adaptation of Yuki Urushibara's Mushi-Shi supernatural manga. Otomo later created the Hipira: The Little Vampire manga, which received a 12-episode television anime adaptation in 2009. Otomo has created the Domu, The Legend of Mother Sarah, Sayonara Nippon, and SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers manga, among others, and has worked on the Freedom, Spriggan, and Metropolis anime.