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Japanese, World Manga Nominated for 2007 Eisner Awards

posted on by Egan Loo
New Category for Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Japan

Comic-Con International has announced the 2007 nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the most respected awards within the North American comic book industry. This year's nominations include the largest number of manga titles and creators yet, in part due to the new category for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Japan.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster medical suspense manga (Viz Media) tops the list with two nominations—one for this new category, and one for Best Continuing Series overall. Tadashi Katoh garners one nomination for his Project X Challengers: Cup Noodle behind-the-scenes ramen history (Digital Manga Publishing) in the Best Reality-Based Work category. Yoshihiro Tatsumi's Abandon the Old in Tokyo (Drawn & Quarterly) and the late Osamu Tezuka's Ode to Kirihito (Vertical) are competing with three other titles in the Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books category.

Five manga titles are vying to win the first Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan. In addition to Monster, the potential honorees are Setona Mizushiro's After School Nightmare (Go! Comi), Fumi Yoshinaga's Antique Bakery (Digital Manga Publishing), Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Old Boy (Dark Horse Manga), and Jiro Taniguchi's Walking Man (Fanfare / Ponent Mon).

In the Special Recognition category, two world manga authors—Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon) and Ross Campbell (Abandoned, Wet Moon 2)—are going head-to-head with three other creators. Competing for Best New Series honors is Becky Cloonan's world manga title East Coast Rising (TOKYOPOP).

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