News 36th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards Announced
posted on 2007-05-11 15:12 EDT
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:
original story by Kyojin Ōnishi, art by Nobuhisa Nozoe, and script by Kazuhiro Iwata (Gentosha)
by Shigehisa Sunagawa (Hoshinowa)
Award of Excellence
Award of Special Recognition
Literary Giant Award