Thailand's Super Dunker Wins 3rd Int'l Manga Award
posted on by Egan Loo
China's Huang Jia-Wei and France's Morvan (Zaya), France's Melvil Corveyran (Natty), Korea's Kim Jea-Eon (Running on Empty) won awards of excellence or Silver Awards. America's Jhomar Soriano (Arkham Woods), Brazil's Rafaella Ryon (Pequena Loja dos Horrores), Sweden's Yosh (Beneath the Surface), China's Zhang Xiaoyu (Ma Sheng), and Thailand's Pongpat Petcharat (400-Arthamart Regiment) received awards for honorable mention. Prolific translator and manga scholar Frederik L. Schodt will receive a special award for his contributions to the field of Japanese manga.
International Manga Award
Awards of Excellence
Huang Jia-Wei, Morvan
Running on Empty
An awards ceremony and reception will be held on December 4, and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada is scheduled to present the trophies to the awardees. Over the next ten days, the honorees will also meet with Japanese manga artists, publishers, and other figures in the Japanese manga field.
This year's judges were Machiko Satonaka (Lady Ann), Monkey Punch (Lupin III), Takao Yaguchi (Tsurikichi Sampei), Teruo Miyahara (former Weekly Shonen Magazine editor-in-chief), and Yoriaki Yakubo (former Weekly Shonen Sunday editor-in-chief). A total of 303 entries were submitted from 55 countries. 222 entries from 22 countries were submitted during the first year of the awards, and 368 entries from 46 countries were submitted during the second year.
Hono Kong's Lau Wan Kit won last year's top award for Feel 100%. Another Hong Kong artist, 43-year-old Lee Chi Ching, won the first International Manga Award in 2007 for his Sun Zi's Tactics comic series. Former Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Asō, a self-professed manga fan, announced the creation of the awards in May of 2007.
Source: Sports Hochi
Update: More background information added.
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