Akira Toriyama Wins Anniversary Award at France's Angoulême
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Manga creator Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump) won the Prix Spécial 40e anniversaire du Festival (Special 40th Anniversary Festival Award) at France's Angoulême International Comics Festival on Sunday. Dutch comic creator Willem (Bernard Willem Holtrop) won the top award, the Grand Prix.
The festival launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from countries throughout the world, and it marked its 40th anniversary this year by adding a special award. For the anniversary award and other top awards, the judging committee had nominated 16 creators, including Toriyama, Katsuhiro Otomo, Jiro Taniguchi, and creators from Europe and North America.
Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae, Atsushi Kaneko's SOIL, and Kengo Hanazawa's I am a Hero were nominated for Best Comic, while Kanata Konami's Chi's Sweet Home was nominated for Best Youth Comic. Yukinobu Hoshino's 2001 Nights and George Akiyama's Anjin San were also nominated for the Best Heritage Comic award. No manga titles won an award this year, although Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story and Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life won the Prix Intergénérations (Intergenerational Award) and Prix Regards sur le monde (World Outlook Award), respectively, last year.