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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Nominated for Angoulême's Top Prize

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Attack on Titan, Space Bros., Cesare, Goggles, Shinkaigyo manga also nominated

The 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, which will take place on January 30 to February 2 in France, announced on Monday that Katsuhiro Ōtomo (Akira, Steamboy, Short Peace) is one of three nominees for the event's top prize, the Grand Prix. Otomo is nominated alongside Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Watchmen creator Alan Moore.

The festival also revealed its 62 nominees for four categories: Best Comic, Best Youth Comic, Best Heritage Comic, and Best Crime Comic. Angoulême nominated the following manga in those categories:

Best Comic

L'Attaque des Titans (Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin)
Hajime Isayama

Fuyumi Soryo

Tetsuya Toyoda

Best Youth Comic

Space Brothers (Uchū Kyōdai)
Chūya Koyama

Best Heritage Comic

Poissons En Eaux Troubles (Shinkaigyo)
Susumu Katsumata

The festival launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from countries throughout the world. Manga creator Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump) won the Prix Spécial 40e anniversaire du Festival (Special 40th Anniversary Festival Award) at the festival last year. No manga titles won an award last year, but 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, in 2012.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

[Via Bleeding Cool]

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