Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny Manga Wins Cartoonist Studio Prize

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Tekkonkinkreet creator's orphan story takes Best Graphic Novel award

The online magazine Slate Book Review and Vermont's Center for Cartoon Studies announced the winners of their second annual Cartoonist Studio Prize on Friday. Volumes 1 and 2 of Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny manga received the Best Graphic Novel prize. The award for Best Web Comic went to Emily Carroll's Out of Skin dark fairy tale.

Both winners were selected from a short list of 10 nominees in each category. Matsumoto and Carroll will each receive US$1,000.

Matsumoto's slice-of-life story focuses on children at Star Kids Home orphanage. An abandoned yellow car, Sunny, takes them anywhere they want to go. With Sunny, the children can escape their circumstances and go on imaginary adventures around the world and beyond.

Matsumoto launched Sunny in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 2010. Shogakukan released the fourth compiled book volume in October.

Viz Media is releasing the series in North America. The second volume shipped in November, and the third is slated to ship in April. Viz Media also published Matsumoto's Tekkonkinkreet (Black & White), Blue Spring, Gogo Monster, and No. 5 manga.

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