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Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Angoulême's Top Prize

posted on by Karen Ressler
Otomo is 1st Japanese artist to win award

The 42nd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival awarded Katsuhiro Ōtomo (Akira, Steamboy, Short Peace) awarded the Grand Prix award for lifetime achievement. Otomo is the first Japanese manga artist to win the award.

The other nominees for the award were Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and Belgian comic artist Hermann (Jeremiah)

Katsuhiro Ōtomo (Akira, Steamboy, Short Peace) was one of three nominees for the event's top prize, the Grand Prix, last year but the Calvin & Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson ultimately won the award.

The festival's comic nominees include Mitsuru Nishimura and Takurō Kajikawa's A Chef of Nobunaga (Le Chef de Nobunaga), Suehiro Maruo's Binzume no Jigoku (Inferno in Bottles/L'Enfer en Boutille), and Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny for Best Comic; Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) for best Youth Comic; Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock (Capitain Albator) and Tarō Bonten's Sex & Fury for Best Heritage Comic; and Atsushi Kaneko's Wet Moon for best Crime Comic.

The festival launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from countries throughout the world. This year the festival opened on Thursday, just weeks after 17 people, including five Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, were killed in terrorist attacks in France. The five cartoonists were awarded a special posthumous Grand Prix award.

The festival's website began streaming a video thank-you message from Otomo, subtitled in French.

Source: Daily Mail, video via Catsuka

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