No Manga Win at 2017 Eisner Awards
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comic won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. The comic, originally published in Singapore, also received nominations for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design. The comic received more nominations this year than any other title. The comic also won the Best Writer/Artist and Best Publication Design awards.
The Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category had also featured nominations for five Japanese works, including Goodnight Punpun, Orange, The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, Princess Jellyfish, and Wandering Island.
This is the first time a manga hasn't won the Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia award since the award started in 2010. The award was previously titled Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan in 2007-2009. Before that, manga and other Asian localizations were bundled into the more general Best U.S. Edition of International Material award.
Viz Media's publication of Takeshi Obata's blanc et noir: Takeshi Obata illustrations art book received a nomination in the Best Comics-Related Book category. Michael Tisserand's Krazy: George Herriman, A Life In Black and White book won the award.
Manga creator Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, Inuyasha, RIN-NE) was again nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year, but did not win the award. She was also nominated last year but did not receive the award.
Drawn & Quarterly's release of Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan (Volume 4 of Showa: A History of Showa Japan) won the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category last year.
Source: The Beat (Kyle Pinion)