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My Hero Academia Wins Best Manga at Harvey Awards

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Radiant was nominated for Best European Book, but loses to Waves

The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, awarded Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga with the Best Manga award at New York Comic Con on Friday.

The manga competed against Junji Ito's Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, ONE's Mob Psycho 100, Yuhki Kamatani's Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, Junji Ito's Smashed, and Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier manga.

Viz Media publishes My Hero Academia digitally and in print, and Caleb Cook translates the manga.

Tony Valente's Radiant comic was also nominated for Best European Book, but Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel's Waves book won the award. Viz Media publishes the comic in English. The comic has inspired two television anime series. Additionally, the Alita: Battle Angel film was nominated for the Best Adaptation From a Comic or Graphic Novel award, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the award.

Last year was the first year the Harvey Awards included a Best Manga category. Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga won the award last year.

In previous years, manga were nominated alongside other comics in the "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" category. The last manga to win the category was Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan in 2014. One-Punch Man and Showa: A History of Japan (1953-1989) were nominated in 2016 but did not win. "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" is no longer a category.

Unlike the Eisner Awards and other awards in the North American comic book industry, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves.

Sources: The Harvey Awards' Twitter account, The Beat (Samantha Puc)


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