HONORING THE WORLD'S MANGA ARTISTS
First International Manga Awards Presented
(August 9, 2007)
Manga is now a global phenomenon that stands alongside anime as a contemporary art form born in Japan and then exported around the globe. The International MANGA Award was established to further promote manga worldwide and to reward outstanding works produced by manga creators from outside Japan. The first holding of this event attracted a large number of works from a range of countries, confirming the widespread influence of this genre.
From Japan to the World
The judges of the award included famous manga artists, such as Satonaka Machiko, creator of Tenjo no Niji (Rainbow in the Sky); Yanase Takashi, creator of the Anpanman manga and anime series; and Chiba Tetsuya, who authored Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow's Joe). This gave the award added weight and ensured that the winners could be truly proud of their achievements.
Hong Kong Artist Wins Inaugural Award
Three runners-up from Malaysia, Australia, and Hong Kong were honored with the "Shorei" Award for excellence. The winners were invited to Japan to receive their awards, which consisted of trophies modeled on the speech bubbles found in manga.
The award winners visited Japan for a 10-day itinerary that included visits to Akihabara, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, as well as interaction with Japanese manga creators. They reported being especially inspired by their contact with fellow artists, which gave them a chance to discuss work styles, drafting techniques, and drawing styles with people engaged in the same profession.
A Foreign Ministry official expressed satisfaction with the inaugural event, saying, "We received a lot of entries even though the application period was short, which testifies to the influence of manga and the passion that it arouses in people. We are keen to hold the event every year."
The works submitted for the award showed that an art form born in Japan is evolving in different directions in different countries, reflecting each country's culture. As manga spreads further, the International MANGA Award will provide opportunities for the growing number of manga artists worldwide.
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