ANIME NEWS: Voting kicks off for Gaiman Award

October 10, 2013

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Voting is now open to decide the best translated foreign comic book published in Japan in 2012-2013 for the second Gaiman Award.

Voting via the official website is open until Nov. 17.

With the word "Gaiman" referring to comics created outside Japan and translated into Japanese, the award is aimed at introducing U.S. comics, "bande dessinee" (BD) comics produced for French and Belgian readers, and comics from Asia and other countries and areas to Japanese readers.

Foreign comics published in Japan from Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30 of this year are up for the award.

"Obscure Cities," written by Benoit Peeters and illustrated by Francois Schuiten, scored the top spot last year. The BD comic also won the Grand Prize award in the Manga Division at the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Japan Media Arts Festival in 2012.

The Gaiman Award's purpose is not to determine which comics are better but to encourage Japanese readers to recommend what they think are good to each other.

In 2013, 82 titles are nominated for the award, an increase of 16 from last year's 66.

Of them, 53 are U.S. comics and 15 are BD comics. But comics from Asia and other regions remain at 14.

The nominated works include "New Avengers: Civil War" from the United States, BD comic "The Eyes of the Cat," "Goliath" from Britain and "Now" from South Korea.

The second edition is jointly hosted by the Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto Seika University's International Manga Research Center, Meiji University's Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture and the Kita-Kyushu Manga Museum.

For more information, the Gaiman Award's official website at (http://gaiman.jp/index.html).

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Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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The Japanese version of "Obscure Cities" (Provided by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions)

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