The panel of judges for the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have announced their nominees for the best works in the comic book industry, by mangaka and scholar alike. Six manga altogether are up for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia, the category established in 2010 to take the place of 2007-09’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan:
Assassination Classroom vols. 2–7 by Yusei Matsui (published by VIZ Media)
A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
Master Keaton vols. 2–4 by Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katsushika, and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media)
Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima (Kodansha)
Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto (VIZ Media)
Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture and Community in Japan, edited by Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker, was nominated in the Best Academic/Scholarly Work category, and Oni’s giant monster jail spoof Kaijumax by Zander Cannon was put forward for Best New Series. Yen Press’ release of Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward was nominated in the Best Publications for Teens (aged 13-18) category, and as for Best Anthology, Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, including work by the likes of Yoshihiru Tatsumi, was named.
The results for all categories will be announced at the awards ceremony being held on July 22nd at Comic-Con International in San Diego. And the manga honours continue into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame, as the author of InuYasha and Ranma 1/2, Rumiko Takahashi, has been nominated amongst those vying for their place alongside Hayao Miyazaki and other distinguished artists who’ve been inducted since 1998.