The winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced on Friday (July 22nd) at the official ceremony during San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Competing against Yusei Matsui’s Assassination Classroom, Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice and other manga, Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa, 1953-1989: A History of Japan won in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia category. Last year, after his sequential Showa history’s 1939-1944 and 1944-1953 collections won in the same category, Mizuki passed away in November at the age of 93, and we honoured his wisdom with an anime take on his Seven Rules for Happiness.
Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, including work by the likes of Yoshihiru Tatsumi, won in the Best Anthology category, chalking up another win for manga artists. But InuYasha and Ranma 1/2 author Rumiko Takahashi, who was nominated for a Voters’ Choice place in the Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame, lost out to Lynda Barry, Rube Goldberg, Matt Groening and Jacques Tardi.