Japanese "Gaiman" Awards Pick Favorite Foreign Comics

Readers pick the best comics translated into Japanese in 2012

Many Japanese people think that foreign comics are simpler than Japanese manga, but Ame-comi (American comics) and "bande dessinee" (comics produced for French and Belgian readers) have their fans and advocates. To recognize and promote non-native comics translated for Japanese audiences, a Gaiman Award polled readers to find the best of 2012. 


1. Obscure Citieswritten by Benoit Peeters and illustrated by Francois Schuiten

2. Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson

3. Muchacho by Emmanuel Lepage

4. We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

5. Euros manga vol.7 by Moebius / Alejandro Jodorowsky / Romain Hugault Arthur de Pins


6. (tie) The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore


6. (tie) Darth Vader and Luke by Jeffrey Brown

6. (tie) Metabarons by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Juan Giménez

9. (tie) Flashpoint by Jeff Jones and Andy Kubert


9. (tie) 3 Seconds by Marc-Antoine Mathieu


9. (tie) Monster by Enki Bilal


9. (tie) Habibi by Craig Thompson


13. (tie) Salvator by Nicolas de Crecy


13. (tie) The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein


15. (tie) Frank by Jim Woodring


15. (tie) the World's Great Superheroes by Paul Dini  and Alex Ross


A bit indicative of the level of interest, 66 titles were in the running for the top spot this year, and 179 votes were cast. Award organizers hope to expand this in coming years.

via The Asahi Shimbun

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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