"20th Century Boys" Manga Wins Eisner Award

After a year break, Naoki Urasawa's suspense series win second "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia"

After previously winning in 2011, Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys has been honored with this year's award for "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" in North American comic industry's prestigious Eisner Awards, announced in a ceremony during San Diego Comic Con.

 

The series, released in North America by Viz, follows Kenji Endo, who abandoned his rock n' roll dreams to run the family liquor store, which he converted to a franchise convenience store and take care of his sister's abandoned daughter, only to find himself drawn into a mystery in which the games he played as a boy are apparently being used to try to take over the world. 

 

Other nominees for the category included

 

Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka (Digital Manga)

A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu and P. Ôtié (Self Made Hero)

 

Nonnonba, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Thermae Romae, by Mari Yamazaki (Yen Press/Hachette)

The Dark Horse release of Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King vol. 2 was nominated for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art), but lost to that publisher's release of Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad, which also won for Best U.S. Edition of International Material.

 

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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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