Hayao Miyazaki and Rumiko Takahashi Candidates for Induction Into Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame

Comic professional vote four inductees from field of 14 nominees

Comic-Con International has announced that Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaa) and Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha, Ranma 1/2) join Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson as nominees to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2014.

 

The 14 were selected by a panel of judges that included comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).

 

Online voting to select the four inductees is now open. To vote, you must be a professional working in the comics or related industries as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), a publisher or editor, a retailer (comics store owner or manager), a graphic novels librarian, or a comics historian/educator. Eligible voters can visit www.eisnervote.com to register and then select up to four picks in the Hall of Fame category. The deadline for voting is March 31.


The Eisner Awards, North America's most prestigious recognition for comics, will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 25 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.


The Eisners offer these bios for Miyazaki and Takahashi


Hayao Miyazaki (1941– ) 

Although best known as Japan’s premier anime filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki is also celebrated as a manga artist worldwide. His first published work was an interpretation of Puss in Boots, serialized in Tokyo Shimbun in 1969. His major project, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, was published intermittently from 1981 to 1994 and has been collected in multiple book volumes as well as being made into an animated feature. Other manga works include The Journey of Shuna, Hikōtei Jidai, and Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises).


Rumiko Takahashi (1957­– ) 

Popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is said to be the best-selling female comics artist in history, with hundreds of millions of her books sold around the world. Takahashi's first published work was the one-shot Katte na Yatsura in 1978. Later that year her first major work began being serialized, Urusei Yatsura. She went on to create such classic works as Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, InuYasha, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Saga, and Rumic Theater. Several of her works have been animated. 


via @CBR


 

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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.


Hiyao Miyazaki (1941– )

Although best known as Japan’s premier anime filmmaker, Hiyao Miyazaki is also celebrated as a manga artist worldwide. His first published work was an interpretation of Puss in Boots, serialized in Tokyo Shimbun in 1969. His major project, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, was published intermittently from 1981 to 1994 and has been collected in multiple book volumes as well as being made into an animated feature. Other manga works include The Journey of Shuna, Hikōtei Jidai, and Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises).

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