As in recent years, the award put most of their manga candidates in Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, North American comics' equivalent of the Oscars, have announced their 2016 nominees. As in recent years, the awards, first given in 1988, have put most of their manga candidates in Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category (established in 2010). Before that there was a Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan from 2007-2009 and before that, manga competed for Best U.S. Edition of International Material, with Masashi Tanaka's Gon winning the category's first prize).
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
- Assassination Classroom, vols. 2–7, by Yusei Matsui (VIZ)
- A Bride’s Story, by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
- Master Keaton, vols. 2–4, by Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katsushika, and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ)
- Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
- A Silent Voice, by Yoshitoki Oima (Kodansha)
- Sunny, by Taiyo Matsumoto (VIZ)
Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan, edited by Mark McLelland et al. (University Press of Mississippi) was nominated for Best Academic/Scholarly Work.
Kaijumax, by Zander Cannon (Oni), a prison meets Japanese monster spoof, was nominated for Best New Series.
Comic-Con International previously announced that Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha, Ranma 1/2) has been named among the nominees to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2016.Takahashi was previously nominated in 2014 along with Hayao Miyazaki, who was ultimately selected by voters.
Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot is available at www.eisnervote.com.
All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting is June 17. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con International.