Many consider the Eisner Award as the most important award in the comic book industry. The awards encompass all styles, from Western comic books to Japanese manga. The Awards include the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award, and usually, a manga from Japan wins this award. However, this year, a Singaporean comic actually defeated its manga rivals to take home the Eisner Award. That comic? Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye of course! The comic also won the Best Writer/Artist and Best Publication Design awards.
Much like the Oscars, Eisner winners usually get the award attached to their name whenever credited. This means that we get to call Sonny Liew as “Eisner Award Winner, Sonny Liew”.
To win the prize, he beat out Goodnight Punpun, Orange, The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, Princess Jellyfish, and Wandering Island. This also marks the first time that a Japanese manga didn’t win the award, and the first time that no manga received an Eisner Award for a long while.
Meanwhile, the committee also nominated Ranma 1/2 and InuYasha mangaka, Rumiko Takahashi, into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. However, she didn’t get the final nod to enter the Hall of Fame.
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Source: Comics Beat