Belgian graphic novel wins 10th annual manga award

Published On January 17, 2017 | By Wim | Awards, Comics, Continental Correspondent

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At the presentation of the winners of the 10th annual Japan International MANGA Awards in Tokyo on December 28th (the end of year festivities made the news flow a little slower), the  Gold Prize was awarded to the Belgian graphic novel, Le Maître d’Armes by Joël Parnotte and Xavier Dorison (2015). This historical novel tells the tale of two protestants trying to smuggle a French Bible to Switzerland to have it printed and disseminated. They are prosecuted by a small band of catholic soldiers, who to their detriment discover that the eldest of the two is actually a retired master of arms…

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Among the other laureates we see Le Coeur de L’ombre (the Heart of Darkness) by the Italian team of Laura Iorio, Roberto Ricci and Marco Cosimo D’amico, Secrets of the Ninja by Akiko Shimojima and Sean Michael Wilson, and Patrycja Kicyla’s Dream about Japan (Poland).

The prestigious award is indeed an explicitly international affair, with previous Gold Prize winners includin Lau Wan Kit’s Feel 100% salaryman manhua, the Mongolian historical novel, Bumbardai by Nambaral Erdenebayar and The Divine by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka with artwork by Boaz Lavie. The winners are chosen by a jury of manga artists and publishers, with executive support by government officials and comics scholars like (including manga guru Frederick L. Schodt).

The awards will be handed out to the winners in a ceremony in Tokyo on February 6th.

(via Paul Gravett, with thanks)

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