International MANGA Award
Second International MANGA Award
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First International MANGA Award
On the occasion of creating International Manga Award
July 2, 2007
Minister for Foreign Affairs
© TERUHISA TAJIMA, GENTOSHA
An Award is born; an award hitherto nonexistent. The International Manga Award with its Manga-like trophy now have eternal life as icons that young and ambitious Manga creators throughout the world can aspire.
To the girls in Copenhagen, Denmark, who have grown up together with Tamagotchi, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon, to the Chinese boys who could not have lived a day without Saint Seiya, and to Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti, and all the boys who have penned likenesses of Captain Tsubasa, I want all of you to know that you must aim high if you want to become a Manga artist, as you now have a trophy within your reach.
It will go only to the best among the most creative Manga minds. Competition is rigorous. The reward is priceless.
Winners' names will be forever engraved in the towering academy of Manga.
Manga is about love. Manga is about friendship. Manga is about growing-up. Manga is about everything-it knows absolutely no boundaries. Manga, in a word, is the most universal unifier of the hearts and minds that are young or young at heart.
So my hearty congratulations go out to the first award-winners.
The International MANGA Award (best work)
Name of Artist: Lee Chi Ching (China (Hong Kong))
Name of Work: Sun Zi's Tactics
"Shorei" Award (three excellent runners-up)
Name of Artist: KAI (China (Hong Kong))
Name of Work: 1520
Name of Artist: Benny Wong Thong Hou (Malaysia)
Name of Work: Le Gardenie
Name of Artist: Madeleine Rosca (Australia)
Name of Work: Hollow Fields
- First International MANGA Award (June 2007)
- Establishment of the International MANGA Award (May 2007)
- About the Trophy
Collection of the writing by those who attended the award presentation ceremony
Award presentation ceremony
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso with Mr. Lee Chi Ching
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