Nominations for Eisner Awards Include Six Manga Titles

Nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2013 have been announced, and six manga titles are up for two different awards. Five of these manga titles are nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia, and Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King Vol. 2 (Dark Horse) has been nominated for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art).

The Monkey King is based on the classic 16th century Chinese fantasy adventure Journey to the West. Terada’s take on the Monkey King legend is a barbaric and beautiful tale, which The Portland Tribune called “a Buddhist version of Conan the Barbarian.”








Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia:

Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka (Digital Manga)

A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu and P. Ôtié (Self Made Hero)

Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz Media)

Nonnonba, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Thermae Romae, by Mari Yamazaki (Yen Press/Hachette)

Voting is held online, and ballots will soon be open on the website. The voting is open to all comic book industry professionals. Voting will close at midnight on 12 June, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 July at Comic-Con International. A full list of nominations is available here.

Discotek Licenses GTO and Thermae Romae Anime

Discotek Media, the North American video distributor, has announced that it will be licensing the anime series GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) and the recently aired short series Thermae Romae; both releases have been slated for 2013.

GTO is a comedy series about Eikichi Onizuka, an ex-gang leader and biker, who has abandoned is past to become the greatest teacher. He attains a job at a prestigious private school and is left to handle the school’s problem class, after the last few teachers quit. The anime is inspired by Tohru Fujisawa’s GTO manga series.

Thermae Romae follows Lucius, a Roman bathhouse architect from the ancient era. After he loses his job, Lucius goes to a bathhouse to relax only to find himself transported to modern-day Japan. The series is based on Mari Yamazaki’s Thermae Romae manga, and the flash-animated three-episode anime was aired on Fuji TV’s late-night block in January.

Discotek has also revealed it will be releasing Lupin the 3rd: Mystery of Mamo and Mad Bull 34 on 26 February 2013.