The 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize winners have been announced, and for the first time…there was a tie! Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inner Chamber, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life. Yoshinaga’s science fiction examination of gender roles comes out from Viz in August; Tatsumi’s epic autobiography is out from D&Q any minute now.
Two other prizes were awarded. Hikaru Nakamura won the Short Work Prize for Saint Young Men and Suehiro Maruo won the New Artist Prize for Panorama Tōkitan. (One guesses that this is NOT the Suehiro Maruo who is already a well known horror/fetish artist?)