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Anime NYC & Japan Society Announce First Ever ‘American Manga Awards’




Anime NYC and Japan Society have joined forces to to launch the American Manga Awards, the first-ever award program dedicated to honoring manga creators, stories, and the publishing professionals who bring them to readers in US & Canada.

The award ceremony will take place on Aug 22, 2024, at Japan Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium in Midtown Manhattan, the night before Anime NYC kicks off.

The invitation-only event will be hosted by author and translator Matt Alt and will recognize achievements in eight categories:

  • Mangaka Hall of Fame
  • Manga Publishing Hall of Fame
  • Best New Manga
  • Best Continuing Manga Series
  • Best New Edition of Classic Manga
  • Best Translation
  • Best Lettering
  • Best Publication Design

To be eligible for submission, manga must be published in English (print or ebook) between Aug 1, 2023, and July 30, 2024.

Other submission guidelines include:

  • Best New Manga must have first volume published (print or digital) within these eligibility dates
  • Best Continuing Manga Series must have at least one volume published (print or digital) within the eligibility dates
  • Best New Edition of Classic Manga must be a new English edition of manga (one-shot story or multi-volume series) that was originally published in Japan at least 20 years ago (for 2024, the cutoff date is December 31, 2004)

Publishers are allowed to submit up to three titles per category.

More information on the submission guidelines can be read here.

A panel of industry experts will select the nominees for the inaugural American Manga Awards.

The Best Translation nominees will be chosen by translators and authors Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda. Comic letterers Tom Orzechowski and Nate Piekos will select the Best Lettering nominees. Kinokuniya Bookstores East Coast Regional Manager Shiegkazu Watanabe and publication designer Sasha Head will decide the Best Publication Design nominees.

A committee consisting of Brigid Alverson (ICv2, School Library Journal), Shaenon Garrity (Otaku USA, Publishers Weekly), Minovsky, Renee Scott (Senior Librarian at the New York Public Library), and Lynzee Loveridge (ANN) will select nominees for Best New Manga, Best Continuing Manga, and Best New Edition of Classic Manga.

Source: Anime NYC

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