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Excellence Award


TANAKA Masashi

Manga published in book form, in magazine (Kodansha Wide KC Morning Comics) [Japan]



TANAKA Masashi


Born on 1962 in Shimane Prefecture. Graduated from the Osaka University of Arts in 1985. Published his first Manga while still at school. Won Grand Prize in the Kodansha Tetsuya Chiba Awards and moved to Tokyo that same year. Began drawing Gon in 1991. During the 1988 San Diego Comic Convention, won prizes for Best Humor Publication and Best U.S. Edition Of Foreign Material, at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. In the same year, also won the prize for Best French Edition Of Foreign Material at the Manga Festival in France.

( 1998 )

Award Reason

The artist intentionally removes all the "balloons" from this work, and in doing so, he brings his precisely drawn illustrations to life, to the point that one can almost feel him breathing in the details. Though ostensibly about animals, the story does not attempt to depict their lives with any sort of scientific accuracy, and that is precisely what gives the artist the freedom to let his imagination run wild. This is a work that will delight everyone who reads it.

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