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Grand Prize

Efushi teki Nichijo
(A Day in the Life of Mr. F)

FUKUYAMA Yoji

[Japan]

© Yoji Fukuyama/KAWADE SHOBO SHINSHA, Publishers

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FUKUYAMA Yoji

Japan

Born in 1950. Fukuyama debuted with Naya no Hito in the magazine Weekly Manga Action. His other manga include Shinigami Kokan Itashimasu ("Grim Reaper Swap"), B-flat no Sonata, Yoru wa Sanposha ("Night Walker"), Mademoiselle Mozart, Don Giovanni, Gamra-Khan, 17, and Uroshima Monogatari ("The Story of Uroshima"). Mademoiselle Mozart was made into a stage musical by Ongakuza in 1991 and won the Yomiuri Drama Awards Excellence Prize in 1997.

( 2001 )

Award Reason

Taro Okamoto's father Ippei was a greatly popular cartoonist of the Taisho (1912-1926) and early Showa (1926-1989) eras who created both panel cartoons and comics. "Mr. F" is an outstanding panel cartoon series from Yoji Fukuyama, another cartoonist in the same tradition one that unfortunately has become somewhat dated in modern day Japan. Mr. F makes use of short comics and panel cartoons to present thought-provoking, sharp satiric commentary on the complexities and bizarreness of contemporary society. It brilliantly supplies what today's comics lack.

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