Cats of the Louvre, Witch Hat Atelier and The Way of the Househusband all won at this year’s Eisner Awards yesterday.
The award for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia” was shared between Taiyo Matsumoto’s Cats of the Louvre and Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier following an online vote. They defeated BEASTARS, The Poe Clan, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Magic Knight Rayearth, and the Korean manhwa Grass to win the prize.
Meanwhile first volume of The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono won the award for “Best Humor Publication”.
Elsewhere, the Japanese-American comic artist Stan Sakai, best known as the creator of the furry period comic Usagi Yojimbo, won two awards, “Best Lettering” and “Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books”. Sakai is also going to be accepted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. He was one of 14 nominees, with Moto Hagio (The Poe Clan) and Keiji Nakazawa (Barefoot Gen) also considered, but rejected. Sakai joins manga creators Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (Lone Wolf and Cub), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½) in the Hall of Fame.