New York Comic Con occurred last weekend, and that means the winners of the Harvey Awards were unveiled! This year’s winner for Best Manga is Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto. If hearing that gives you a sense of déjà vu, that might be because Chainsaw Man won the same category in 2022 and 2021!
Here are the other nominations for the category: Cat + Gamer by Wataru Nadatani (published by Dark Horse); Goodbye, Eri by Tatsuki Fujimoto (him again!) (Published by VIZ Media); SPY x FAMILY by Tatsuya Endo (published by VIZ Media); and Shuna’s Journey by Hayao Miyazaki (published by First Second).
VIZ Media gave this description for Chainsaw Man:
Denji’s a poor young man who’ll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil Pochita. He’s a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he’s betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji’s become a whole new man—Chainsaw Man!
The Harvey Awards debuted the Best Manga category back in 2018. The Awards gave this description for themselves:
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards. Recognizing outstanding achievement in multiple categories, the Harvey’s have been a fixture of the comic industry since 1988. This year, the Harvey Awards returns to New York Comic Con – the largest pop culture gathering in the United States.
Spotlighting comic books, graphic novels, manga and more, the Harvey’s are industry awards selected by a full body of comic and publishing professionals.
The Harvey Awards are an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the best & brightest, helping new readers, current fans, booksellers, retailers and librarians distinguish the best comics of the year as voted on by their peers. This year’s nominees will be selected by a handpicked contingent of industry voices and voted on by qualifying professionals.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.