Junji Ito, the master of horror manga, has another award to add to his shelf: Comic-Con International’s Inkpot, which is awarded to “individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.”
Other manga-ka winners of the award include Rumiko Takahashi, Naoko Takeuchi, Satoshi Yamamoto and Tite Kubo.
Ito was on hand at the con to receive the award and to attend multiple panels and Q&As about his work.
The most recent addition to the English-translated world of Ito works is Soichi, which came out this week from Viz Media. Here’s how they describe it:
Soichi, the unhinged second son of the Tsujii family, chews nails and makes them clatter and clack as he spouts horrific curses to bring about the most bizarre happenings. Whether it’s summer holidays or a birthday party, Soichi can turn any occasion into a nightmare in a heartbeat. What is the terrible secret of his origin? Meanwhile, tormented by his little brother’s never-ending pranks, older brother Koichi has a soundproof room built. But why does it have a series of four doors? And then there’s the strange phenomenon surrounding the handmade casket their grandfather left behind. What on earth—or hell—has the family seen there?