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The First-Ever American Manga Awards Comes to NYC, Here’s What to Expect

Calling all manga fans! It’s almost time to celebrate the first American Manga Awards!  This first-ever event in the US will honor the best in manga creation, translation, and publication for the North American market.

Presented by LeftField Media, the creators and organizers of Anime NYC and co-organized by the Japan Society, this special event will recognize the incredible impact manga has had on readers across the US and Canada. The awards will spotlight not only the creators but also the professionals behind the scenes who make it possible for fans to enjoy these works in English.

August 22nd, 2024 will be a night to remember. Hosted by acclaimed manga translator Matt Alt, the awards will acknowledge eight distinct categories, shining a spotlight on both established and up-and-coming talent. 

Let’s delve into what makes these awards so exciting!

American Manga Awards Categories and Honors

The American Manga Awards will feature eight categories, each designed to acknowledge different aspects of manga production:

  • Mangaka Hall of Fame
  • Manga Publishing Hall of Fame
  • Best New Manga
  • Best Continuing Manga Series
  • Best New Edition of Classic Manga
  • Best Translation
  • Best Lettering
  • Best Publication Design

To kick off the American Manga Awards, Frederik L. Schodt, a pioneer in bringing manga to the West, has been named the first inaugural induction to the Manga Publishing Hall of Fame. Schodt is known for his translated works by legendary artists like Osamu Tezuka and Riyoko Ikeda, and won numerous awards for his contributions to promote Japanese popular culture in North America.

Judging and Nomination Process

The award winners will be selected by a committee of manga experts, including journalists, librarians, and reviewers (and even a familiar face around Otaku USA!)

Who’s Who: The Manga Awards Judges

A Celebration for the Manga Community

The American Manga Awards are more than just a ceremony. They represent a significant step forward in recognizing the immense value and artistry of manga in the North American market. 

The future of this beloved art form in North America looks brighter than ever.

Brianna Fox-Priest

Brianna Fox-Priest is a freelance journalist based in Tokyo. Covering video games and Japanese pop culture, her work can be seen in Otaku USA, Anime USA, Jotaku Network, and Sprudge.