The Eisner Awards are considered the “Oscar of the Comic Book Industry,” and receiving one is considered the highest honor for any comic book artist, and one Japanese manga legend may be getting one this year, as renowned mangaka, Rumiko Takahashi, has been nominated for the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.
Takahashi is best known for her work on classic mangas, which include Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, InuYasha, and Maison Ikkoku. Her latest serialized work, Rin-Ne, is slated to get its second anime adaptation this year, and her works are know the world over.
However, she is nominated with 13 others to join the Hall of Fame. The nominees, including Takahashi, are: Lynda Barry, Kim Deitch, Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, Jack Kamen, Francoise Mouly, George Perez, Antonio Prohias, P. Craig Russell, Rumiko Takahashi, Jacques Tardi, and Herb Trimpe. Carl Burgos and Tove Jansson are going to be automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame, while 14 nominees will have to undergo a voting period, where industry professionals will vote for which comic legends deserve to be inducted this year. Only FOUR will be chosen, and the winners will be revealed during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2016.
This won’t be Takahashi’s first nomination, as she was nominated to join the Hall of Fame back in 2014. If she wins, she will join comic book giants like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Batman creator, Bob Kane, and Japanese manga trail blazer, Osamu Tezuka.
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Ranma 1/2, InuYasha mangaka, Rumiko Takahashi, nominated for Eisner Awards Hall of Fame