New Creator Prize: Paru Itagaki, BEASTARS
Paru Itagaki already took home this year’s Manga Taisho award and the Japan Media Arts Festival’s “New Face” prize. The newcomer rose to fame with BEASTARS, a slice-of-life manga that takes place in a world of carnivores and herbivores.
If you’d like to get to know this new talent and see more great art, check out Itagaki’s Tumblr! The creator shares life updates, photos, and occasional sketches.
Special Prize: Tetsuya Chiba, Hinemosu-Notari-Nikki
If you’re a fan of classic manga, you’re probably already well aware of Tetsuya Chiba. The 79-year-old manga creator is the genius behind Ashita no Joe, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Hinemosu-Notari-Nikki was a hit among fans this year, and it’s Chiba’s first new release in 18 years.