The 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize winners have been announced, and for the first time…there was a tie! Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inner Chamber, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life. Yoshinaga’s science fiction examination of gender roles comes out from Viz in August; Tatsumi’s epic autobiography is out from D&Q any minute now.

Two other prizes were awarded. Hikaru Nakamura won the Short Work Prize for Saint Young Men and Suehiro Maruo won the New Artist Prize for Panorama Tōkitan. (One guesses that this is NOT the Suehiro Maruo who is already a well known horror/fetish artist?)


  1. A Drifting Life has been in finer comic stores here in the U.S. for at least a month. Another great manga (actually manhwa, as it’s from Korea) that was released here in the U.S. two weeks ago is The Color of Earth, from First Second. It’s a great coming of age / first romance / mother & daughter relationship story with beautiful art.

  2. Yes, it IS that Suehiro Maruo.
    This book is his 300+ page adaptation of the Edogawa Rampo novella of the same name (from the 1930s).

    I’m scratching my head how he counts as a “new artist” as well, but it is definitely that man :)