Sean’s AX book nominated for a Harvey

Good things from me on another front –  I woke up to an excellent piece of news this morning: our AX book has been nominated for a HARVEY AWARD!

BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL –
AX: ALTERNATE MANGA, edited by Sean Michael Wilson and Mitsuhiro Asakawa, Top Shelf

“The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories…They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.”

So, its very pleasing for us all that AX has been selected by comic book professionals, hopefully recognising the significant step forward it is in showing the work of individual, mature, experimental style manga artists from Japan. Past winners in this category include Lone Wolf and cub, Moebius, Akira and Persepolis – good company to be in!

Any comic book professionals who feel like voting for our AX book for the final winner can do so on the Harvey website below http://www.harveyawards.org/

Ta, Sean

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About the Author

Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
SEAN MICHAEL WILSON is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives and works in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published so far, from a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. Although also writing 'western' style graphic novels, such as adaptations of classical novels, he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga style books. He is the editor of the influential collection 'Ax: alternative manga' (Top Shelf). Currently he is writing books for Kodansha International, being the only British comic book writer working with them. He has attempted to do comic books that are different from the normal superhero/fantasy brands, working with a variety of 'non-comic book' organisations in the process. His book with War on Want, 'Iraq:Operation Corporate Takeover' was reported on by a variety of mainstream agencies - such as Reuters, CCTV in China and several Middle Eastern magazines. His main influences remain British and American creators - such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. 'The Story of Lee' is his second published book working with artist Chie Kutsuwada, the first being 'Hagakure' (Kodansha International).

CHIE KUTSUWADA was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, she now lives and works in London as a manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around the UK, such as at British Libraries and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She usually creates story and illustration on her own like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga, but also works with story writers, such as on the adaptation of 'As You Like It' (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and the Japanese classic tale 'Hagakure' by T. Yamamoto (adapted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha International, Tokyo).

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