On her blog, Becky Cloonan (East Coast Rising, American Virgin) reveals she was one of 18 finalists for Japan’s International Manga Award — the “Nobel Prize of Manga” — which honors creators living abroad whose work helps to spread the artform worldwide:
Out of 146 entries from 26 countries, I was selected as one of 18 finalists! I didn’t win the award, but yesterday I went to meet with them and was presented with a certificate of recognition and nomination by the Ambassador and members of the CGP and The Japan Foundation. What a complete honor! And very surreal, to be recognized for my comics by the government of Japan.
The winner and three runners-up were announced in June. Congratulations, Becky!