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Late "Father of Manga" Osamu Tezuka to be formally included into the prestigious Harvey Awards Hall of Fame

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Jei Beltrano

September 29, 2020 at 6:53 PM PHT (GMT +8)

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American entertainment news portal Polygon reported on Tuesday that the prestigious Harvey Awards will induct late Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) known as the "Father of Manga" together with American illustrator Jill Thompson (53), and all four founders of the coalition of African-American artists and writers Milestone Media into the Awards' Hall of Fame.

Late "Father of Manga" Osamu Tezuka to be formally included into the prestigious Harvey Awards Hall of Fame

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In Photo: Osamu Tezuka

Since 1988, the Harvey Awards became an avenue for the comic-industry as one the oldest award-giving body in recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and sequential art named after the multi-talented cartoonist, editor, and Mad Magazine's founder Harvey Kurtzman.

Tezuka, a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, and animator born in Osaka on November 3, 1928, was often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney who serves as a major inspiration to the illustration, animation and comic industry in Japan during the formative years. His most influential, successful, and well received manga series including Astro Boy, Princess Knight and Kimba the White Lion, and the adult oriented series Black Jack, Phoenix, and Buddha, all of which won several awards have become truly cultural icons in Japan earning him the titles "the Father of Manga", "the Godfather of Manga" and "the God of Manga".

The most significant of his works was Astro Boy, which became Japan's first half-hour animated series which showcased his pioneered animation techniques that gave rise to the earliest aesthetics and styles of television anime. His death due to stomach cancer on February 6, 1989 made immediate impact on the Japanese public and other cartoonists. A museum was constructed in Takarazuka dedicated to his memory and life works, and Tezuka received many posthumous awards.

The prestigious Harvey Awards will return for its annual celebration which will be digitally streamed during the New York Comic Con’s Metaverse from October 8 to 11. The Awards also revealed the nominations and opened the voting for the Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga, and Best International Book categories.

Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia won the award last year as "Best Manga".

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