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July 27, 2011

Totally Missed It: Elmer Won 2011's Prix Asie-ACBD


This happened almost a month ago now, during this site's lengthy hiatus: Gerry Alanguilan's Elmer won this year's Prix Asie-ACBD, a critics' prize given out for the last five year's by the writers-about-comics group during the popular Japan Expo. That prize goes to a work from Asia translated into French that year. The edition of Alanguilan's story of sentient chickens was published by çà et là and translated by Sidonie van Den Dries.

That's an amazing thing given that Elmer's self-published status and word-of-mouth build early on, the kind of thing where individual comics stores were ordering the book directly from the author, building both an audience and further awareness. It's hard for me to think of a book that's traveled further. You can read Alanguilan's reaction and see the award he was given here.

This year's other nominees were Kamui Den, Sanpei Shirato (Kana); La Plaine du Kantô, Kazuo Kamimura (Kana); Le Voyage de Ryu, Shôtarô Ishinomori (Glénat); and Vinland Saga, Makoto Yukimura (Kurokawa).

Past winners include works by Keiji Nakazawa and Naoki Urasawa.

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