Manga Eisner straw poll

Just out of curiosity, I thought I’d test the waters and see what you all thought about the race for this year’s Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan. Comics professionals can cast their official vote through June 15, but I’m nosy and impatient. I’ll check back in on June 16 to see which title “won.”

You may notice that I didn’t put in an “Other” option, not that I don’t want to hear what titles you think were neglected (as I’ve contributed to such discussions myself), but because people viewing the poll results can’t see voters’ write-in nominations. So hopefully you’ll cast your vote in the actual ballot and, if you aren’t satisfied with the choices, post a comment naming the book you’d vote for in a perfect world.

I’ll post my pick after the jump. It’s like how you can’t have campaign signs within a certain distance of a polling place.

Dororo1From the official selections, I’m going to let sentiment win the day and cast my vote for Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo (Vertical). I’ll just repeat what I said over at The Comics Reporter:

“Between the premise and the moody undertones, it feels like I could have read dozens of volumes of Dororo without becoming bored. That I won’t get the chance probably plays a significant part in the book being so fixed in my thinking. The rushed conclusion has a melancholy beyond its basic narrative elements, which isn’t unusual for Tezuka, but the speculation on what could have followed and how the story could have unfurled give that melancholy an extra layer.”

Diary_coverF.inddIt’s a tough call, and I still might have voted for Dororo even if my alternate had been nominated, but I would have loved the chance to decide between it and Hideo Azuma’s Disappearance Diary (Fanfare/Ponent Mon). Again, I’ll be lazy and quote myself:

“For as much of a prig as I can be about the behavior and morality of fictional characters, I found myself unexpectedly complicit with the Azuma portrayed in Disappearance Diary. I certainly can’t support the choices that yielded these experiences, but I got quite a bit of reading pleasure out of watching Azuma chronicle them. Perhaps he viewed his failures as such a given that it would have been redundant to dwell on them. Perhaps he really isn’t contrite in the least.”

9 Responses to Manga Eisner straw poll

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  2. John Jakala says:

    I voted for Cat Eyed Boy. Viz did an excellent job on the production of this two-volume set, and I loved the anarchic fun of the stories. If I could add one other book to the ballot, it would be Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, as Dark Horse always does an exceptional job on this series, from the textured coverstock to the copious endnotes. And it’s an excellent series to boot!

  3. gia says:

    It’s a tough one– I really love both Dororo and Monster. In the end I voted Dororo. Then I regretted it. Then I didn’t. Then I did. I’m still flipping back and forth. They’re both awesome.

    Don’t ask me how I’m going to decide between Pluto, 20th Century Boys, and Black Jack next year. Oogh…

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    And there will be new Jiro Taniguchi by then, Gia. This could get ugly.

  5. Chloe says:

    Ugh, rock and a hard place! My gut says Dororo but I’d love to see FPM get some love on the awards circuit.

  6. davidpwelsh says:

    John: Excellent points on both books. I’d also just like to see Kurosagi get some wider attention, and the Eisners seem like a natural habitat.

    Chloe: Ditto on the F/PM love.

  7. Eva says:

    All of the volumes that came out in 2007 were setup for the volumes of Nana that came out in 2008. If I could insist that at least one title that was intentionally written for women be included on the list, that’s the one I’d pick for this year’s ballot.

  8. davidpwelsh says:

    Unimpeachable reasoning, Eva. I was going to counter with Sand Chronicles, but I’d much rather see that in the teens/’tweens category.

  9. Whew, tough choice. I went with Monster, but I really loved Solanin. I think it was the accumulation of all those volumes of Monster coming to a crashing conclusion; it was one of my best recent comics-reading experiences. And Dororo is great too, but it comes in third. And I haven’t read the other two, but I do really want to get Cat Eyed Boy, since I really dig Umezu. Manga!

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