Katsuhiro Otomo was awarded with the the 'Grand prix du Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême'. This is one of the most prestigious international comics convention that takes place every year in the city of Angoulême in France. The other finalist were Hermann, Alan Moore. Otomo, who was also nominated last year is the first Japanese and the fifth non european artist that receives this award.
Katsuhiro Otomo's message:
Hello, I'm Otomo. I want to thank you, profoundly, for this extraordinary price. For me, the bande desinée universe has opened my eyes. My work has been strongly influenced. To receive a price from France, from Angouleme, it's still hard to believe. Lately I don't draw as much so I'm even more surprised to receive this price. I'm truly thankful. This price serves as a motivation and I intend to get to work. Again, a big thank you.
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