It’s the year of Rumiko Takahashi! She is the FIRST female mangaka to be inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame!
Let’s briefly start with what the Eisner Hall of Fame is, from the Comic-Con International website:
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and pioneer of the graphic novels), the Awards are given out in more than two-dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year.
Big deal? It’s a big deal. More at the Comic Con International website. She joins Osamu Tezuka (2002 inductee), Goseki Kojima (2004 inductee), Kazuo Koike (2004 inductee) and Katsushiro Otomo (2012 inductee).
Rumiko Takahashi’s works include:
- Urusei Yatsura – 34 volumes
- Maison Ikkoku – 15 volumes
- Mermaid Saga – 3 volumes
- Ranma 1/2 – 38 volumes
- One-Pound Gospel – 4 volumes
- Rumic Theater (Short story anthologies)
- Rumic World (Short story anthologies)
- Inuyasha – 56 volumes
- Rin-Ne – 40 volumes
She had been nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame previously in years 2014, 1016, and 2017. Ms. Takahashi won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura and in 2001 for Inuyasha, both in the Shonen category.
Congratulations to Rumiko Takahashi!