Elmer had been nominated for the Prix Asie-ACBD 2011, an award given to the Best Asian Comic Book published in France, along with other comic books such as Kamui Den by Sanpei Shirato, La Plaine du Kantô by Kazuo Kamimura, Le Voyage de Ryu by Shôtarô Ishinomori, and Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura, Kurokawa. Elmer won in an awards ceremony held last night in Paris.
I received an email from my publisher with the photo above and the following message:
“The award ceremony took place this evening at the Japan Expo which is a huge convention taking place near Paris and dedicated to everything related to Japanese and Asian entertainment (anime, manga, manwha, video games etc.)
There were awards for best anime, best feature film, best video games, best shojo manga, shonen manga etc.. And the award for the best asian comic book of the year, given by the ACBD which is the Association of Comic Book Journalists. This is the fifth year they are giving this award to the Best Asian Book of the Year, out of the 1500 (one thousand and five hundred, yes) or so Asian comic books published in a year in France.
Elmer won and the journalist which handed me the award praised about the book for a couple of minutes. You will find enclosed a picture of the award (you will see that I don’t have anymore French copies at home, so I’ve used your edition), I will send you the object itself next week.”
I was so ecstatic when I heard about it last night that I couldn’t sleep. I think I will celebrate today with a Zinger sandwich at KFC.