The Harvey Awards, which celebrate great work in comics and drawings that tell a story, recently announced the winners at this year’s awards during New York Comic Con. Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto won the Best Manga award.
Chainsaw Man was up against some tough competition, including Cat + Gamer by Wataru Nadatani (published by Dark Horse), Goodbye, Eri by Tatsuki Fujimoto (published by Viz Media), Shuna’s Journey by Hayao Miyazaki (published by First Second), and SPY x FAMILY by Tatsuya Endō (published by Viz Media).
Apple TV+ also got a nod for their new TV show called Drops of God. It’s based on a manga called The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) by Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto. It was nominated for Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, but the award went to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Chainsaw Man and SPY x FAMILY have been nominated for the Harvey Awards three years in a row now. Chainsaw Man took home the award for Best Manga for the past two years.
The Best Manga category was added to the Harvey Awards in 2018. The first winner was My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata. In 2019, My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi won, and in 2020, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama received the honor.
In the past, manga used to compete in the “Best American Edition of Foreign Material” category alongside other comics. The last manga to win in this category was Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama in 2014. One-Punch Man and Showa: A History of Japan (1953-1989) were nominated in 2016 but didn’t win. This category is no longer around.
It’s worth noting that the Harvey Awards are unique because comic book professionals are the ones who nominate and choose the winners, unlike some other comic book awards like the Eisner Awards.