In the world of anime and manga, Rumiko Takahashi is a household name. Her work has been enjoyed by seemingly everybody, whether it’s an old timer who grew up with works like Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku, or a newer fan who enjoyed Kagome’s journeys in Inuyasha, or, heck, just people who enjoyed Ranma 1/2.
In the world of comics, Takahashi is said to be the best-selling female comic creator in history, with hundreds of millions of books in print. Her contributions to both manga, and the world of comics at large, may be recognized on a truly grand scale by the Eisner Awards.
Earlier today, Comic-Con International revealed the Eisner Awards judges selected a pair of artists for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. Human Torch creator Carl Burgos and Moomin creator Tove Jansson were both chosen to receive the prestigious award.
The judges are considering fourteen nominees for this year’s remaining four spots in the lineup. The list of nominees is as follows:
- Antonio Prohias
- Bill Griffith
- Edward Gorey
- Francoise Mouly
- George Perez
- Herb Trimpe
- Jack Kamen
- Jacques Tardi
- Kim Deitch
- Lynda Barry
- Matt Groening
- P. Craig Russell
- Rube Goldberg
- Rumiko Takahashi
The Eisner Awards, specifically, describe Rumiko Takahashi’s career as follows:
Popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is said to be the bestselling female comics artist in history, with hundreds of millions of her books sold around the world. Takahashi’s first published work was the one-shot Katte na Yatsura in 1978. Later that year her first major work began being serialized, Urusei Yatsura. She went on to create such classic works as Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, InuYasha, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Saga, and Rumic Theater. Several of her works have been animated.
Through her career, Takahashi has created numerous iconic works, including Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, InuYasha, and Maison Ikkoku. Her latest work, Rin-Ne kicked off in 2009, and currently has an ongoing anime adaptation.
Takahashi was also nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2014.