Czech comic book IOGI receives award in Japan
The book IOGI, published by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia, about the everyday life of the Japanese, took bronze in the 15th Japan International Manga Awards for best comic of 2021.
strips were created by students of the Sutnar School under the supervision of
cartoonist Václav Šlajch based on scripts created by a Czech-French poet living
in Tokyo, Jean-Gaspard Páleníček. It was the first time in the history of this
competition that a piece of work from the Czech Republic had received this
International MANGA Award, which each year recognizes one publication with the
Gold Award, three with the Silver Award and eleven with the Bronze Award, was
established in 2007. A total of 484 works of art from 79 countries were entered
in 2021. The jury was chaired by then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan,
Toshimitsu Motegi, with members of the jury and the selection committee
including, among others, recognized manga authors and translators. The official
awards ceremony will be held in Tokyo in March 2022.
twenty students of the Sutnar School took part in creating the comic stories of
various artistic styles defying western stereotypes of Japan. The comics
describe the life of ordinary people living primarily in a typical Japanese
suburb called Suginami, in the vicinity of the Iogi train station: their
desires, everyday problems, small joys in life (rooted in family cohesion,
personal interests, the nature…) and tragic events (divorce, a child's illness…)
as well as some of their prejudices about Europe.
book was published in Japanese by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
in early 2021. The graphic design of the almost 180-page publication is the
work of graphic designers Rostislav Vaněk, Kristina Fišerová and Michal
Kopecký. The book contains an afterword by researcher and historian of the
comic genre at the Institute for Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of
Sciences, Pavel Kořínek. Another three language variants are being prepared: a
Czech, English and French version.
Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Art and Design
| Šárka Stará
03. 01. 2022