[SDCC 2015] Kazuki Takahashi Receives Comic Con’s Inkpot Award

July 13, 2015 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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San Diego Comic Con's Inkpot Award on display at an art exhibit at the San Diego Central Library
San Diego Comic Con’s Inkpot Award at an art exhibit at the city’s Central Library

At his panel on Saturday, Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi was awarded San Diego Comic Con’s Inkpot Award.

As described by the panel’s moderator: “Given his tremendous contributions to the worlds of manga and anime, Comic Con is recognizing Sensei [Takahashi]’s achievements with its prestigious Inkpot Award. […] The Inkpot Award was started back in 1974 and it’s given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services. Sensei joins a long list of esteemed recipients, including Steven Spielberg and Jim Henson, as well as top animators Chuck Jones, Stan Lee, and Charles Schultz.”

The award was presented by Adam Liest, the assistant to the director of programming at SDCC. The markedly shy Takahashi did not give an acceptance speech and smiled awkwardly when he was showered with camera flashes from SDCC’s photographer. He released a statement today about the award in a press release.

“I am deeply honored to receive Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award and am humbled to be held in the same regard as the revered animators, authors, filmmakers and artists that have been recognized for their passion and contributions to the arts,” Takahashi said.

The Inkpot Award is presented annually during San Diego Comic Con. Other notable Japanese content creators who have received the award include Ryoichi Ikegami, Kazuo Koike, Tite Kubo, Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, Rumiko Takahashi, and Naoko Takeuchi. SDCC offers a full list of recipients of the Inkpot Award from 1974 through 2014 on its website.

Further coverage of Kazuki Takahashi’s SDCC 2015 panel is forthcoming.

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