|Years active||1995 – present|
Knights of Sidonia
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Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉, Nihei Tsutomu, born February 26, 1971) is a Japanese manga artist. Nihei has been drawing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. In 1995 he was awarded the Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize in that year's Afternoon Four Seasons Award for his submission, Blame. After working as an assistant to veteran comic artist Tsutomu Takahashi, Nihei went on to launch his debut series Blame! in Monthly Afternoon in 1997. Following the success of Blame!, he next penned Wolverine: Snikt! (published by Marvel Comics) and Biomega. In 2009, Nihei returned to Afternoon to launch what would become his most successful series, Knights of Sidonia. An architectural student, Nihei's early work were mainly wordless, relying on visuals and backgrounds to tell their stories. His cyberpunk-influenced artwork has gained a strong cult following worldwide.
Nihei worked in construction but quit to work on becoming a manga artist. He went to New York and studied at the Parsons School of Design. His experience in construction and design has shown up in his manga in his depiction of huge structures which are a strong theme in his manga works.
Nihei has several sources of inspiration, including Manga, American comics and Bandes dessinées. Japanese comics that strongly influenced him include Akira, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Ghost in the Shell. He was also enormously inspired by Swiss artist H. R. Giger, best known for his airbrush images of humans and machines connected in cold biomechanical relationships. Other sources of inspirations include Hard science fiction novels, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, French artist Moebius and Clive Barker of Hellraiser fame. Nihei is also a big video games fan, and mentioned Metroid and the Halo franchise among his favorites. In the mid-2000s, during a trip to the United States, he met the Halo design team, who directly offered him to participate in the Halo Graphic Novel project when they found out that he was a huge fan of the game.
Nihei was a special guest of San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2016. He also received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International, the organization that runs San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon. Given to creators for “contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services,” the Inkpot Award is an honor that Nihei now shares with other comics, film, and sci-fi legends such as Osamu Tezuka, Moebius, and Ray Bradbury.
|List of awards and nominations|
|1995||Afternoon Four Seasons Award||Jiro Taniguchi Special Prize||NOiSE||Won|
|2006||Harvey Awards||Best American Edition of Foreign Material||Blame!||Nominated|
|2013||17th Japan Media Arts Festival||Manga Division||Knights of Sidonia||Jury Selections|
|2015||39th Kodansha Manga Award||Best General Manga||Won|
|2016||47th Seiun Award||Best Comic||Won|
|2016||Comic-Con International||Inkpot Award||Himself||Won|
|2019||Eisner Award||Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia||Abara||Nominated|
|2020||26th Salón del Manga de Barcelona||Best Seinen Manga||Knights of Sidonia||Won|