[Ambassador] Award Ceremony for ZIDROU, the winner of the 14th Japan International Manga Award

On September 17th, Ambassador Shimokawa awarded the Belgian screenwriter and manga artist, Mr. Benoît Drousie (penname: Zidrou), with the ”outstanding performance award” for his work The Muse (in French “Natures Mortes”, co-authored by a Spanish manga artist Oriol), for the 14th International Manga Award of Japan.

The annual Japan International Manga Award ceremony has been taking place in Tokyo since its establishment in 2007 with a presence of the Foreign Minister of Japan.

This year, it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

We held a small reception at our Embassy instead, capturing the opportunity when Mr. Benoît Drousie, who currently resides in Spain, is back in Brussels for a while, together with the representatives of the publisher, Dargaud-Lombard SA.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Benoît Drousie, his wife, Mr. Yves Schlirf, Editorial Director at Dargaud Benelux, and Ms. Caroline Walravens, Press Officer of Dargaud Benelux.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Drousie on his remarkable achievement and wish him all the best in his continued success as a comic artist.