16th Manga Division Jury Selections
Mako Chan Enikki (Mako-chan’s Picture Diary)
Usa kun [Japan]
Mako-chan is a fif th-grader in the town of Tedeguma; in this gag manga about the everyday exploits of an elementary schoolgirl, we are treated to the perky protagonist’s interactions with a cast of eccentric family members, friends, and rivals as the days pass peacefully yet boisterously by. With hilarious dialogue and a gentle drawing style that is both Pop-ish and meticulous, the work draws us into its own quirky worldview.