According to official website, Urasawa Naoki's manga Pluto was announced to be the winner of the Intergeneration Award at Angoulême International Comics Festival 2011. The award is given to the best bande dessinée, comics and manga for wide range of audience. Urasawa had won the Prize for a Series by 20th Century Boys at the festival in 2004.
Pluto totally deserved the prize just by having names like Urasawa and Tezuka behind it's awesomesauce.
People who love manga should be obligated to read Tezuka's works. Without him manga wouldn't exist at all (or at least it would be really different of what it is now). Urasawa is another genius with genius works like Monster and Pluto.
This is awesome and most-deserving win in a long time.
Every manga of Urasawa has been an awesome ride (maybe except Monster which i found a bit too bland for Urasawa's standards).
I loved the mysteriousness and atmosphere of Pluto. I loved the slowly unraveling plot and the huge wtfdidnotseeitcoming twist that came. Urasawa took something i half-didnot care(astro boy) and turned the concepts in it into something that could have come form the mind of Isaac Asimov(seriously the way it handled robots reminded me a lot of the laws of robotics and overall portrayal)
His newest manga, Billy Bat is just as awesome(and maybe even more so) and I hope that one day it will also get its deserved attention.
Its quite sade that we are getting rush-rushed by generic yaoi/shounen/schoolife and so on type of anime series and movies and Urasawa's works(apart from monster) do not get the needed and deserved attention in anime community.