I liked the tribute the other authors were giving him. Dude definitely deserves it. George Morikawa is a manga author I have respect for. Despite the agonizing slow pace of his story, it's consistent and enjoyable. No plot-no-jutsu, and the power-ups (read:training) are completely logical, explainable, and practical. Hajime no Ippo totally shits on bleach and Naruto in every single way imaginable.
Of special interest to me was the tribute from Miura Kentarou, the author of Berserk. I never would have thought those two would have worked together in the past, much less than him being George's former assistant. #respect. Also that drawing of Takamura was even more beastly looking than his usual
badass looking self. I loved it.