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Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan 11th of January 2017 – Manga creators around the world have a new chance to have their works read by legendary manga pros and bringing the biggest smile to their readers. The KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017, the biggest manga festival of its kind, is now taking entries. The Festival is offering manga creators around the world the chance for their works to be read and evaluated by Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star) and Tsukasa Hojo (City Hunter) along with industry veterans.  Award winners of the festival also have the chance to win a trip to Japan, a JPY 500,000 cash prize, and have the chance to debut as a professional manga creator.

KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017 Event Information:

  • Attend Award Ceremony in Kumamoto City
  • Manga Creative Kick-Start work-shop with Manga Professionals

Illustration Award:

  • Happiest!: JPY 50,000 (Approx. USD 300)
  • Happier!: JPY 20,000 (Approx. USD 300)
  • Happy!: JPY10,000 (Approx. USD 100)

Theme and Requirements: Smiles and Laughter

Silent Manga Category: A smile-inducing and heart-touching story or episodes filled with positive emotions. Please include Kumamoto Castle or Kumamoto’s nature.

Illustration Category: An illustration of an original character with the finest smile.  Please try to keep the illustration from the chest up.

NO DEPICTION THAT INFRINGES ON THIRD PARTY’S TRADEMARKS OR COPYRIGHTS.

Regrettably, NO “KUMAMON” this time please.

Submission Period: November 2016 – February 15, 2017

Award Ceremony:

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017; Tsuruya Department Store Seventh Floor Exhibition Hall

Illustration Display:

Tsuruya Department Store Entrance, B2, and other area’s Sojo University Kumamoto City

KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017 Awards and Prizes:

Silent Manga Award:

  • JPY 500,000 (Approx. USD 5,000)
  • JPY 300,000 / 100,000 / 30,000 / 10,000

KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017:

The People of Kumamoto Prefecture

TETSUO HARA

  • Coamix Corp. Board of Directors
  • Co-Creator: Ikusa no Ko: Oda Nobunaga (Coamix)
  • Co-Creator: Fist of the Blue Sky (Coamix)
  • Co-Creator: Fist of the North Star (Shueisha)

TSUKASA HOJO

  • Coamix Corp. Board of Directors
  • Creator: ANGEL HEART/ANGEL HEART 2nd Season (Coamix)
  • Creator: CITY HUNTER (Shueisha)
  • Creator: CAT’S EYE (Shueisha)

RYUJI TSUGIHARA

  • Coamix Corp. Board of Directors
  • Creator: Commander-in-Chief Sakuraba Kouichirou (Coamix)
  • Creator: Restore Garage 251: Kurumaya Yumejirou (Coamix)
  • Creator: Yoroshiku Mecha-doc (Shueisha)

NOBUHIKO HORIE

  • CEO, Coamix Corp.
  • Chief Editor of Monthly Comic ZENON (Coamix)
  • Former Chief Editor of Weekly Shonen JUMP (Shueisha)

TADASHI NEGISHI

  • Coamix Corp. Managing Director
  • Former Chief Editor of RAIJIN Comics (Coamix)
  • Former Chief Editor of Monthly Shonen JUMP (Shueisha)

COMIC-ZENON EDITORIAL TEAM

SMAC! THE WEB MAGAZINE EDITORIAL TEAM

KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017 Coordinators and Sponsors:

Coordinator:

  • Kumamoto International Manga Festival Planning Committee: Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting Co.,Ltd North Stars Pictures Inc.
  • Coamix Inc.

Sponsors:

  • Sojo University
  • Tsuruya Department Store Inc.
  • Kumamoto Prefecture International Affairs Department
  • Meiwa Estate Co., Ltd.
  • Kumamoto Bank
  • Kyushu Industrial Transportation Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Kiomasa Seika Co., Ltd.
  • Shigemitsu Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Egao Co., Ltd.
  • Suncelmo Co., Ltd.
  • SUNFLAME Co.

FUTURE EVENTS:

2016/12 –               SMAC! The MANGA Magazine Launch (Featuring Master Class)

2017/1 –                 SMA MASTER CLASS 2017 Certification Ceremony in TOKYO

2017/2/15 –           KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017 Deadline

2017/3/31 –           SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Round Seven (SMA7) Deadline

2017/4/1~9/30 – SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Round Eight (TBC)

2017/4/15~4/16 KUMAMOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA FESTIVAL 2017 Award Ceremony in

Kumamoto city.

2017/10/1~ –         SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Round Nine (TBC)

Please see our website for more information and latest updates: www.manga-audition.com

For inquiries about the event please contact Taiyo Nakashima at the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee / SMAC! Web Magazine: email: smac@manga-audition.com

The information provided are the views of the provider of the press release and does not represent the views of KAORI Nusantara and The Indonesian Anime Times

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