Tokyopop Contest

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Tokyopop defines "Manga" and offers prizes and publication for submitted Manga.

Tokyopop Announcement:

Calling all aspiring manga artists . send us your stuff!!! Whoa, hold on, some background material first . Definition of Manga

From time immemorial, many cultures have used a combination of the written word and pictures to tell stories, convey information, and bridge the gap between disparate peoples. Japanese archaeologists have discovered wood block prints from as far back as the 15th century that suggest the use of "comics," so to speak, as a part of daily life. Though manga as we know it probably came into being at the dawn of the 20th century, most aficionados of the genre agree that the modern manga style was invented by Osamu Tezuka - the creator of such venerated works as Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion - in the late 1940's/early 1950's. Since then, the manga industry has grown exponentially, influencing western comic books with its unique aesthetic, and being influenced in turn by countless styles and techniques from outside Japan.

Traditionally rendered in black and white, printed on coarse paper, and designed to be portable, manga is an art form for the masses, accessible to a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life. Manga genres range from horror to romance, science fiction to family dramas, military epics to sports stories. Another notable quality about modern manga is its attention to character. Manga's incredibly targeted and focused visual palette allows its creators to emphasize character development in a manner not commonly found in traditional western comics. And, because nearly anyone with a pen and a piece of paper can get started, a thriving amateur manga scene - whose indie products are known as "manga doujinshi" - has developed, both in Japan and internationally.


Since 1996, TOKYOPOP® has been committed to bringing Japanese manga - and, more recently, Korean manwha - to English speaking audiences. Now, we invite you to bring your manga to us. In our continuing efforts to seek out and foster new and original artists, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the TOKYOPOP 'Rising Stars of MangaT' Competition. This contest calls upon aspiring U.S manga creators (working in English) to take a shot at the big time by submitting their stories to us.

The top ten submissions, as selected by TOKYOPOP's editorial staff, will not only receive monetary prizes, but will also be published by TOKYOPOP® in a compilation manga anthology to be distributed worldwide. The grand prizewinner will also be invited to pitch a full-length manga story idea to TOKYOPOP® executives, for possible publication in its own book.

The TOKYOPOP 'Rising Stars of MangaT' Competition will officially launch August 15th. The Competition will run through Dec. 16th, 2002. TOKYOPOP® must receive all submissions no later than 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 16th, 2002.

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