Second International Manga Award Competition Begins
posted on by Egan Loo
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has officially announced the launch of the Second International Manga Award competition on December 21. Any artist outside Japan can submit a work with the entry form (PDF or Microsoft Word format) by February 29.
Hong Kong artist Lee Chi Ching won the First International Manga Award competition with his historical work, Sun Zi's Tactics. Hong Kong's Kai (1520), Malaysia's Benny Wong Thong Hou (Le Gardenie), and Australia's Madeleine Rosca (Hollow Fields) were runners-up in the first competition.
Meanwhile, the Daily Yomiuri newspaper in Japan has posted an English interview with rem, the winner of the separate Morning International Manga Competition run by Kodansha. The 25-year-old artist from Houston, Texas won the privilege of having her Festival of Shadows manga published in Kodansha's Morning 2 manga magazine. The artist describes how she was introduced to manga via a volume of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2, and why she prefers the individualistic approach of Japanese manga (compared to the assembly-line approach of many American comics). The Second Morning International Manga Competition accepts applications until December 31.
File photo of the First International Manga Award's presention ceremony © Ministry of Foreign Affairs