Digital manga contest plays on high school theme

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

With this year’s theme centered around high school, the second Digital Manga Koshien competition for digitally created comics is now accepting entries from high school students and adults, organizers said.

The annual event is inspired by Manga Koshien, an annual high school manga competition held in Kochi Prefecture since 1992. “Koshien” is a play on the name of the annual national high school baseball championships held at Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture.

The second installment is jointly organized by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co. (ShoPro), which operates the DreamTribe manga community website, and the executive committee in charge of co-hosting the Manga Koshien championship.

The event is aimed at finding uncelebrated artists in the ever-expanding digital manga world and encouraging further development of digital productions.

For the second installment, the event is soliciting digitally created one-page manga works. The key to success may depend on whether contestants can fully unleash their creative potential in a limited space.

In addition to the high school division, another division devoted to adults was set up starting from this year to attract a wider range of works. The theme for both divisions is on manga centered around “high school students.”

Tetsuya Chiba, a veteran manga artist best known for his “Ashita no Joe” (Tomorrow’s Joe) and “Ashita Tenki ni Nare” (aka “The Great Super-Shot Boy”), will serve as head of the jury panel. Other members include well-known manga artists such as Yoshimi Kurata and Takashi Kisaki.

“There was a great earthquake (last) year,” Chiba said. “People can muster their courage when they laugh and see interesting things. I think manga can do that job. We are looking forward to getting works that can provide courage and make readers happy.”

Winners will receive a drafting table, a manga-drawing application and other prizes in addition to cash.

The award-winning works will be published on Galapagos Store’s online e-book service for smartphones, Shogakukan Inc.’s Club Sunday manga website and elsewhere.

Entries will be accepted through Feb. 22, 2012. For detailed information, visit (http://www.dreamtribe.jp/digiman2nd/).

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