Result of the Final Round
Any of the works could have won a prize. I enjoyed all the works and felt the power from these young people.
I was able to regain some of my passion for manga, haha.
As expected of works from finalists, they were all really good!!
I also liked the The Creation of Immunization work, it was great.
I was inspired by the many youthful works.
I envy the quality of their ideas and their boldness that enables them to draw in a way that professionals cannot.
All they need now is to broaden their horizons by seeing and reading more.
The further these things are away from manga, the more nourishing they will be.
Students should cherish the limited high school time that is left!
What I want from you high school students is your sense and emotions rather than your skills!
I want to see what you teens want to draw at this very moment!!
The kind of work that would make the pros feel green with envy!!!
That's exactly what the top two works were.
In Japanese, we have this phrase "ten people are of ten colors". We see this clearly presented here where even though the theme is standard throughout, all the works had their own unique content.
This shows how much everyone enjoyed thinking freely.
Many contents were also closely related to daily life, showing how everyone were carefully looking at various aspects of their lives.
I think that everyone did a great job despite the one page limit.
I look forward to next year as well.
Prize Money of JPY100,000 / Invitation ticket to the 30th National High School Manga Koshien Championships for two / CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX
- Judges' Comments
- A simple and strong idea. A good example of what a one page manga should be. Well done! (Adachi Kintarō)
- This made me laugh. Social distance is such a serious issue right now but the cicada had me laughing. Thank you! (Tochi Ueyama)
- I can feel the energy of high school students. This manga not only does a great job in capturing a scene from daily life, but has a good sense of layout and composition. Even the dialogue expresses the character's personality very well and makes him stand out. (Mizushina Takayuki)
- Even though the call of the cicada pleasantly tells me that summer is here, I am reminded by this work that it is important for this call to be appropriately distanced. I admire the artist's ability and decision to express summer by focusing on the cicada's call alone, without drawing the sun, watermelon, shaved ice, fans, mosquito coils, and such. The good pacing of two panels and the complete change of expression of the old man impressed me. However, it would be even better if the crux of this story, the call of the cicada, is better expressed. The presence of the cicada could be increased if its call was written in extremely intense letters that could depict to us how it would definitely anger the old man. All the text in manga are pictures. Draw them with originality to make them interesting! (Moo. Nenpei)
- Even though this is a common story, the way the cicada sticks to the insect window screen makes me feel the heat of summer. It also makes me want to scream like this old man. The good point of this manga is that it is simple and clear, and the window screen is carefully drawn, giving out a good impression. The point that was lacking to me was the old man's sweat. Also, in this case where the same scene continues, changing the point of view will allow more variety in the manga's composition. With this, the manga can be made much more interesting, such as giving the cicada an expression. I had fun reading this. (Yamada Goro)
Prize for Excellence
Prize Money of JPY50,000 / CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO
All the entries were of a high standard, and it was difficult to choose among them.
In fact, I was highly inspired while judging the works as a manga artist.
A big thanks to everyone who applied!
All of the works were interesting and of a high level.
The huge goldfish in a bowl and the baby bed works had really good ideas, were funny, and very well drawn.
I had a hard time deciding between them and the one that won the grand prize.
The "tournament style" that was used to decide the winner was tough on us, but it was great that we could come to a clear result on which work was the best.
It is quite challenging to compete with only just one page of manga.
I feel that the artworks with clear intentions of showcasing a particular part or point, were the ones that stood out.
It was also interesting to see the slight difference in taste between the Japanese works and those from overseas.
There were many works (including those in Manga Koshien) where the applicants just draws according to the theme and that's it.
That makes it no different to a pun or a one-liner.
They need to ask themselves, "why did it happen? (background, reason)", "and then what happened? (result, response)".
The works will be much more interesting if all these are conveyed as well.
Can so much information be placed into just a single page? Yes of course! There is nothing impossible when it comes to manga.
Let's think and enjoy ourselves more♫
As the regulation states that works had to be presented in a single page, there were some artists who expressed their content with multiple frames.
However, I think that with just a single page, there were probably many people who felt that they did not have enough space for drawing their work.
I feel that it is really tough to express exactly one wants to express with just a single frame and a caption.
Furthermore, that single frame needs to bring about laughter.
A single page manga is like a brain puzzle game.
It is fun for the readers to read them, and it is even more fun for the artists who draw them.
I really wish for everyone to enjoy drawing such works.
Prize Money of JPY100,000 / ANA merchandise / CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX / Wacom Cintiq 16
I felt the passion in all of the works.
The level of manga in the world is definitely improving.
In addition, the way of thinking, events, characteristics of every country is really strong and fascinating.
Hmm... I learned a lot!
All of the entries from across the world were very unique and highly interesting.
There were many works that I personally loved, even though they were not selected for the grand prize.
I learned a lot about dialogue, panel layout, and character development that I would not have encountered if I were to only look at Japanese works.
It's interesting to see that the core of the stories are typical though.
I read through all the entries with a focus. As expected of a free theme, there were works of all kind; works that brought out the inner worlds of the artists that they wanted to share for a long time, works that had panels crammed full of content that was to be conveyed, works with amazing drawing ability, works that paid attention to and emphasized the atmosphere, works that looked like something that I have seen somewhere, and even works that made me question my sanity...
What was common across all the works, was the over-zealousness of the artists.
I experienced just how hard it is to judge athletes who begin from different starting lines and are running as fast as they can towards their own goals.
Can't we at least have some information on what thoughts they carry with them as they run?
We are thinking of the possibility of creating rules that will allow applicants to give all they have got without derailing for next year!
Thank you all of you for applying! I have read them all!! They were all interesting yo!!!
It was almost strange to see how all the works that made it to the final judging, and even those that didn't, were all wonderfully varied with little overlap in content.
The fact that there is such a wide range of expression, and that everything about the artist can be expressed regardless of age, gender, or nationality, makes me think that manga have become a common language throughout the world.
Reading manga is enjoyable, but drawing them is even more fun and enjoyable.
All the works showed signs of hard work, but they were also overflowing with a joy that surpassed that.
I am sure that all of these feelings were conveyed to the judges.
I would like to applaud not just the grand prize winner, but all the entries sent in.
This year's competition had even higher quality works than the last, and while I really enjoyed it, I had a hard time narrowing down the entries.
There were also many attractive works from overseas that did not confine themselves to the Japanese manga mold.
Besides the grand prize winner, there were many other great works, such as "A GOOD boy" from Russia that was very good at depicting emotions without dialogue, "Tio-Mia" from the Philippines that drew me in with with its cute drawings of girls and fleeting story, "Dairy Walks" from Ecuador that with its fun strong design and magical realism, "The Uninvited Guest" from Poland that draw me in with its deep western worldview.
It makes me very happy to see that people all over the world are expressing themselves using manga, an expression born in Japan. We will work hard to continue spreading the awareness of this competition and manga to the world.
Prize Money of JPY200,000 / ANA merchandise / CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX / The choice to publish the work on ComicWalker
The impressive work of the grand prize winner, 余韋德, will be published on ComicWalker in a few days' time.https://comic-walker.com/