The Accidental Gaijin #8: Wasamon by Royal Appointment

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The long awaited Mother-in-Law visit has dawned and I’m still busy searching for entertaining activities that will firmly establish me as “Son-in-law #1”. Thankfully, my Kyushu born, architecture loving Japanese mother has taken matters into her own hands with a list of outstanding Tokyo landmarks to goggle at. Topping the list is an intriguing building […]

The Accidental Gaijin #6: Eclectic Electric Town Part 3

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With bargains in mind and flushed with enough sugar to rot the teeth of a small country, I slowly amble my way back to Akihabara’s main drag. Instantly regretting not asking my fellow Maid Cafe patrons about the location of this fantastic record sale, I did however gleam a name…Super Potato.   “Retro-futurist” paradise! Flickr/Danny […]

The Accidental Gaijin #5: Eclectic Electric Town, Part 2

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Electric Town! Z. Gallant   “My God, it’s full of stars!”…and with that, I plunged into the madness of Akihabara. With a main expressway, overshadowed by towering skyscrapers, a walk along Electric Town’s “main drag” conjures up visions of Luke, hurtling along the trench of a certain planet destroyer, but in place of an exhaust […]

SMA8 Interview #12 – Harihtaroon (Excellence Award Winner)


Deadlines mean money…and Malaysian manga creator Harihtaroon knows all about deadlines. Whether it’s feverishly burning the midnight oil to meet commission deadlines, or ensuring her small army of stray cats are fed on time, Harihtaroon learned early on to live by the clock. After all, that’s a lot of feline mouths to fill!     […]

SMA8 Interview #08 – Gábor Molnár (Grand Prix Runner Up Winner)


Succeeding in manga isn’t an easy thing for this Social Media savvy Hungarian, but it’s a fight Gábor Molnár is winning! In country that has embraced the American superhero, while stigmatizing manga, Gábor has had to up his game in self promotion. Today, he talks to us about Hungary’s difficult past, manga’s supposed “bad influence” […]

SMA8 Interview #4 – Sideburn004 (Grand Prix Winner)

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As the first Russian Grand Prix winner of Silent Manga Audition, Sideburn004 has no doubt awoken a keen interest in manga in her Mother Russia, inspiring countless aspiring creators. With her first stab at success way back in SMA2, this tireless Russian Mangaka entered TWO work’s to SMA8, with the enigmatic Checkmate securing her the […]

SMA8 Interview #3 – Akimichi (Honorable Mention Award Winner)

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A native of St. Petersburg, in the Russian Federation, Akimichi has been a regular contributor to Silent Manga Audition. From her experimental debut, Care, way back in SMA3, this prolific Mangaka has submitted a staggeringly impressive ten entries in total, with her latest First! winning her an SMA8 Honorable Mention Award. All this at the ripe old […]

Stranded in Manga – Chapter 2: How Did I Get Here?

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My first day fast approached, and after binge watching/reading more anime/manga than an angst laden, teenage emo, I felt ready to take up the mantle of Manga Editor in Training. Manga editing is another world away from the very British way of publishing I’d become accustomed to (lots of meetings with mountains of biscuits), so […]