GUIDELINE & TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS – SILENT MANGA AUDITION®︎
- The SILENT MANGA AUDITION® is about the ability to tell a wordless story in an effective and entertaining way – NOT a trial of skill that fits a pre-set standard. Be creative and entertain your readers by igniting their imagination!
- “A creator’s ability to tell a story through a visual narrative” is the main focus of evaluation.
- We welcome all emotions – happiness, sadness and everything in-between. However, we recommend you always end the story with a positive, heart-warming message. Like a good chef, the mixing of opposing flavors can produce the best dishes!
- Your manga must not exceed 31 pages, so use the appropriate number of pages for the theme. We welcome short,focused stories.
- Your manga must start from A SINGLE PAGE, on the left side of the spread.
- All Manga to be drawn from “Right-to-Left” (Japan standard).
- Pages MUST BE upload as “1 page / 1 Image”. For “Page Spreads”, please upload each page as “2 separate image files”.
- Images will be displayed on the web exactly as you upload them, so please TRIM AND CROP your images. All gutter, trim marks and other parts of the image you wouldn’t present to a reader, should be trimmed off.
- Those comfortable with preparing print-ready images may upload “print-ready” images as one .zip file, accompanying the separate page images*.
*Doing so has no affect on the evaluation process, although it ensures your work will be presented in the best possible image quality, in the event of winning an award.
CANVAS SIZE INFORMATION:
- If available use JIS Standard B4 (257 × 364), if drawing on paper. If unavailable, use any paper size you can easily obtain.
- Final output size, when printed, trimmed and bound as a book, is W 220mm x H 310mm – inclusive of in-page content margin (“20mm” all around), but exclusive of “3mm” trimming margin (the gutter).
- Draw fully to the outer trim margin (including the 3mm gutter), remembering that the gutter will be TRIMED OFF.
RECOMMENDATIONS & ADVICE:
- Don’t kill characters. Think of heart-warming tales of triumph over adversity, maybe in a sporting event or helping friends.
- Utilize the 1st page, as part of the storytelling, and not just a cover page.
- We encourage you to make good use of a “W-Page spread ( a pair of 2 adjacent pages in a book )”. Treat the page spread as ONE WIDE CANVAS.
- Use effective “Mekuri” and “Hiki” (the last panel before turning over the page to the following panel), and other techniques for effective storytelling.
- Complex stories are often inappropriate for silent manga. Plan ahead, and think of a simple, yet effective story before you begin the final manga.
- “Simple message that captures the theme” will be awarded higher than, “Complex story with a confusing message”.
- THE STORY ITSELF is NOT a part of the assessment. Instead, we see what “Message(s)” the story clearly presents to the reader – evoking emotions and feelings.
- While drawing can be a tough challenge, always remember to have fun and enjoy yourself. Do your best to entertain the readers.
- For all other guidelines and tutorials, please see our regular content, like the “FAQ Section”, “weekly articles” and the tutorials found on our YouTube SMAC! Community Channel.