Brazilian MasterClass member Laica Chrose and talented Webtoon creator was awarded in the 25th edition of the “Comic ZENON Manga Taisho” Japanese manga contest! Laica received the Excellence Award Runner-Up for her FIRST EVER Japanese one-shot manga entry!
Manga Taisho is Comic ZENON’s oldest contest where new Japanese manga creators can prove themselves DIRECTLY to their future fans with an up to 39-page entry. It’s not only judged by manga legends such as Tsukasa Hojo-sensei and Tetsuo Hara-sensei, but also by booksellers and the general public!
Laica Chrose’s entry “Ephemera” (Japanese title: Kagerou no Natsu) is her first entry to one of Comic ZENON and COAMIX’s Japanese manga contests after her SMA16 Grand Prix Runner-Up awarded manga “Lacrimosa.”
The following are the comments from Comic ZENON’s 25th Manga Taisho judge Tsukasa Hojo-sensei (City Hunter, SMA judge, etc.) and Ogaki Bookstore representative Itō-san regarding Laica Chrose’s entry:
In terms of production quality, I felt that this work was head and shoulders above the “manga competition” category. I think this creator has more than enough skill, so I hope they will move on to become active in the professional manga industry. – Tsukasa Hojo
The artwork was of a very high quality and matched well with the content of the story. The plot points of the manga were wrapped up together well with a happy ending, which left me with a great feeling after reading. In addition, this was a work that made me rethink the meaning of the title after I finished reading. – Ogaki Bookstore representative Itō-san
“Ephemera” follows Luca, who by all means seems like a normal young boy, but who actually ages incredibly slow. He lives a solitary life with his mother, away from society and other people, but yearns to make friends and see the outside world. One fateful summer day his world is turned upside down when he meets the adventurous and bold Towa, who shows him the joys of the outside world. Was their meeting chance…or fate? And how will time eventually tear these two souls apart?
Laica Chrose’s work is just one of the manga masterpieces from the SMA MasterClassthat was awarded in Comic ZENON and COAMIX’s manga competitions; with the support of the SMA Editorial Department, the MasterClass members are showing year after year their potential to the Japanese audience and working towards their professional debut by joining SMA exclusive projects such as the “Artists Village Aso 096k!”