Message from Jun Tomizawa
“Hello Silent Manga Community,
I’ve spent an enjoyable career working on many different series’, including a manga edited by Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida, editor-in-chief of SILENT MANGA AUDITION®. As of last year, I have been working closely with the SMAC! editorial team to help you improve your manga making skills. I am honored to have been chosen as the newest judge of the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®, and I would like to start this important role with a message to you all…
Throughout my manga making career, I have always paid special attention to what makes a good manga. Back when I was a young creator starting out, the one element of manga I found most challenging was dialogue. It wasn’t long until I discovered that good manga, at it’s very core must be understood without any dialogue at all. By making effective use of composition and panelling, a talented creator can weave an engaging story without a single word spoken.
At present, the reason there has never been a healthy manga culture outside of Japan is because of linguistic limitations. If we remove the need for dialogue in storytelling, then we are able to create something that crosses linguistic borders and cultures for the enjoyment of everyone. Therefore, a silent manga is a return to absolute basics, right back to the point of origin. A manga creator who can successfully convey the emotions of the characters that drive the story, without the use of dialogue has learned this valuable basic rule of manga making.
Finally, remember that there is no need to illustrate your manga in the “Japanese manga style”, just because the competition is organized by a Japanese manga publisher. Use this opportunity to fully realize your style with complete freedom and allow us, the community, the judges and myself to see a glimpse into the creative unknown. Let us see your world. I look forward to seeing all your entries!”
Tokyo, October 2018