Hosted by Japanese manga publisher COAMIX Inc.,
the SMA MasterClass is a fraternity of international manga creators
who have produced work, above and beyond the expectations of the
SILENT MANGA AUDITION® judging panel during the SMA Rounds stage.
Open to artists who exhibit the most manga making potential, the goal of the SMA MasterClass is to enable a Japanese debut through exclusive opportunities, editorial support and a dedicated mindset.
Potential members of the SMA MasterClass must first ‘prove’ their manga making skills
by entering the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Rounds.
With an accumulation of awards and a committed body of submitted work, showing potential in illustration, composition skills and narrative originality, MasterClass nominees will be reviewed by the ZENON editorial team pending final approval.
Once approved, SMA MasterClass Members will receive a digital “welcome pack”
containing a letter from SMA editor-in-chief Shuichi ‘Mocchi’ Mochida,
along with information about the MasterClass and the opportunities available.
Members will also be assigned an SMA editor, who will help guide them through the manga making process for their chance to debut their manga in Japan, paving the way for international success.
Additionally, members will also benefit from support from the seasoned MONTHLY COMIC ZENON editorial team, as well as direction from professional manga artist Jun Tomizawa.
Members will work closely with their editor to prepare an original manga concept to pitch to the ZENON editor-in-chief, for potential development and publication on the ZENON publishing platforms.
Based on artistic style, Members are selected by the ZENON editorial team to reinterpret a manga ‘name’ created by a professional Japanese manga artist, for publication on the ZENON publishing platforms.
Finally, all new Members will be invited to Japan to take part in an induction ceremony, along with manga workshops hosted by professional manga artists and some unforgettable sightseeing opportunities.
The SMA MasterClass are constantly searching for potential Members who exhibit
commitment, dedication and a strong desire for a career in the professional manga industry.
With two exclusive opportunities for a Japanese manga debut, the SMA MasterClass expects all members to embrace each challenge and consistently submit work of the highest quality, with the support of a dedicated editorial team.
Your editor is there to help you reach your highest potential. They are your first reader, and your biggest cheerleader in helping you create manga that entertains the masses.
Your editor is also on hand to offer ideas and advice to help you overcome any creative blocks you may encounter, as well as to mediate between yourself and the ZENON editorial team.