In a pioneering move, the editorial team behind COAMIX’s Monthly Comic Zenon has taken the bold step of looking towards the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Community for their next manga star!
After receiving four unique works based on a “name” titled “Midnight Shadow”, conceived and drawn by professional Japanese mangaka Matsuri Mido sensei, the team decided on the entry by Russian Masterclass member and SMA8 Grand Prix winner, SIDEBURN004.
Impressed with her character designs and composition skills, SIDEBURN004’s storyboard “perfectly captured the spirit of the original”, prompting a commission to create the finished yomikiri (one-shot) for publication in Zenon’s sister digital manga magazine Web Comic Zenyon.
A first for the long running Japanese manga magazine, this unique opportunity not only offers the chance of a Japanese manga debut, it provides our international creators with the practical experience of working in the professional manga industry. With tight deadlines, high expectations and the ability to quickly understand the adjustments needed through the creator/Zenon editor relationship, our creators will learn what it takes to succeed as a pro mangaka in Japan.
Scheduled to premier in April, “Midnight Shadow” will be the first of many opportunities for the SMA Masterclass to reinterpret, reimagine and give life to the seeds of a story provided by Japanese manga industry specialists.
This unique and pioneering opportunity is the culmination of the SMA journey. From taking the first step of entering the competition to joining the Masterclass, the chance to have your work reviewed, commissioned and debuted with a Japanese manga publisher is now achievable with the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®!
Title: “Midnight Shadow” by SIDEBURN004
Original Work: Matsuri Mido sensei
Format: Free in digital manga magazine, Web Comic Zenyon
Length: 38 pages
Release date: April, 2019
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