SILENT MANGA AUDITION®

A message from SMAC! Editor-in-chief, Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida

Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida

Coamix Inc. Board of Directors Chairman, The SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee. Chief Editor, SMAC! The WEB/MANGA Magazine

For Round 13, the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® and UNESCO joined forces to deliver a very important message to the world. UNESCO’s “Together 4 Peace” project focuses on the importance of Education, Communication, Empathy, Cooperation and Human Rights to help pave the way towards global peace.

I would like to thank all the artists, new and returning, who joined forces to help deliver this vitally important message in manga! It’s thanks to you we were able to gather 274 works from 117 countries under the theme “Together for Peace”.

The competition was very challenging, with a lot of strong entries. Myself, along with the SMA judges and our special UNESCO Guest Judge, Akané Nozaki, were amazed by the level of skill each artist poured into their works. Although all the entries exhibited an exceptionally high level of quality artwork, paneling and storytelling, the finalists lacked a certain “surprise element” making it difficult to decide on a Grand Prix winner this time.

Manga is a source of entertainment, but just like most creative art forms, manga also has the power of storytelling. No matter the genre, setting or characters, manga has the ability to deliver strong messages in a relatable and entertaining way. This key principle of manga was definitely proven in Round 13!

In these difficult times, I hope the message “Together 4 Peace” resonates with you all and helps to bring more kindness and empathy in the world around us.

COMMENTS FROM JUDGES

Tsukasa HOJO

“All the works were of an equal level of excellence in this Round. Any one of them could easily be number one with the quality of work on show! Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing more entries with laughs in the next Round.”

Creator of: ‘Cat’s ♥ Eye’, ‘City Hunter’, ‘Angel Heart’, etc.

Tetsuo HARA

“The quality of art keeps increasing with every round, particularly with character expressions. Many artists have a great sense of paneling and I could see each gave their all with every entry.”

Creator of: ‘Fist of the North Star’ , ‘Keiji’, ‘Ikusa no Ko’, etc.

Ryuji TSUGIHARA

“Every artist proved their mastery of manga with their works for this Round. From the art and paneling to the narrative flow, they are all top quality works in my eyes.”

Creator of: ‘Yoroshiku Mecha-Doc’, ‘Restore Garage 251’, ‘Shonen Readom’, etc.

Jun TOMIZAWA

“Because of the theme, I felt that many of the stories represented situations that were personal to each artist’s life or culture. It was refreshing to see stories not really featured in Japanese manga.”

Creator of: ‘Commander Zero’, ‘Kigyō Senshi Yamazaki’, ‘Koroshiya Menkichi’, etc.

Nobuhiko HORIE

“In general, everyone was able to translate the theme into captivating stories. I felt everyone worked very hard, just by seeing the quality of drawing. It’s easy to notice that each artist poured their souls into their work.”

CEO, Coamix Inc. (Former Chief Editor of ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ and ‘Monthly Comic Zenon’)

UNESCO Guest Judge Akané Nozaki

“UNESCO Bangkok is delighted to see inspiring silent manga entries illustrating diverse themes that reflect our mission. Dear artists, thank you for contributing to peace through your unique storytelling that amplifies our message and reaches out to a wider audience.”

UNESCO Guest Judge

GRAND PRIX RUNNER-UP

300,000 JPY

UNESCO AWARD

UNESCO Award for Education

TITLE Invisible

CREATOR João Eddie

COUNTRY Brazil

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Comments

Tsugihara-sensei :
“Outstanding skill in storytelling! Expression through art was achieved with breathtaking results. The work is exceptionally “complete”… well-done!”

UNESCO Guest Judge Akané Nozaki :
“Out of school children are being deprived of their fundamental rights to education and are at the heart of UNESCOs mission to achieve Education for All. The opening pages express the social inequality and injustice of a young child who has a strong will to study but is being denied access to education.”

The UNESCO Award for Education:
The UNESCO Award for Education winner will be invited to attend the opening of the UNESCO “Together 4 Peace” Manga exhibition at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The exhibition will run from Tuesday, October 6th to Sunday, October 25th 2020.*

* Please note, given travel conditions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNESCO reserves the right to cancel or restrict the invitation to the UNESCO Award winner, subject to recommendations set by the Government of Thailand, the WHO and UNESCO Headquarters.

GRAND PRIX RUNNER-UP

300,000 JPY

TITLE Homeless

CREATOR Simone Sanseverino

COUNTRY Italy

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Comments

Hojo-sensei :
“The art is extremely cute with an adorable style and full of emotional expressions with each character. Well composed and nicely paneled, the work was executed excellently. I read it with a smile.”

Tomizawa sensei :
“There is nothing but to say but amazing artwork! The line work it’s very good, but I felt it maybe used too much tone that overwhelmed the lines.”

UNESCO Guest Judge Akané Nozaki :
“This is another beautifully drawn work. Because of the use of penguins as the main character, I had assumed the story would be about climate change. However the plot nicely embodies the ideas of UNESCO global citizenship, living together with others respectfully and peacefully.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD

100,000 JPY

UNESCO AWARD

UNESCO Award for Empathy

TITLE Neither Bright Nor Dark

CREATOR Laica Chrose

COUNTRY Brazil

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Comments

UNESCO Guest Judge Akané Nozaki :
“An outstandingly exquisite work. Because the story is set in a fictional world, anyone from any part of the world can appreciate the story, which beautifully depicts a conflict of two different clans and their eventual reconciliation and collaboration through empathy.”

The UNESCO Award for Empathy:
The UNESCO Award for Empathy winner will be invited to attend the opening of the UNESCO “Together 4 Peace” Manga exhibition at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The exhibition will run from Tuesday, October 6th to Sunday, October 25th 2020.*

* Please note, given travel conditions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNESCO reserves the right to cancel or restrict the invitation to the UNESCO Award winner, subject to recommendations set by the Government of Thailand, the WHO and UNESCO Headquarters.

EXCELLENCE AWARD

100,000 JPY

TITLE The Lost Boy

CREATOR gawin

COUNTRY Thailand

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Comments

SMAC Editors :
“Excellent opening and character introduction for a manga, which then leads into a smooth and emotional plot flow to a satisfying and rewarding ending.”

TITLE A wordless apology

CREATOR Marika Mangaka DZ

COUNTRY Algeria

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Comments

Hara-sensei :
“Isn’t she a promising talent?! I instantly fell in love with her amazing skill. A developed artistic articulation and execution for her such young age is very impressive indeed. With a lot of information packed into each page, I found the reading experience very fulfilling.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD RUNNER-UP

30,000 JPY

SPONSOR AWARD

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX
Wacom Cintiq Tablet

TITLE Chrysalis

CREATOR Carriere Alexandre

COUNTRY France

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Comments

Sponsors :
“The message from the artist was conveyed effectively without dialogue with an expert use of expression and surreal, intuitive imagery.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD RUNNER-UP

30,000 JPY

SPONSOR AWARD RUNNER-UP

CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX
Wacom Intuos

TITLE Prototype

CREATOR Bakti Abdul Jabar & Jabbar wardana

COUNTRY Indonesia

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Comments

Sponsors :
“The artist expresses the emotions of the inorganic robot in a rich and satisfying way.”

SMAC! Award

Comment from Ken

Unique style of art matches its story. The panelling, cinematography, and expressions of characters synchronize to deepen the sense of drama. Can’t wait for the next entry!

Comment from Enrico

The typical martial art story narrated with amazing paneling ability and detailed art. Keep on sending your manga, Dzikawa, you are improving audition after audition!

Comment from Chris

This short manga suggests an epic tale, thanks to the sumptuous composition and illustration skills of the artist. It genuinely left me wanting to know more, which is arguably the mission of making manga!

Comment from Vivi

Already an amazing artist with great artwork and paneling! Because there are two plotlines, we lose focus and an impactful ending. Next time, only use one character’s perspective and you will certainly rank higher!

For more amazing manga, check out the SMA13 Nominees and Candidates!

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