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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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