Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida
Board Member, COAMIX Inc.
CEO, Kumamoto COAMIX Inc.
Chief Editor, SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee
Thank you for joining SMA16!
This time with 744 entries from 82 countries, we’ve received the most entries yet for a twice-yearly SMA round!
The judges and myself were ecstatic to see the sheer quantity of high quality works. There’s no denying that your skills are improving after every SILENT MANGA AUDITION® round. We also saw a lot of potential in many of the creators, so allow me to give you some advice that could be useful for your next silent manga.
If you can understand the basics of manga making, you will be able to create a manga that is both entertaining and easy for the reader to understand. We saw some creators struggle with this, but by looking at your works objectively and asking other people for their opinions you can find what’s missing; whether it be the plot, page layout, paneling, camera work, etc.
Of course it’s important to make a manga that you enjoy, but other readers have to understand it. We also recommend that you think deeply about the plot before you start drawing and make good use of the “KI-SHO-TEN-KETSU” story structure that is used by Japanese manga artists.
In addition, we could see that many creators crafted a story that showed “Moments of FEAR, JOY, or LOVE,” but it’s equally important to tell a message to the readers. What do you want them to feel or know after reading your manga? This is a question that we must always ask ourselves.
When preparing for your next silent manga, please don’t hesitate to check our social media accounts for manga making tips and advice from the SMA Editorial Department!
We look forward to reading your SMA17 submissions and seeing how much you all have improved.
Best of luck in your preparations for the next round!
Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida
“I had so much fun judging the manga entries this time. What it is good about SMA is that any type of creator, from amateur to pro, can join and aim for an award. However, the common factor for any good manga should always be its accessibility and this time I found myself having some trouble understanding what was happening in certain entries and ended up reading them more than one time. In the real manga business this would not be accepted by the readers, so I encourage future entrants to always have in mind how to deliver the message of their manga in the most direct and clear way possible.”
Creator: “City Hunter,” etc.
“SMA16 reminded me once again of the great potential international creators have. I want to especially praise the young artists that keep on sending their entries to the audition; I wish the SMA Editorial Dept. would dedicate their effort and knowledge to help these young people to debut in Japan as soon as possible. As a manga artist, the details are very important to me, so I’d like to see creators spending time and putting their heart in every single panel. With that said, I can’t deny that in general incredibly well structured and interesting manga were sent to SMA16, and I’m looking forward to see more of these high quality works in future.”
Co-Creator: “Fist of the North Star,” etc.
“This round was a display of incredibly talented artists from all over the world. I especially enjoyed “The Answer” and “The Girl with Snake Hair.” Both works let me entered the manga with a movie-like feeling, with the latter one having a good atmosphere that engaged me since the first page with a well performed “KI-SHO-TEN-KETSU” structure. In general the drawing style of all the SMA entrants are improving time after time, so I really hope to see more manga creators focusing on how to create entertaining entries for the readers with more “KI-SHO-TEN-KETSU”-centered stories.”
Creator: “Yoroshiku Mecha-Doc,” etc.
“The general quality has increased and it’s becoming harder and harder to try to decide a single winning entry. From my point of view as a manga artist, I really hope that the international creators would share their work with another person (editors or even just friends) to see if they can actually understand what is going on inside the pages. Especially scenes that took place in the past were so difficult to identify this time. Also, I do understand that the general trend now is to work digitally, but remember that your ultimate goal is to have your work being published in Japan, so be sure to not draw lines that are too thin or faint because they may not be displayed once printed. ”
Creator: “Koroshi-ya Menkichi (Menkichi the Avenger),” etc.
“I’m happy to see that more and more creators with original and personal characteristics are joining the audition. At the same time, I wish that those creators would not let their personal touch win over the final goal of entertaining the readers. I’m not just talking about drawing style; I hope that from now talented international creators could have a talk with our SMA Editorial Dept. and work together on much more enjoyable entries.”
CEO, COAMIX Inc.
Author: “Keiji’s Kabuki Adventure,” etc.
(Former Chief Editor, “Weekly Shonen Jump”)
“All the entries were incredibly well done, with some of them already having higher quality than the ones sent to our Japanese manga competitions. We were particularly surprised by the quality of the work “Gift of Time.” We hope to have the opportunity to work closely with international creators in the future to enable a series of worldwide manga being published on our many digital and printed magazines.”
Publications: “Record of Ragnarok,” etc.
SMA Editorial Dept. Award
The new SILENT MANGA AUDITION® is already open! We can’t wait to display YOUR work in the next SMA!