Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida
Board Member, COAMIX Inc.
CEO, Kumamoto COAMIX Inc.
Chief Editor, SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee
“We would like to express our gratitude for your continuous love of the SILENT MANGA
AUDITION® and your participation in SMA18!
This round we received 440 entries from 73 countries, with the top number of entries from Brazil, and 2 countries, Nicaragua and Côte d’Ivoire, joining SMA for the first time!
With the theme of “Moments of HAPPINESS, AFFECTION, or TEARS,” we stayed true to the importance of depicting emotions in manga. We understand it may be challenging, but mastering how to show emotions is something that every manga creator should strive to master.
The top four entries were extraordinary in depicting emotions, so its creators will have the chance to enter the MasterClass and be considered for our most exclusive project so far; the Artists Village Aso 096k!
We can proudly say that after every round you manage to surprise us with the unknown depths of your potential and passion for manga, and were very pleased to see a Grand Prix awarded after a long time. At the same time, it was difficult deciding the awarded works, since so many talented artists joined this round; for the next round we hope to see you grow even more. We suggest you use the awarded works as a reference, or you can find manga-making advice in our newest video series “Ｍinute Manga Tips!”
In addition, we are also incredibly thankful to receive so many of your replies to our Feedback Survey. Your invaluable suggestions will help us do our best to improve the audition and offer you even more chances to debut in Japan. In fact, the top awarded entries will be displayed not only on our website, but also on COAMIX’s manga app “MangaHot.” Other exclusive opportunities can be found on the SMA19 round page.
Thank you all again for your continuous love and support. We wish you all the best in your preparations for the next round!”
Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida
“The art level was astonishingly good! I believe this is because the international creator community exchanges comments and feedback about each others works, which is why not just few entries have great visuals like in the last rounds, but the general quality of the entries is so high. We could feel your huge effort to have the pages as beautiful as possible, so thank you very much for your hard work. We cannot wait to judge the same amount of great entries in SMA19!”
Creator: City Hunter, etc.
“This time, the amount of emotions that the creators added inside each page was extremely powerful. I could feel how much passion and dedication each of the entrants dedicated to each single panel. I want to tell the entrants that didn’t receive the award they hoped for to not give up and to keep on trying until you reach the MasterClass, so that you can be professionally guided by us to create even more emotional works.”
Co-Creator: Fist of the North Star, etc.
“The art and personal style of the entrants have improved incredibly since the last few rounds. However, sometimes I had difficulties understanding the endings of certain entries. I think the creators are thinking too widely when creating manga for SMA: you only have up to 17 pages and no dialogues to tell your story. Please keep it simple and you will be receive higher awards next time!”
Creator: Yoroshiku Mecha-Doc, etc.
“SMA18 was a difficult round to judge because of the great amount of extremely good entries. On the other hand, another reason why it was difficult to judge was because some of the finalists had a very limited number of pages in their entries, even though the maximum number of pages is just 17. This prevented me to fully understand their potential, since their entries were short yet full of information. Please draw more pages with a simpler story in SMA19!”
Creator: Koroshi-ya Menkichi (Menkichi the Avenger), etc.
“The number of entries have decreased this time for numerous factors influenced by worldwide situations, but I must admit that this round is perhaps the one with the most high-quality entries. Not only creators’ art style, but also their paneling and storytelling have improved. I’m looking forward again for this standard of quality for entries from even more people next time: we want to you all to receive as many Grand Prix awards as possible!”
CEO, COAMIX Inc.
Author: Keiji’s Kabuki Adventure, etc.
(Former Chief Editor, Weekly Shonen Jump)
“The quality of the drawing is incredible as always. We as an editorial department mostly care about the impression that the works leave on us, and if they make us feel like we want to read more from this creator. That being said, you don’t have to worry about your style or composition at this stage; it will be with our editorial support that you’ll be able to debut and work in Japan. For the moment focus on creating entries that can at least leave that “something” on the readers, and the rest will be done together with us!”
Publications: Record of Ragnarok, etc.
GRAND PRIX RUNNER-UP
EXCELLENCE AWARD RUNNER-UP
To Be Featured in Monthly Comic ZENON
SMA Editorial Dept. Award