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The Artists Village Insider #04 – Inside The Art Studio

Hello, everyone! Today, we’ll be taking a closer look inside the Art Studio on the 2nd floor of the Artists Village Aso 096k. But before we do that, we, the SMA Editorial Department, would like to wish you a great 2022. We hope that the new year brings you a lot of inspiration for your next masterpieces! We want you to bring your best ideas to life and share them with the world through the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®. And in case you’re wondering what we wish to do this year…phew, a lot of things, but most of all, we simply want to discover more awesome manga from YOU!

Speaking of great manga, let’s check out the rest of the Art Studio! In the previous article, we learned about the Japanese manga creators who already work and create here, and about their unique experiences in the Artists Village. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look around the studio. Here you’ll find the personal collection of the manga creators at the Artists Village, as well as internationally translated and published COAMIX’s works such as “Record of Ragnarok,” “Chiruran Shinsengumi Requiem,” “Unsung Cinderella,” “Somali and the Forest Spirit,” and more. Among these, is there any manga in particular that you wish to see translated into your own language? 🙂 

Moreover, we also have a very dear collection of works from the SMA MasterClass members! On the counter, you’ll find a masterpiece made by Vietnamese MasterClass member Jeet Zdung, who portrayed his visit to Takamori during the 2018 Kumamoto International Manga Camp. You can also see “Takamori Memory” online here! We’re very proud to have works from literally all over the world on display, and we are eager to fill it up with even more manga in the future!

Right in the middle of our studio we have a large statue of the pen that was used during the Kumamoto International Manga Award Festival, where the visitors could also enjoy the exhibition of works from SMA14; we’re already looking forward to the next opportunity to exhibit your next masterpieces! Next to the pen you’ll find an open space with multiple seats that can be used freely for lengthy discussions with the editors, discussing new ideas, or figuring out how to make the story more appealing. Or, it can be simply used as a space where you can take a small break from work and relax by reading your favorite manga (digital or paper)!

The Art Studio was primarily created to serve as a working space for manga creators. However, this is also where the SMA Editorial Department operates and is making sure that everything related to the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® runs smoothly. Entering into the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® means there’s surely no time to rest! In order to keep the manga entertainment industry rolling, there’s plenty of things to do. Well, we’re sure you know that as well, considering that the deadline for SMA17 is just around the corner! Do you have January 31 marked, underlined, and highlighted well enough?

With today’s article, we’ll be wrapping up the introduction to the Art Studio and in the next article we’ll be introducing you to the other side of the Artists Village – it’s called the Artists Village for a reason, after all! You might have noticed that we’re sharing the Artists Village here with an all-female theater group called the “096k Kumamoto Drama Company.” I’m sure you might find it a little strange at first, thinking “What do theater and manga have in common?” One thing that’s safe to say is that both aim to entertain people! If you caught a glimpse of our most recent video, then you probably already know the three actresses who showed you around the village: Sayuki Katayama, Ako Taniguchi, and Haruhi Yano.

If your curiosity about the Artists Village still isn’t satiated, you can check out the official website to read the interview with the creators of the Artists Village and the artists who already work here! In the next article we’ll focus on the theater group and learn more about the concept behind it. After all, their work is based on the manga “Keiji’s Kabuki Adventure” created by none other than two of COAMIX’s creators, Nobuhiko Horie and Tetsuo Hara-sensei, and drawn by rising manga artist star Masato Deguchi-sensei!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest article from Kumamoto Reporter about the great manga artists that are in one way or another connected to the prefecture of Kumamoto!