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Two International Manga Creators Finalists in Japanese Manga Contest!

SMA Editorial Dept. SMA Editorial Dept. 13/01/2023 5 min read
Two members of the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® MasterClass are finalists in Monthly Comic ZENON’s 25th Manga Taisho: monotone_ink from Australia and Laica Chrose from Brazil!   “Ephemera” (Japanese title: Kagerou no Natsu) is created by SMA16 Grand Prix Runner-Up and Webtoon creator Laica Chrose. The manga tells a classic boy-meets-girl story, but with a surprising twist: our hero is a boy that ages incredibly slow. Living in isolation, everything changes one summer when he meets a girl who is living on borrowed time and shows him the joys of the outside world. Was their meeting chance…or fate? And how will things end for these two souls whose time cannot be compared?

Read “Ephemera” here!

  “The Witch of Petrovsky” (Japanese title: Petorofusukii no Majou) is the latest manga from monotone_ink, the first international creator to have a one-shot printed in Monthly Comic ZENON after receiving the top award in COAMIX’s 6th Kyushu International Manga Award. The manga is set in a world where witches are hunted by the humans that fear them. The story follows Evelyn, a witch who is orphaned at a young age and vows to take revenge against humans under the cold, snowy sky of Petrovsky. However, Evelyn’s frozen heart begins to melt after a fateful encounter with Marya, a girl who selflessly helps others.

Read “The Witch of Petrovsky” here!

  “Monthly Comic ZENON’s Manga Taisho” (lit. “The Great Manga Audition of Monthly Comic ZENON”) is ZENON’s oldest contest where Japanese newcomers can prove themselves DIRECTLY to their future fans with a 39 page entry. Manga Taisho is not only judged by manga legends such as Tsukasa Hojo-sensei and Tetsuo Hara-sensei, but also judged by booksellers and the general public in order to evaluate the marketability of the entrants. Laica Chrose and monotone_ink follow Momo Sanse and Enewald as international creators discovered by the SMA Editorial Dept. who have reached the finals of the prestigious Manga Taisho, which allows you, the SMA Community, to READ and VOTE for their manga! Both Laica Chrose and monotone_ink’s manga will be available for review by Japanese and international readers from today January 13th until January 20th, 11:59 (JPN time) on the Comic ZENON website.  


1 – Read Laica Chrose’s entry IN JAPANESE* HERE

2 – Read monotone_inks’ entry IN JAPANESE* HERE

3 – Fill the form with YOUR name and vote for an entry HERE

That’s it!

We are looking forward to reading your opinions and reactions! *The English versions of “Ephemera” and “The Witch of Petrovsky” are scheduled to be published on the SMA website in 2023!
SMA Editorial Dept.

SMA Editorial Dept.