Rats. Apologies to our regular readers, but I’ve totally missed mentioning this year’s Manga Jiman competition – the Embassy of Japan‘s quest to find the best creators of comic short-stories, celebrating its tenth year.
The competition, which unfortunately closes on 24th October 2016 so you’ll need to get drawing fast, has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page, for entrants aged between 11 and 13 (see details below) and Manga Jiman, a short story told across six to eight pages for anyone aged 14 or over.
Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story referring to this year’s theme ‘Sights of Japan’. Your story does not need to be set in Japan but must make a reference, written or visual, to a location or everyday scenes / imagery of the country.
So what is the Embassy of Japan looking for? Drawings of characters with big eyes and crazy hair? Not necessarily. The judges are looking for originality, good storytelling, artistic ability and style. If you read winning entries from previous years here you will see a variety of styles and innovations.