International Comic/Manga School Contest

Created by Toru Terada

This manga, comic and illustration contest is open to students enrolled in an Art/Design school, technical/vocational school, school art club, or extracurricular art program. Submit your work for a chance to win a cash prize, creative software, pen display tablet and even a chance for your artwork to be featured in media publications! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Contest theme

Gift

Submission period

January 30, 2019 – May 9, 2019 (Japan time)

Comic Category: An original color or black-and-white comic of 8–48 pages
Webtoon style comics are also accepted (min. 30 panels, max. 690 x 20,000 pixels)
Illustration Category: An original color illustration

You can submit artwork made with any digital or traditional tool or software. If you create your submission using traditional tools, please submit a digital scan of the artwork.

In keeping with the contest theme of “gift,” contest participants can get a free three-month license for Clip Studio Paint EX! A teacher must first register the school or program so that students can apply for this special offer. Please apply for your copy after your teacher has registered your school or program. (Applications open until April 7)

Free 3-Month License for
Clip Studio Paint EX

See below for submission criteria and rules.

How to enter

Prizes

Comic Category

Grand Prize (1 winner)

US$3,300 / 3,000 Euros cash prize
· Comic and illustration software Clip Studio Paint EX (or a code for GOLD worth US$219)
· Wacom Cintiq Pro 13

Silver Prize (2 winners)

US$1,100 / 1,000 Euros cash prize
· Clip Studio Paint EX (or a code for GOLD worth US$219)
· Wacom Cintiq 16

Bronze Prize (3–5 winners)

Clip Studio Paint EX (or a code for GOLD worth US$219)

Illustration Category

Grand Prize (1 winner)

US$550 / 500 Euros cash prize
· Illustration and comic software Clip Studio Paint PRO (or a code for GOLD worth US$50)
· Wacom Cintiq 16

Silver Prize (2 winners)

US$220 / 200 Euros cash prize
· Clip Studio Paint PRO (or a code for GOLD worth US$50)
· Wacom Cintiq 16

Bronze Prize (3–5 winners)

Clip Studio Paint PRO (or a code for GOLD worth US$50)

* GOLD is a point currency that you can use on Clip Studio ASSETS to download paid brushes, 3D data, and tones for your creative activities.

Entry Rules

Submission Criteria

Theme: Gift
You can submit artwork made with any digital or traditional tool or software. If you create your submission using traditional tools, please submit a digital scan of the artwork.

Comic Category
  • An original color or black-and-white comic of 8–48 pages
  • Webtoon style comics are also accepted (min. 30 panels, max. 690 x 20,000 pixels)
  • You can submit comics in any language.
  • However, you may get more likes if your comic is in English or another language understood by many people.
  • Accepted file formats: PNG, JPEG, CLIP (CLIP STUDIO format), less than 32MB per page
  • You can create your comic in any size, but we recommend using 300 dpi resolution for color comics and 600 dpi for black-and-white comics.
Illustration Category
  • An original color illustration
  • Accepted file formats: PNG or JPG format, less than 5MB.
  • You can create an illustration in any size, but we recommend A4 illustrations at 300dpi (2480 x 3508 pixels).

Entry Rules

  • Artists are free to use any art medium to create their submission. Submissions must be unpublished original artworks that have not won other contests and must be suitable for all ages. (You may submit artwork that has been published in fanzines or on websites that do not offer compensation for artwork.)
  • Contest entries will be posted online. Please be aware that entries will be displayed online and that supporting companies may contact you to display the artwork in their media.
  • The winning entries may be used in promotional materials for CELSYS, Inc and collaborating companies.
  • Text within entries may be translated into other languages to present the artwork to an international audience.
  • The following cases are not eligible for submission or judging.
    • - Content that infringes on copyright or intellectual property.
    • - Offensive or upsetting content.
    • - Other entries may be deemed inadmissible by the organizer. In such cases, the reasons for exclusion will not be given.
  • Entries will be displayed via Facebook in order of submission after the contest organizers have reviewed them.
  • Pen name, school name, country and artwork title will be shown alongside each artwork.
  • “Manga” contest entries should be submitted with all dialogue on a separate later so that winning entries can be easily translated. Please save your files with layers intact and without flattening the image.
  • A single applicant may submit multiple entries to each category.
  • Celsys may send information about sponsor companies to the school email address provided when registering.

How to Apply

A teacher must register on behalf of the school or program to receive a school ID for submitting contest entries. Students will need to enter this school ID when submitting their artwork.

School registration

  • To register, a teacher from the school or program should send the below information to the contest organizer (comiccontest@artspark.co.jp).
    Email subject line: School Registration to International Comic/Manga School Contest
    Please include the following information: Country name, school name, department/subject*, teacher’s name, e-mail address, phone number, school website URL, the name of the club or afterschool program*, school’s logo file*
    * Optional
  • The contest organizer will respond with a school ID for submitting contest entries. It may take a few days for your registration to be accepted.

    Teacher

    Contest organizer

How to submit entries to the Comic Category

Students should submit their work individually using their school’s ID.

  • Create a Clip Studio Account
    Please create a free Clip Studio Account to upload comic submissions.
    All you need is an email address to register an account.
    If you already have a Clip Studio Account, skip to Step 2.

    Clip Studio Account

  • Upload your comic
    Upload your comic to Clip Studio SHARE. Clip Studio SHARE is a electronic viewer for easily embedding and reading comics and manga.

    Upload your comic to Clip Studio SHARE

  • Submit via entry form
    Fill in the application form below and enter the URL of the entry published on Clip Studio SHARE.
    You will need your school ID when submitting your artwork.

    Enter your submission URL and school ID in the entry form

How to apply to the Illustration Category

  • Students should submit their work individually using their school’s ID.
    Fill in the application form below and upload your illustration.

    Student

    Upload your submission file and enter your school ID

Judges & Sponsors

Contest submissions will be judged by an artist panel and sponsor companies. Facebook likes will be taken into consideration during judging.

Judges

Cameron Stewart

http://cameron-stewart.tumblr.com/

Cameron Stewart is an award-winning comic book writer and artist best known for his work on DC Comics' Batgirl and Fight Club 2, currently living and working in Toronto, Canada.

Javier Fernández

https://www.instagram.com/javifernandez_comic/

Javier Fernández is DC’s exclusive comic book artist. Nightwing, Detective Comics or Green Arrow are some of his most recent titles.

Ken Niimura

http://www.niimuraweb.com

Cartoonist and illustrator. His graphic novel “I Kill Giants” was adapted into a live-action feature film in 2018.

Yoshiyasu Tamura

http://www.tamurayoshiyasu.com

Manga artist, illustrator, painter. He holds worldwide exhibitions and has recently released “Devil’s Relics” as a collaboration with singer Maître Gims, published by Glenat.

Photo by marfa-vasilieva.com

Sponsors

Wacom

Pioneer of creative pen tablets and displays which are being used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world.

SILENT MANGA AUDITION®

One of the biggest and most successful manga competitions in the world. Organized by Coamix, Inc., founded by some of Japan's most iconic manga creators, the competition aims to find, nurture and publish the next generation of international manga creators.

Comico (NHN comico Corp.)

Comico (NHN comico Corp.) is a comic/novel platform service optimized for smartphones with its vertical interface and full-color features. Comico was launched on 31 October 2013. It has over 200 serialized original works, as well as renowned works from other publishers.

XFLAG

XFLAG Studio is dedicated to creating thrilling and extraordinary battle-fueled entertainment that unites friends and families. As part of the mixi Inc. group, their business encompasses games, sports, anime, films, and live events.

Solmare Publishing (NTT Solmare Corp.)

NTT Solmare is the company that runs "Comic C’moa," one of the largest e-book websites in Japan. NTT Solmare's manga editorial department "Solmare Publishing" creates a variety of manga titles which appeal to foreign and domestic readers.

Coolmic (WWWave Corporation)

Coolmic is an online service run by WWWave Corporation. They deliver original comics and anime in digital format. They also accept posts from people who want to become comic artists.

No9 Inc.

With the mission of enriching people's lives through manga, No9 Inc. is a digital comic agency that strives to maximize the manga market and sales in the digital age through four business pillars: manga agency services, manga app development, crowdfunding, and tax return services.

eBOOK Initiative Japan Co., Ltd.

“MangaMon” is an Indonesian e-book distribution service specializing in Japanese manga. They also provide other entertainment such as event planning and the latest in Japanese pop culture news.

Contest Partners

SILENT MANGA AUDITION
World Comics Senbutsu
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