January 9–April 20, 2020 09:00 (GMT)
January 9–April 27, 2020 09:00 (GMT)
Early July, 2020 (Tentative)
Entries will be accepted for the below six categories. The theme for all categories is “Promise.”
|Comic Category (Color)||An original color comic for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover). This is the most appropriate category for American style comics.|
|Manga Category (B&W)||An original black-and-white comic/manga for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover). This is the most appropriate category for Japanese manga style comics.|
|Bande Dessinée Category (Color)||An original bande dessinée for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover).|
|Webtoon Category (Color)||An original webtoon for all ages (sized 690 x 16,000 pixels).|
An 8-page black-and-white comic or color webtoon (690 x 16,000 pixels) based on the supplied storyboard. You may rearrange the storyboard if you so choose.
The storyboard can be downloaded from "How to apply."
|Illustration Category||An original color illustration for all ages (There are no size requirements).|
Please apply after reading and understanding the submission criteria.
Free 3-Month License for Clip Studio Paint EXContest 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. After your school or program is registered, the teacher will be given instructions for how you can apply for this special offer with your school ID.
Clip Studio Paint EX application deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020, 09:00 (GMT)
Note: If you already own Clip Studio Paint, you will be awarded GOLD for use in Clip Studio ASSETS, instead of receiving software.
Materials publishing and download site: Clip Studio ASSETS
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. (Paper submissions will not be accepted)
A teacher must register on behalf of the school or program in order for students to be eligible. Students will need to enter the school ID (issued when a school is registered) when submitting their artwork.
Please enter the necessary information below in the application form. The contest organizer will send a school ID via e-mail at a later date for submitting contest entries. It may take up to five business days for your registration to be accepted. School IDs issued for previous contests cannot be used. If you have registered your school for previous contests, you still must register separately for this event.
School name, type of school, teacher’s name, e-mail address, phone number, school website URL, school’s logo file*
* Logo is optional. Provided school logos will be displayed on the official website at a later date.
- Teacher's email address with school domain
- Business card or ID photo
- Document proving that you are a teacher
Participant School Registration
School ID sent by e-mail
Students should submit their work individually.
Clip Studio Account
Upload Your Work
Enter your submission URL and school ID in the entry form
Students should submit their work individually.
Enter your submission URL and school ID in the entry form
Contest submissions will be judged by an artist panel and sponsor companies. The results are planned to be announced in early July 2020.
Award-winning comic creator and artist Known for his work on DC Comics’ Batgirl, Fight Club 2 and more. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada
Shuichi Hiratsuka has worked over 16 years at Shueisha Inc. in the comics department, contributing on best-selling magazines like Super Jump, Grand Jump and Bessatsu Margaret. Hiratsuka was also in charge of “Bartender,” by Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo. He currently works in Shueisha’s digital department, developing new digital services.
Javier Fernández is DC’s exclusive comic book artist. Nightwing, Detective Comics or Green Arrow are some of his most recent titles.
Cork, Inc. CEO
After a successful career at publishing company Kodansha, Sadojima founded the creator management company Cork in 2012. Cork currently represents high-profile artists such as Norifusa Mita, Moyoco Anno, and Chuya Koyama while providing editorial services, copyright management, community managment, and more.
Shueisha is a publishing house that deals in everything from manga comics and fashion magazines to art photobooks and more. Among the more well-known items in their porftolio are weekly comics magazine Shonen Jump, Ribbon, and Bessatsu Margaret. Their weekly comics publications have birthed many worldwide hits, including One Piece.
KADOKAWA is a comprehensive entertainment company that is involved in a wide range of businesses, including book publishing, movies and animation. Comic Walker is a free comic site that offers many popular KADOKAWA manga in one place. From the latest media mixes to popular sci-fi comics, more than 2,400 works are posted here free of charge.
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.
Japan's largest e-book site. Amutus, together with production partners, is responsible for planning and producing Mecha Comic and the original comic brand “Amcomi.” Amcomi works are distributed on e-book sites in Japan and overseas, including on Mecha Comic.
BookLive! is a general e-book store selling manga, novels, magazines and more, stocking over 900,000 titles. BookLive! also offers over 10,000 titles to read for free, without even registering. Check out BookLive!’s easy-to-use interface with a free title!
Operator of Japan's largest e-book store, Comic Seymour. The "Solmare Editorial Department" is responsible editing the e-comics that appear in the store. Solmare Publishing is also now creating original comics that appeal to global readers.
Publisher of Monthly Comic Garden and operator of e-comic distribution platform MAGCOM. Mag Garden counts animation company Production I.G., WIT STUDIO and more among its group companies, working together with these partners in planning and producing anime series based on popular properties from their catalog.
Established in 1969 by Jacques Glénat, Glénat is a French publisher specializing in bande dessinée, manga, American comics and books on leisure topics (sea, mountains, gastronomy, cultural heritage, children and youth). Pioneers of manga publishing in France, Glénat remains the leader of this market today.
Ko-fi allows artists to receive money from fans of your art. Create your page and share it anywhere on the web. Fans can support you with a 'Ko-fi' (a small payment that is roughly equal to the price of a coffee). It's free to use. All you need is a PayPal or a Stripe account to receive payments. You can also post exclusive content, take commissions and receive subscriptions from fans.
Kana is a Belgium publishing house dedicated to manga which figures among the leader on the French speaking market. Created in 1996, Kana has built its catalog with bestseller shonen titles such as "Saint Seiya", "Detective Conan", « Naruto" or "Death Note" (among others) before expanding its offer with other types such as shojo and seinen titles. Kana’s goal is to promote the diversity and richness of Japanese manga form of art to the French speaking readers.
J-POP Manga is one of Italy’s leading manga publishers. Launched in 2006 by Edizioni BD, it represents a varied catalogue of over 3000 titles ranging from blockbuster Shonen manga (The Promised Neverland, Tokyo Ghoul) to some of the largest collections in the world dedicated to classic manga masters such as Go Nagai, Osamu Tezuka, Moto Hagio, Kazuo Kamimura and many more.
A monthly comic magazine released on the 18th of every month by Square Enix Co., Ltd., which will be celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2020. Known for titles like Black Butler, Horimiya, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, The Royal Tutor, and others. Gekkan G Fantasy additionally offers a number of serialized works that are ongoing now!
One of the largest and most successful manga contests in the world. Operated by publisher Coamix, Inc. which was established by renowned manga artists, it aims to discover, nurture, and publish the next generation of manga artists active internationally.
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.
Inspired by similar comics markets in Japan, CoAket is the first of its kind in Germany and is getting attention from local artists. Open twice a year in Hamburg, CoAket focuses on artist displays and publisher’s booths.
Super Crowd Entertainment GmbH is an event management company in Northern Germany. It holds the world's largest indie game developer booth, Indie Arena Booth, and a pop culture event, “MAG,” that covers games, comics, and all things Japan. MAG is held in central Germany. The company also supports many developers and artists.
Building the bridge between Asian pop culture and the rest of the world since 1997, TOKYOPOP stands at the intersection where tradition meets innovation. Producing, publishing and distributing manga from all over the world, we strive to create an exciting fusion of content for fans of all ages.
Cork is a Tokyo-based manga artist management and literary agency that strives to redefine the role of an editor by cultivating spaces in which creators and fans can connect and thrive together. They help creators expand their readership base worldwide through traditional editing and promotional outreach as well as providing various fanbase related management services such as reading events and lectures.
Tokyo Name Tank is a manga academy and lab that aims to support all aspiring manga artists from their first draft all the way to their magnum opus. With numerous award-winning and professional manga artists to their name, Tokyo Name Tank's classes include a introductory course where students create a 32 page-manga storyboard, individual Q&A sessions, and more.
The Japan Cartoonists Association was established in December 1964 as the only nationwide organization of Japanese manga artists at that time. It’s engaged in a variety of projects, such as research on comics, efforts in popularizing comics and comics culture, and comics cultural exchange with other countries. The group became a Public Interest Incorporated Association in 2014.
Manga Japan is an organization that aims to promote the development of manga culture and artists, contribute to society through the manga industry, promote international exchange and improve production environments for manga authors and others involved in the industry.
The previous contest, held from January 2019 on the theme of “Gift,” received over 1,400 entries from 639 schools in 67 countries around the globe!