Time Running Out for "Comic Zenon" Silent Manga Competition

“A story can be told without words. This is the true power of manga”

There's one week left for a very exciting, very accessible manga talent competition. Seinen anthology Comic Zenon, home of the works of greats like City Hunter author Hojo Tsukasa and Fist of the North Star's Tetsuo Hara is looking for work with a soul, but no words. Submit “A Manga Love Letter” by the end of the month and you could win both money and recognition.

“The homeland of manga, Japan, is seeking your talent!!”

Do you have what it takes to be the next manga star?
Read the following rules and regulations, to submit your work.


Theme: “A Manga Love Letter”

Whether sent to a lover, a spouse, a friend, or someone else, a love letter is a heart-warming gift no matter what form it comes in. A love letter need not be an actual letter. Express your love visually. Take that moment of sending or receiving a love letter and express it through a silent manga. That is the idea for “A Manga Love Letter”.

Manga Audition Rules

“No Words, No Story”
Submissions are judged based on the author's use of a manga artist's most valuable skill: performance. Please express the selected “one emotion” in a way that is uniquely yours.
No need to come up with a complex story. The important thing is to convey the selected theme to your readers. Visually depict your characters emotions without relying on a backstory and gimmicks.
Professionals and amateurs of any gender; all are welcome to apply!

“Dialogue is not to be used in the manga”
The challenge is to use only your talent at visual performance.


Respected professional manga artists will view your work!!
Tsukasa Houjou – “City Hunter”
Tetsuo Hara – “Hokuto no Ken” (The Fist of the North Star)
Nobuhiko Horie - Chief Editor, Comic Zenon. (Former Chief Editor, “Weekly Shonen Jump”)
and the Comic Zenon Editorial Team

The Prizes

A Message from Manga Masters to Ambitious Authors

Tetsuo Hara
They say the devil is in the details. In manga, the more attention you pay to the details, the more life your characters will have. It is this philosophy that has made Japan's manga culture beloved throughout the world. I look forward to fighting alongside the authors of the world.

Tsukasa Houjou
As in movies, a simple change of camera angle in mangas can make a scene fun or sad. Even with the same facial expression, it is possible to convey different emotions. I hope everyone will enjoy the “power of performance” that is the core of manga as they work on their projects.

Nobuhiko Horie
It's been over 60 years since an author from Osamu Tezuka's generation developed manga into a accepted form of expression. In Japan, manga has spread itself into new frontiers and many new talented artists have discovered themselves. Historically, manga has used the same flow as movies to express the essence of action and movement. Manga has the power to move people. This is the idea that was the foundation for this manga audition. Please test the expressive power of your country's manga.


The official site has nine examples, includes two master works





find the full rules and entry form at




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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