Wikia Teams with Kazuo Koike, Yoshitaka Amano, and More on Collaborative Writing Project

Project culminates in appearance at New York Comic-Con in October

Wikia is putting together a really cool collaborative writing project that looks to bring fans and writers alike together with some true manga and anime luminaries. The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project pulls in the talent and guidance of Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub, Wounded Man), Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and Sin'Ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels, art for the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi manga), who will curate fully rendered illustrations and brief character descriptions for the community.


Producers Hiroaki Ikegami and Masao Maruyama (Ninja Scroll, Trigun) will oversee the project as executive producers. 


The Masters of Animanga kicks off on Tuesday, September 3 and comes to a close on Friday, September 27. When it starts users will be able to contribute to the collaborative story project, adding one paragraph at a time. Once one user is done, another user can contribute, fleshing out the story over the course of the month. The end result will be three different stories spread across subjects covering "Vampire, Samurai and Girls."


The aforementioned masters will be offering guidance from their careers through a series of videos hosted on Wikia prior to the start of the project. 


In addition to writing, users will also be able to upload and add their own art to the story, and the masters will provide commentary and guidance for that. It all builds up to New York Comic-Con in October, where those involved will attend an interactive panel to discuss the development of the story as the project progressed. 


All the fun will be hosted by the Animanga Wiki, so keep your eyes on it as we get closer to the start of the project this fall.


Thumbnail image is from Kazuo Koike's Wounded Man.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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