Manga Competition - Manga in/as Essay

Over the next four years (starting 2010) Asiascape will run a series of manga competitions.

The first, Manga in/as Essay - The Ox-Herding Sequence, was held in 2010 and was aimed at the exploration of the expressive potentials of manga in religious or philosophical terms with the 13th Century Ox-Herding sequence as the starting point.
Next to the online web-based exhibition (here), Asiascape has also made the winning entries available via its online Manga in/as Essay magazine

Manga in/as Essay publication

Volume 1, 2010 'The Ox-Herding Sequence'
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Volume 2, 2012 'First Contact'
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Volume 3, 2014 'Interpreting Kurama Tengu'
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WINNERS Manga Competition nr 3, 2014 - 'Kurama Tengu'

Asiascape is happy to announce the winners of its 3rd manga competition 'Interpreting Kurama Tengu'.
Each of the winners offered a unique and compelling graphic interpretation of the classic Japanese Noh play Kurama Tengu.

We thank all those who participated for their hard work and creativity, resulting in wonderful manga.
All winning manga and bio's of the artists are available our online publication 'Manga in/as Essay' on Asiascape's Issuu page.
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Excerpt from Elana Vitagliano's winning manga 'Tariki:Divine Intervention'

Prize Winners

1st place
Elena Vitagliano (Italy) - 'Tariki: Divine intervention'
More work from Elena is here:
- http://cargocollective.com/elenavitagliano
- Web page of her project called "Manga on commission"
- Facebook Page
2nd place (joint)
Brittany Partin (USA) - 'Wind between the pine needles'
Brittany has her own blog: San'in Monogatari
2nd place (joint)
Carl Li (USA) - Untitled
3rd place
Deanna Taylor Nardy (USA) - Untitled

CLOSED MANGA COMPETITIONS

Manga Competition nr 3, 2014 - 'Kurama Tengu'

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Following on the success of Asiascape’s first manga two competitions, which led to the creation of the ‘Manga in/as Essay’ magazines (see sidebar), Asiascape.org is proud to announce its third competition 'Interpreting Kurama Tengu'

For its 3rd manga competition, we invite manga artists, cartoonists, students and scholars to offer graphic interpretations of the classic Japanese Noh play Kurama tengu.
Contributors may interpret this task as creatively, expansively, or parsimoniously as they like: style, genre, and length may all be freely chosen. Contributors are encouraged to give the Kurama tengu a Science Fiction twist but this is not a requirement.

The text (or part of the text) of the original Noh play may be used if desired but is not necessary. The purpose of this manga competition is to explore the expressive potential of manga.

Euro 1000 in prizes, plus the best artist will be considered for commission for a follow-up project
(images: Stéphane Barbery and Tsukioka Kogyo)
NOH PLAY
The original script of the Kurama Tengu Noh play can be downloaded here [pdf].

More info on the play is on the Theatre Nohgaku blog (here)
DEADLINE
1 June 2014 - CLOSED

HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions can be on paper or in digital form (any standard format is acceptable, but PDF is preferred in the first instance, since it keeps file sizes under control). In the case of paper submissions, contributors should be aware that we may not be able to return the submissions, so they may consider submitting good quality copies. Pages should be at least A4 in size at submission.
Please also send a short biography along with your submission.

Manga Competition nr 2, 2012 - 'First Contact'

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Following on the success of Asiascape’s first manga competition, which led to the creation of the ‘Manga in/as Essay’ magazine (above), Asiascape.org is proud to announce its second competition in collaboration with the Political Arts Initiative.

As before, we seek contributions from manga artists, cartoonists, students, and scholars for an anthology and also for an exhibition (in real and virtual space). Contributions should take the form of a graphic essay; they should interrogate the theme of ‘First Contact,’ be this between humans and aliens, self and other, man and god, lovers, material and spirit. Contributors may interpret this task as creatively, expansively, or parsimoniously as they like: style, genre, and length may all be freely chosen.

Preference will be given to contributions that seek to explore the impact of First Contact on the politics of knowledge. But any treatment of First Contact will be considered.

Text may be used if desired (in any language, as appropriate – but please provide English translations), but text is not required. The purpose is to explore the expressive potential of manga. Entries can be accompanied by a textual narration/interpretation, but need not be. Winning contributors will be asked to provide such a transcript ahead of publication.

Euro 1000 in prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

Prize Winners

Prize winner
Nadj Yannick Werninck (NL)
Honorable mention
Izumi HIjima (Japan)

Manga competition nr 1, 2010 - 'The Ox-Herding Sequence'

For the first Manga in/as Essay competition, Asiascape called for contributions from manga artists, cartoonists and scholars (including students) for an anthology, and also for an exhibition (in real and virtual space). Contributions could take the form of a graphic essay; they should be variations on or interpretations of the classic ‘ox-herding’ sequence ( seen on the right), traditionally used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate the journey towards Enlightenment.
Contributors were asked to interpret this task as creatively, expansively, or parsimoniously as they like: style, genre, and length could all be freely chosen. Text could be used if desired, but text was not required. The purpose of the competition was to explore the expressive potential of manga.

The competition resulted in an online exhibition, hosted by Leiden University's Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC). The exhibition can be viewed here.
MEARC also generously awarded the prize money to the 4 competition winners.

OX-HERDING SEQUENCE
(paintings by Yokō Tatsuhiko)

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Stage 1 - In search of the ox

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Stage 2 - Discovery of the footprints

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Stage 3 - Perceiving the ox

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Stage 4 - Catching the ox

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Stage 5 - Taming the ox

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Stage 6 - Riding the ox home

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Stage 7 - The ox transcended

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Stage 8 - Both ox and self transcended

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Stage 9 - Reaching the source

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Stage 10 - In the world

Prize Winners

1st place (joint)
Patrick Sung & Victor Perfecto Camba (USA)
1st place (joint)
Paul Fordham (UK)
2nd place
Sébastien Conard (Belgium)
3rd place
Aimée de Jongh (Netherlands)
All winning and other submitted manga and bio's of the artists can be viewed online here.

2010 Call for submission details

(Please note that Asiascape no longer accepts submissions for this particular competition.)
in English
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competition guidelines

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