Manga Competition - Manga in/as Essay
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 (on the right).
Manga in/as Essay Vol 1
Winning entries 2010 Manga In/As Essay competiton
Manga Competition 2012 - 'First Contact'
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.
Manga competition 2010 - 'The Ox-Herding Sequence'
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.
(paintings by Yokō Tatsuhiko)
Stage 1 - In search of the ox
Stage 2 - Discovery of the footprints
Stage 3 - Perceiving the ox
Stage 4 - Catching the ox
Stage 5 - Taming the ox
Stage 6 - Riding the ox home
Stage 7 - The ox transcended
Stage 8 - Both ox and self transcended
Stage 9 - Reaching the source
Stage 10 - In the world