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Award ceremony for the "2nd KITAKYUSHU INTERNATIONAL MANGA COMPETITION!" Talks from famous manga artists and a TV show recording!

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Four frame manga relay be featured on the TV program "Ohho - Gohho (Van Gogh) -mitai ni Iuna!! -"

The second "KITAKYUSHU INTERNATIONAL MANGA COMPETITION" was even bigger in size and scale than last year's edition! The 2017 contest was a huge triumph, welcoming 1,060 applications from 22 countries and regions across the world.

This year's awards competition also saw a new junior division established, providing young manga artists with the opportunity to spread their wings and take their first steps into the industry. A special asianbeat FUKUOKA, JAPAN award was also set up as one of the sub-categories! A ceremony will be held at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA on Sunday 21st January 2018 to announce the winners and celebrate the success of the competition. The event will also feature a number of talks from popular manga artists, including Fukuoka-native Tochi Ueyama, Mutsumi Hagiiwa, and Yuma Komatsu (Editorial Department at Kodansha's Weekly Morning).

The popular TVQ program "Ohho - Gohho (Van Gogh) mitai ni Iuna!! -" will be recording at the event. One of the attractions they are set to cover is going to be called "Gasaku! 4 Koma Manga-tabi" (Collaboration! Four Frame Manga Trip). This fun segment will see a group of four young manga artists improvise and take it in turns to sketch scenes for a four-frame cartoon strip.

Entry to the award ceremony and special commemorative event at the "Second KITAKYUSHU INTERNATIONAL MANGA COMPETITION" is free. Organizers will begin accepting reservations from 11:00 on Monday 18th December 2018! For more details, please check the information box below. (Editorial Dept. Sassy)


[Date] Sunday 21st January 2018 14:00~17:00
[Venue] RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA 3F "Crystal" (2-14-2 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-city)
[Admission] Free
[Capacity] 180
Awards Ceremony (14:00 to 14:30)
(1) Greetings from the organizers
(2) Award ceremony & Comments from the judging panel
* Leiji Matsumoto and the other members of the judging panel are set to appear at the awards ceremony alongside the competition winners.
Commemorative Event
(3) Talk session (14:35 to 15:15)
* The winning works will be shown to the audience, while three of the judges share their thoughts and provide their analysis of the pieces.
Featuring: Tochi Ueyama, Mutsumi Hagiiwa, and Yuma Komatsu
Co-ordinator/overseen by: Tomoyuki Omote (researcher at Kitakyushu Manga Museum)
(4) Public recording of "Ohho - Gohho (Van Gogh) mitai ni Iuna!! -" (15:30 to 17:00)
* TheTV recording will feature a fun segment that will see a group of popular online manga artists improvise and take it in turns to sketch scenes for a four-frame cartoon strip.
Featuring: Shintaro Oho, Nyaromeron, Hikaru Tanaka, and Chiaki Harada

Inquiries / Applications: Kitakyushu Manga Museum (*Closed Tuesdays)
Telephone bookings will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis from 11:00 on Monday 18th December (093-512-5077).

Official Website (about the ceremony): http://www.ktqmm.jp/manga_news/9187 *Available in Japanese at the moment

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