The Tezuka Manga Award is a long established tradition of Shonen Jump. With the amazing judges, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary. Having an overseas division was new to us, but we received almost 2500 entries.
We have selected 2 entries for the 1st prize, 2 entries for the 2nd prize, and 4 entries for the honorable mentions. We were able to discover a lot of amazing entries!
Final words from the judges
The overseas department held as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tezuka award has received diverse artwork from all over the world. We are happy to discover so many talented manga artist with amazing art skills and ways to tell their story. The entries had an out of the box thinking, and was free spirited, which all the judges admired.
On the other hand, being able to summarize the story within the limited number of pages, or the way to express the character's emotions had room for improvement. In the future, we hope the artists put more thoughts into how the manga looks like from the reader's point of view, and create manga that is easier to read.
We hope that there will be an artist that would eventually achieve a worldwide success, using this award as a stepping stone.