Kyoto Seika University to launch a new interactive community website called “Mangaku”. The web page will be all about manga and not just any manga, but the one created by the amateurs themselves. It will have nothing in common with scanlation groups and illegal spreading of copyrighted materials. It will be the place for true artists, but still unsigned with a producer, to share their works and give feedback on other users’. The University’s idea is to help beginning artists and authors and also promote the manga they create. Learning, studying and experience are three of the most important keywords in this project.
The submitted manga will not only get the feedback of other users, but also the university’s Manga art faculty, which is mainly notable Japanese manga artists, as well as acknowledged mangaka Keiko Takemiya, famous for her works To Terra, Terra e…~Aoki Koubou no Kiss~ , Kaze to Ki no Uta and more Toward the Terra anime movie is based on her works. There will also be competitions and contests for the ones willing to win something very valuable (yet, there is no specific information about the contests themselves).
The Kyoto Seika University’s Faculty of Manga is the first ever to be created specifically for this art in the world. It has been active since 2006, but before its special separation as a faculty, it manga and animation have been studied in the university for over 40 years.
This will surely be something very interesting and useful. I would be one of the first to visit it!
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