Rem, the artist for Tokyopop’s Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, won with her manga Kage no Matsuri. She received a $5,000 prize and had her story published in the November issue of Kodansha’s Morning 2 magazine.
What is it that Japanese manga has that American comics don’t?
“I think the artistic technique really sets the two apart,” rem said. “The American method of drawing comic books leaves you wondering what sort of style or feel they’re trying to express, as the look seems homogeneous between series to me.
“The method of having a separate person who pencils, inks, colors and edits the comic makes the comic feel less individualistic.”
She added, “I feel like you can really see the artist’s hand in [Japanese] manga.”
The contest attracted more than 200 entries from 30 countries.