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Tips On Creating Manga From Shueisha’s Deputy Director of Shounen

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Last month, Viz and Shonen Jump announced a storyboard contest, where fans could send in storyboards for a manga and have them critiqued by Hisashi Sasaki, Shueisha’s Deputy Director of Shonen Manga Group and former Editor in Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump. At a Comic-Con panel, Sasaki did a live-critique of some of the submissions.

 

The theme for the storyboard contest was: “The summer adventures of a thirteen-year-old teenager who dreams of becoming a movie star in New York.”

 

One of the points Sasaki mentioned was to keep the number of panels per page to a minimum. “Most pros usually only use a maximum of seven panels per page,” Sasaki shared at the panel. You can read a transcript of his critiques for seven different entries at the link above.

 

Viz are still accepting storyboard entries until August 15th. Winners will receive a set of professional art supplies, professional feedback from Sasaki, and have their work featured in the upcoming Bakuman December/January issue of Shonen Jump. You can read up on how to enter and the various rules at this link.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.