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Manga-United Challenge 4

Hello dear members of Manga-united! I, :iconnsio:, have the honour to announce the 4th challenge info. I'll be in charge of the arrangements of this challenge, so if you have any questions, I'll provide the answers. Please read this challenge info thoroughly.

I'll discuss about the subjects regarding the challenge in following order:
0. Changes to the content and updated deadlines
1. Introduction
2. Joining the challenge
3. Challenge theme and rules
4. Submission guidelines
5. Schedule
6. Prizes
7. Participant listing
8. Questions and answers

0. Changes to the content and updated deadlines
Any edits to the contents of this challenge info will be highlighted here. Any information written in this section overrides anything that's written below.

[14/04/21]: Reminding that the final deadline is drawing near! 10 participants out of 17 has submitted bios, bio art and script so far.

[14/03/24]: The second deadline is over. 7 participants have already submitted their script, 5 have confirmed delays and the status of the rest is unconfirmed. The challenge escalates to the next phase, which is the pinnacle of the challenge: actual manga pages (and spreads). You have 6 weeks to edit and submit all your submission material. If you have delays or difficulties, please contact Nsio so that we can keep track of your situation and negotiate possible extensions to the deadline.
[14/03/15]: The deadline of the script is drawing near! Please follow the formalities of the submission guidelines to avoid making mistakes out of carelessness.
[14/02/24]: The first deadline is over. Half of the participants (10/20) have submitted their bios/bio art, two participants have little delays, while the status of 8 participants is still unclear. The challenge escalates to the next phase, which is script writing. You have 4 weeks to write the script, so get going! Although you can still make adjustments before the final deadline, remember to give enough time for the actual manga pages as well.
[14/02/19]: There were some talk about having animals as characters. I have updated the rules regarding this, so check out the bottom of this section and FAQ section for clearance.
[14/02/17]: There is small adjustment in the challenge info! You will find it at the bottom of THIS section! You can also find it from the FAQ section at the bottom.
[14/02/13]: FAQ updated. Check section 8.
[14/02/11]: Reminding that the character bios and bio art deadline is drawing near!
[14/01/27]: Joining to the challenge has closed. Although there are no changes to the deadlines yet, the deadlines will be visible in this section from this point onward. There are two clarifications added to the "8. Questions and answers" section.

Updated deadlines:
2014/01/26 Joining closed
-Next 4 weeks for the character bios and bio art


2014/02/23 The character bios and bio art</b>
-Next 4 weeks for the script submission


2014/03/23 The script
-Next  6 weeks for the pages and spreads submissions

2014/05/04 [FINAL] The pages and spreads submissions
-Next ~4 weeks for judging the entries

Updated Prizes:
2014/01/15:
-YKajitaka offers tone chibis of the main character or pairing from each manga that make it to the top three. Thank you for donating a prize!


Edits: Last edited 14/02/17

3.Challenge theme and rules:
-The characters should preferably be humans. The characters can be drawn as animals or other creatures, if it's just obvious that's only in their imagination OR you can emphasize the thought of "taking care of a child", even if it was between animal and human. If the entry fails to convey this, it will affect the judging. Having a cast consisting only animals isn't considered fitting the theme and idea of this challenge

-The characters need to be humans. The characters can be drawn as animals or other creatures ONLY if it's obvious that it's only in their imagination. If the manga fails to convey this, it will affect the judging.

1. Introduction

This challenge is about drawing a 10-page long manga, including character bios, a written script and page spreads. The challenge manga genre is Slice of Life and theme is Taking care of a Child. That said, the goal of this challenge is to create an intriguing manga about mundane everyday life. This challenge will put your abilities in test before going for the real thing. Consider this as a warm up for the upcoming challenge, which will be about drawing a mainstream manga, that could become popular like ”Attack on Titan”. I'll talk about the theme and submissions guidelines in greater detail in sections 4. and 5. (also see section 9. to see why the limit is 10 pages).

The participants will retain all the rights to their submission materials.

NOTE: At least 10 participants will be required for the challenge. Teams are considered as one participant. Should the number of participants fall to 9 or lower before the challenge begins, the challenge will be cancelled. This will likely affect our willingness to hold  the next challenge as well.

The DeviantART group :iconmanga-united: will be organizing the challenge and the prizes. The organizers are:
:iconkenshinro7: KENSHINRO7  Founder of Manga-United [JUDGE]
-Has past experience dealing with anime editors and studios.
-Writer/creator of Masterless Technique and Samurai Tophat one shot
-Will be judging the script and the manga from the publisher point of view.
-Will possibly enter the challenge to put his abilities in test, challenging other participants abilities and to take part to the community activities. Won't be eligible for the prizes.
:iconshinguamito: ShinguAmito  Co-founder [JUDGE]
-Responsible of background management in Manga-United
-Has been drawing intensively for 2 years and writing for 4 years.
-Has participated in 3 Manga-United challenges and also been part of organizing two of them.
-Has been judging one short story contest
-Favorite Slice of Life manga: Ano Hi Mita Hana No Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
-Jack of all trades: will put his fairly efficient critiquing skills in use when judging the entries both art and script wise.
-In charge of the gallery folders
-Any problems with submitting you material or general group related questions are to be directed to ShinguAmito
:iconnsio: Nsio Contributor [JUDGE]
-Has been drawing actively for 10 years, thus having considerable experience with manga drawing.
-Has drawn well received tutorials about drawing manga.
-Has participated one Manga-United challenge and one OC profile contest.
-Has been a judge in two contest: one art and one short story contest.
-Favorite Slice of Life manga: Nichijou, Usagi Drop
-Will be judging the art and the panel layouts. Views the submission objectively by considering the strengths and possibilities of the art and how it correlates to the story.
-May also join the challenge. Won't be eligible for the prizes.
-In charge of the arrangements of this challenge.
-All questions regarding the challenge arrangements, submissions, rules and such are to be directed to Nsio . Questions regarding judging policies will go trough KENSHINRO7 and ShinguAmito first
-If you want to donate prizes, contact Nsio .


2. Joining the challenge

In order to join the challenge, the participants must meet the following requirements:
a. Must be a member of Manga-United
b. In order to join the challenge, you must announce your participation in this journal.You may enter alone or form a team of two(2) persons.
c. If you decide to team up with someone, both you and your teammate must announce  your participation, with whom you are teaming up and your field of responsibility (Writer/Artist).
d. Must agree with the rules. (By announcing your participation, we expect that you have agreed with the rules stated on this journal).


When you have announced your participation, Nsio will check your membership, replies to your comment for confirmation and adds you to the participant listing (section 7.)


If you encounter Force majeure or you decide to drop out from the challenge for any reason, please contact Nsio as soon as possible. While we don't have hard feelings for those who drop out, we want to keep track of the active participants, especially during the joining period.


3. Challenge theme and rules

This time, your job is to script and illustrate a manga in ”Slice of Life” genre. We decided to go with this genre, because it takes quite a lot of creative mind to make something as plain as everyday life interesting. We will be providing a theme you will need to follow in one way or another. The theme will be:

Taking care of a child

That said, the entries must somehow delve into the life of taking care of (a) younger character(s). The number of characters aren't restricted in anyway: you may have any number of younger characters or caretakers interact with each other. The characters don't have to be related to each other either, so it's up to you to decide the relationships between the characters. The age of the characters isn't restricted either, with the exception of having at least one child who is 0-13 years old. You may however have that character reach his/her adulthood during the manga, if that's what you want.

The pace of the manga is for you to decide. It can be a split of a second, a part of a day, a whole day, weeks, months or years at your discretion. Just make sure that you can tell the story in 10 pages in the best possible way.

You will need to stick to realism to some extent. Using your imagination and creativity, however, isn't restricted in any way. You may have scenarios that aren't likely to happen or not strictly happening every day, but which could happen with a twist of fate. The situations can be crazy or super realistic however you see fit. You may exaggerate and elaborate the scenarios to illustrate the feelings and reactions of the characters or things that happen inside the characters mind. In this regard, fictional elements are allowed, as long as the actual story takes place in mundane world. Edit: The characters need to be humans. The characters can be drawn as animals or other creatures ONLY if it's obvious that it's only in their imagination. If the manga fails to convey this, it will affect the judging.Edit 2: The characters should preferably be humans. The characters can be drawn as animals or other creatures, if it's just obvious that's only in their imagination OR you can emphasize the thought of "taking care of a child", even if it was between animal and human. If the entry fails to convey this, it will affect the judging. Having a cast consisting only animals isn't considered fitting the theme and idea of this challenge.

The art style is up to the artists to decide. While the entry must stick to realism, it doesn't have to be drawn photorealistic. The pages can be colored, toned, monochromatic or black&white at the artists discretion. While the chosen technique doesn't affect judging, choose the style so that it fits the story and the atmosphere, because it WILL affect the judging. In other words, let the story go hand by hand with the art.

Your story can be funny, sad, lovely, deep, light, critical or anything you feel like. However, extreme violence or sexually explicit entries will NOT be tolerated, so scenarios involving things like torture, gore, pornography, sexual intercourse, child abuse, racial discrimination or offensive material will be disqualified. The age of participants may range a lot, which is why we can't accept such entries. You will also need to respect DeviantART terms of use. However, you may have sexual or violent themes if they aren't directly presented in the entry and/or they are essential to the story. Such cases could be educational situations, non-erotic nudity such as bathing and experiences from past that affect the present, for instance. If you are afraid your entry may compromise the rules stated here, contact Nsio .

The length of the script isn't restricted, but we advise you to be reasonable with it. Elaborate the events as if the script was the only guide for the artist. Give your story a fitting name. You may not exceed the 10-page limit, nor draw less than 10-pages. The cover page and artists afterthoughts are optional and NOT inclusive to the page count and will NOT be taken in account when judging.


4. Submission Guidelines
The entries may be either digitally or traditionally produced original works. If you work traditionally, please make sure that you can document your materials with reasonable quality. Failing to do so may impact negatively to the evaluation.

The entries are to be submitted in the Manga-United gallery. You will be asked to submit the following documents:
1. Written and drawn character bios (gallery folders: Challenge Bios, Challenge Bio Art, respectively)
-You will need to introduce your characters in one way or another. All characters are to be included in one entry.
-You will need to provide drawn character full body shots OR portraits. All characters are to be included in one entry.
-Submit the art in any common image file format (JPG, PNG for example). Do NOT submit the original work files (PSD, SAI for example) or use lossless formats (BMP for example).
-There are no DPI or pixel size requirements. Keep the file size and quality reasonable.
-Coloring or toning is at the artists discretion.
-Submit the written part by using DeviantART inbuilt text submission feature.

2. Written script (gallery folder: Challenge Scripts)
-Submit the written script by using DeviantART inbuilt text submission feature
-Must include panel numbers and the panel counts per manga page.
-Must describe what's happening in each panel, dialogue and sounds.
-Even if you aren't teaming up with anyone, write the script as it was the only guide for the artist. In writer+artists teams, the artists will naturally be using the script to draw the manga.

3. Ten(10) manga pages individually (gallery folder: Challenge Manga Pages)
-Each page needs to be submitted separately.
-In case of full spread of two pages, submit the respective pages combined ONLY.
-Submit the art in any common image file format (JPG, PNG for example). Do NOT submit the original work files (PSD, SAI for example) or use lossless formats (BMP for example).
-There are no DPI or pixel size requirements. Keep the file size and quality reasonable. Make sure that the text is readable when viewing the submission via DeviantART
-Coloring or toning is at the artists discretion.
-Mind the live-area, bleed and cut-off margins (for reference only: ka-blam.com/printing/templates… )
-The pages can be either full-bleed pages or trimmed at the artists discretion
-Mind the odd and even pages.
-Pay special attention to the readability of your panel layouts.
-Reading orientation can be either from right to left or left to right at the artists discretion.
-Optional cover page and artist's afterthoughts are NOT inclusive to the page count.

4. All pages as spreads in one file in reduced size (gallery folder: Challenge Manga Pages)
-Submit your intended page layouts as if they were read as a manga book
-Mind the odd and even pages. (For example, if you intend your manga starts with one page instead of a spread, make it show.
-Mind the reading orientation.
-Reduce the size of the pages to 30% from the submission size
-The text doesn't have to be readable.The spreads are intended for viewing the overal image of the pages.
-Include all ten pages in one file. Stack the spreads on top of each other (5 spreads or 4 spreads and two separate pages. You may include the optional cover and artist's aftertoughts in similar manner. An example for reference only: lh4.ggpht.com/_Tpc5UMGvh8o/S7y… )


Label your submission in the following way:
MU Challenge 4: [work name][type of submission]

In place of  [work name], you will write the name of your work or shortening of it. In place of [type of submission], you write whether it's about the ”Character Bios”, ”Character Bio Art”, ”Script”,  ”Page #” (where # stands for current page number, or page range if full spread), or ”Spreads”.

For example, MU Challenge 4: GaDS Page 3-4 (Where GaDS is a name shortening of ”A Girl at the Door Step”)

In artist's description field, you must write the following informations:
[Bios/Bios art/Script/Manga/Spreads] for the challenge :iconmanga-united: is hosting.

(If the entry is script, bios or spreads: )
Link to the manga: [Link to the first page of your manga once it's done]

(If the entry is a manga page: )
Next page: [Link to the next page]
Previous page: [Link to the previous page from page 2 onward]
First page: [Link to the first page from page 3 onward]

My partner is [Insert :iconpartner-name: here if you are teaming with someone. Include this in all your submissions. If you solo, you can leave this part out.]

Rules can be found here [Link to this journal. Include in all your submissions]


You may write the information in anyway you find appropriate, as long as you include all the informations stated above in one way or another. You may write anything you want in addition to the required info. However, anything extra written in artist's description field are NOT taken in account when judging the entries.


5. Schedule
The submission materials are to be submitted according the deadlines. However, consider them more like a schedule to keep you from falling behind. You may do changes to your entries at any given time BEFORE the final deadline, just remember to leave a mark that you have edited your entries. Edits won't affect negatively on judging. Abusing this flexibility in order to procrastinate won't be tolerated, however. You may also submit your entries in advance, if you can work faster and you don't mind that people are able to see your work.

You are expected to follow the deadlines. Failing to meet the deadlines CAN impact the judging. Extensions to the deadlines are negotiable in an event of force majeure or if several participants ask for it. Contact Nsio directly for extensions.

Initially, the schedule will be as follows:
2014/01/12 Joining opens
-2 weeks for joining the challenges

2014/01/26 Joining closes
-Next 4 weeks for the character bios and bio art

2014/02/23 The character bios and bio art
-Next 4 weeks for the script submission

2014/03/23 The script
-Next  6 weeks for the pages and spreads submissions

2014/05/04 [FINAL] The pages and spreads submissions
-Next ~4 weeks for judging the entries

The submissions are to be submitted at 10 pm in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) at the latests. Please do the time conversion to your local time.

The schedule will be updated with exact dates once the challenge starts. Updated dates will be visible in section 0. Judging will also take some time, so the date of winner announcement will be announced once it's clear.


6. Prizes
Initially, the prizes goes as follows:

1st place:
-The manga will be featured in ”Challenge Winner Folder”
-1 year subscription to DeviantART
-Nsio draws your Slice of Life OC
-Tone chibis of OC main character or pairing by YKajitaka [DONATION]

2nd place:
-Nsio draws your Slice of Life OC
-Tone chibis of OC main character or pairing by YKajitaka [DONATION]

3rd place:
-~150 Da points
-Tone chibis of OC main character or pairing by YKajitaka [DONATION]

In addition, there are honorable mentions:
The Best Story (script):
-200 Da points by Nsio

The Most Fitting Artwork (works with the story):
-200 Da points by Nsio

Encouraging Teamwork:
-200 Da points bonus to the best artist+writer team that make to the top three by Nsio

Top artist mentions

Top writer mentions

These prizes are initial and subject to change. The possible prize split between teammates will be solved later. If you want to donate prizes, please contact Nsio


7. Participant listing
The participants are listed here:
1. :iconyumegiwa: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
2. :iconcisco9630: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
3. :iconkagety: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
4. :iconbundleofstring: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
5. :iconimaginationslave: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
6. :iconemo-wolfyes: Solo: |O|O|?|--|--|
7. :iconsilversoulsora: Solo: |O|O|D|--|--|
8. :iconykajitaka: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
9. :iconfallen024: Solo: |D|D|?|--|--|
10. :iconamaix4xnigai: + :iconca55i3: Team: |O|O|O|--|--|
11. :iconyoru-alice: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
12. :iconmarimariakutsu: + :iconlois1cute: Team: |O|O|D|--|--|
13. :iconzerostrife96: Solo: |D|D|?|--|--|
14. :icontaffya: Solo: |O|O|?|--|--|
15. :iconkurantob: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
16. :iconvarjostaja: Solo: |O|O|O|--|--|
17. :iconazumahigure: + :iconhatsuraikun: Team |O|O|D|--|--|
souporsheep [Forfeit]
Azalonozul [Forfeit]
ElleranS [Forfeit]
KumaRawr [Forfeit]
ZeSpicySeahorse [Forfeit]
EnsuMas [Forfeit]
Aerorwen [Forfeit]

Bios|Bio art|Script|Manga|Spreads
|O|= Done
|--|= Waiting
|D|= Delay/Difficulties!
|X|= Missing!
|?|= Status unclear!

Check the section 2. for info about joining the contest.

8. Questions and answers
Any important questions that arise will be answered here.

With the theme being raising children, does that also mean raising animals? Baby animals?
The characters should preferably be humans. The characters can be drawn as animals or other creatures, if it's just obvious that's only in their imagination OR you can emphasize the thought of "taking care of a child", even if it was between animal and human. If the entry fails to convey this, it will affect the judging. Having a cast consisting only animals isn't considered fitting the theme and idea of this challenge

Not all of my characters will appear in the challenge manga. Can I include them in bios anyway?
It's solely the authors' discretion to include characters that don't appear in the challenge in the bios and bio art. It can be considered as having deeper story behind the required challenge material. Just make clear which of the characters truly appear in the challenge to avoid confusion during the judging.

Where to submit the materials?
The submission materials are to be submitted in Manga-United gallery folders (submit them in your page first, then submit them to MU). See the section 4. Submission guidelines:
1. Written and drawn character bios (gallery folders: Challenge Bios, Challenge Bio Art, respectively)
2. Written script (gallery folder: Challenge Scripts)
3. Ten(10) manga pages individually (gallery folder: Challenge Manga Pages)
4. All pages as spreads in one file in reduced size (gallery folder: Challenge Manga Pages)


If there are any issues with submitting the materials, contact ShinguAmito for assistance.

What's "DeviantART inbuilt text submission feature"?
I guess I used rather vague wording here. Anyway, you can submit text  by clicking "enter text" link in art submission page. The link is right under the big blue button.

Spread? What is it?
If you open any book, the two pages you see in front of you are considered as one spread. That said, 2 pages=1 spread, 10 pages=5 spreads. However, if you decide to start with a half-spread (one page), there are 4 spreads and the first and last pages are separately.

Why 10 pages? There were talk about 15-20 pages!
True, we discussed about the possibility of raising the page count up to 20 pages. I do agree, that having more pages or including a page range from 10-20 would give more room for the participants creativity. However, there are various reasons as to why the page count will be 10-pages instead. Some of the reasons are:
A)It's part of the challenge: You will need to be able to adapt to the restrictions you are given and design your entry to fit them.
B)Fixed amount of work: everyone will have exact the same possibilities and limitations.
C)Fair judgement: when there are no differences with the page count, no discrimination between short or long stories will take place.
D)Uncertainty: While most people agreed with having 15 or more pages, many of them talk on other participants behalf, aren't sure about their own abilities and/or would still prefer having range instead
E)Labour: We believe, that you will have plenty of work with 10 pages alone. Manga drawing isn't child's play, not at all

I hope you understand that we need to have some sort of limits with the workload. This is ultimately for your sake, so that you won't be overwhelmed with the amount of work or be afraid of those with longer story than yours, not to mention the real life issues.
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Hello writer's and artist. Let's remember that our goal here is to not only post art and writing work.

But our goal is to post meaningful and memorable work.

Our main goal here is to produce a single top project that we all work on is a team.

This is what they do in Japan work together for the greater good of the project.

Now this may take some time. I want you guys and girls to be creative when sending individual pics or story concepts.

We will eventually work our way to the top after challenges presented by the group and other contest to help perfect story telling and artist skills.

The challenges and contest will be announced soon.

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:iconcisco9630:
Cisco9630 Mar 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My script is ready, I just need to type it and make a few adjustments. I'll upload it today
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:icontaffya:
Taffya Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i draw a cover page for the manga contest, that wouldnt count as a page right?
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ShinguAmito Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
correct. manga covers don't count towards the page count.
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:icontaffya:
Taffya Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay! thanks!
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ShinguAmito Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
you're welcome :)
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SMALL-TOWN-HEROES Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what's goin on up in here?
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:iconkenshinro7:
We are hosting a contest. hopefully you will be able to enter the next one.

Our next contest will be a mainstream one. There will be cash prizes and everything.
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SMALL-TOWN-HEROES Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you know when the next one will be before hand?
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:iconkenshinro7:
It will take place after this one ends. Well after the judging and everything. 
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Project-AYA Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to partake in the next contest or colab project you guys do!
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