The results of the Manga Jiman 2014 Competition were announced at a reception held at the Embassy of Japan on Friday 6 March 2015. The major manga-writing competition, now in its eighth year, continues to grow in popularity and unearth young, upcoming manga artists in the UK.
The first prize was awarded to Lorenzo Fruzza for his entry ‘Cogs’. Comic artist, Ilya, one of the five judges of the competition, commented that the winning entry contained “a boy, a girl, a bike - what's not to like? Lorenzo’s entry was a marvel of a short story, delivering a sucker punch straight to the heart. Emotionally powerful, while at the same time expertly told: starkly effective, well-presented, neat and efficient in both character design and pacing - a deserving winner from a strong field for its overall clarity and originality“.
‘Cub’, by Sophia Sycamore, received the runners-up prize while ‘No Moment the Same’ by Kieran Chong was placed third.