Tokyopop's 5th Rising Stars of Manga competition is underway. Submissions ended Feb. 15 and now the selection process has begun. The 5th installment of RSOM is different, though. This time they are also including a People's Choice Award. Of all the submissions, the Tokyopop editors picked the top 20 finalists which will then be posted on their website for visitors to vote on. From these 20 finalists,the top 5 winners of the competition will be selected. Prizes for these winners include $$ and the opportunity to pitch a series for publication. A total of 8 stories (top 5 + 2 honorable mentions + the people's choice) will be selected to be published in an anthology and sold all over the world.
The reason I'm posting is that I shared the first 5 pages with you back in November and now the project that Josh Elder and myself created, "Mail Order Ninja", has been selected in the top 20 and the entire story is posted on their website. Josh created and wrote the script and I did all the production work (layouts, pencils, inks, greyscale, letters).
I would like to invite you to visit the Tokyopop website and vote for your favorite (preferably Mail Order Ninja )
The voting runs 3/11 - 3/18
These are the 5 pages I shared in Nov.