Dutch Manga Awards

This year is the forth time the J-POP Foundation organizes the Dutch Manga Awards, three prices for the best amateur comics creations, influenced by manga or anime. Two prizes of € 250,- each are awarded to the categories Original story and Fan comics. A third prize of € 125,- is award for the category Short comics.

The purpose of the Dutch Manga Awards is to encourage and support the artists, but also to inform the Dutch public of their existence as we think some of the works certainly deserve the attention of a wider audience.

Eligible works are self-published printed works, sold or handed out at Dutch or Belgian manga and anime conventions. The comic must tell a story over multiple pages, though does not need to tell the whole story in a single episode. In combined publications each individual contribution is judged by itself and while the prize is attributed to the individual creator(s) of the story, the prize will be paid out to the group who organized the publication. The work must be available in print. It may also appear on the web, but work published only on the Internet is not eligible.

Make sure we have your work, go to our contact form and select Dutch Manga Awards as subject and tell us what works you have published in 2013.

The Jury

The jury for the Dutch Manga Awards 2014 consists as in previous years of three people: one professional Dutch comics artist, one editor from a Dutch comics publishing company and the chair(wo)man, a former doujin artists with knowledge of the Dutch anime and manga scene.

This year the comics artists is Floor de Goede, known among other works his autobiographic daily comic "Flo" in the Dutch newspaper "het Parool", the series "Zusje van..." in Tina from 2007 up to 2011. His bundles of comic poems won the "Zilveren Griffel" and his children-series "Sophie" won an award by the "Kinderjury".

Amin Gemei is the editor. He works for Dark Dragon Books, publisher of comics series such as "Assassin's Creed", "Avatar", "Dragon Age", "Game of Thrones", "Pandamonia", "Red Sonja", "Splinter Cell", "Tomb Raider" and "World of Warcraft". Dark Dragon Books is currently the only Dutch publisher with present in our Dealer room.

Our chairman is Marissa Delbressine, who has won 'only' two previous Dutch Manga Awards with her Yaoi works so making her chairwoman was the only way to prevent her winning a more Dutch Manga Awards. She is currently creating the seriess 'Ward' for Eppo magazine and "Streets of Europe" for the German magazine Comix and she makes animations for the Dutch news show "De wereld draait door" for schoolTV. Of course neither did we forget that she made two convention graphics for us.

The nominations

After long deliberation and evenings full of discussions, the jury has narrowed down the contestants to 3 or 4 remaining works per category.

Original Story

  • Hemelvluchten by Nelleke Schoemaker in the December Aniway nr 34
  • Moonbane by Nemesae in After Eight vol 5 by the circle Open Minded
  • My Highness by Brenna-Ivy in After Eight vol 5 by the circle Open Minded The winner!
  • Rose of Glass by Anna of the circle Pegasi

Fan Comic

  • A touch of air by Milou van Montfort in Cheesecake! Light 5 by the circle Cheesecake! The winner!
  • Satellite by Dara from the Vocaloid Remix by the circle Shiroi Hana
  • Scooby Doo by the circle Cheesecake! in the Abunai 2013 convention booklet

Short Comic

  • Asbest by Willem van Glabbeek by the circle Asbest
  • A geek's life 3 by Peter van den Toorn The winner!
  • Voor de Wetenschap by Thessa Blijleven
On Saturday 13:30 we will announce the winners as decided by the jury during the festival.

Eligible works

These are the publications currently known and eligible for the Dutch Manga Awards 2014. If you are missing your own work please contact us at dma (at) animecon.nl as soon as possible!
  • Abunai: Darkness Rising
  • Anime 2013: To Udder Worlds
  • Aniway: Maart
  • Aniway: Juni
  • Aniway: September
  • Aniway: December
  • Asbest: Asbest 1
  • Asbest: Asbest 2
  • Thessa Blijleven: voor de Wetenschap
  • Erasmus Comics: A Muse's Burden
  • Erasmus Comics: A Muse Unburdened
  • Centrum voor de kunsten Spijkenisse: Roodkapje en Blauwkapje
  • Cheesecake: Cheesecake Light 5
  • Koper Comics: Powerbeast
  • Koper Comics: Superhelden
  • Gato Magazine: Searching for Odyesseus
  • Mykey 8: Pages 3
  • Rooland Moonen: Sgt Bendbo I
  • Rooland Moonen: Sgt Bendbo II
  • Open Minded: After Eight vol 5
  • Circle Pegasi: Rose of Glass
  • Phantom Night: Paperself
  • The Poo Factory: Oogjes Tompouce
  • Shiroi Hana: Vocaloid Remix
  • Tea tales: Tales of Bluebury vol 3
  • Peter van den Toorn: A geek's life vol 3
  • Windmill Comics: de Stille getuige
  • Windmill Comics: de priester en cyclone
  • Windmill Comics: Nicky Tesla
  • Windmill Comics: UC Masters 3
  • Windmill Comics: Donar, god van de bliksem

Dutch Manga Awards 2014 Regulations / Reglement

1) The Dutch Manga Awards are organized by the Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur (the J-POP Foundation). The board of directors of the J-POP Foundation appoints an independent jury every year and gathers the works eligible for the prices. The decision of the will be announced on the Friday of the festival after the opening ceremony of Anime 2014. 1) De Dutch Manga Awards worden beheerd door de Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur (de Stichting J-POP). Het bestuur van de Stichting J-POP benoemt jaarlijks een jury en verzamelt in aanmerking komende werken voor de jury. De beslissing van de jury wordt op de vrijdag van het festival bekend gemaakt direct aansluitend op de openingsceremonie van Anime 2014.
2) The Dutch Manga Awards 2014 comprises two prices of 250,- euro each. One price is for original work: the "Dutch Manga - Original Story Award" and one for fan-comics based on existing characters: the "Dutch Manga - Fan-comic Award". A third price of 125,- euro is for collections of short comics: the "Dutch Manga - Short Comic Award". 2) De Dutch Manga Awards 2014 bestaan uit twee geldprijzen van 250,- euro bruto. Één prijs voor origineel werk: de "Dutch Manga - Original Story Award" en één voor fan-comics gebaseerd op bestaande personages, de "Dutch Manga - Fan-comic Award". Een derde prijs van 125,- euro wordt toegekend voor series van korte strips van minder dan een pagina: de "Dutch Manga - Short Comic Award".
3) Entries are eligible for these prices when they:
  • are a comic, containing a story,
  • are self-published (i.e. not by a publishing company),
  • have been drawn or written by someone with the Dutch Nationality or living in the Netherlands,
  • are primarily written in Dutch or English,
  • could be purchased in 2013 for the first time on one of these events:
    • Anime 2013
    • Abunai
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Tsunacon
    • Yaycon
The work is not required to have a recognizable link in style or theme to Manga and Doujinshi's, but this can be one of the criteria used by the jury to select a work.

Each entry will be eligible for only one of the prizes.
3) Om in aanmerking te komen voor één van de prijzen moet het gaan om werk dat:
  • een stripverhaal is,
  • in eigen beheer is uitgegeven (d.w.z. niet door een uitgeverij),
  • getekend of geschreven is door een Nederlander of iemand die in Nederland woont,
  • primair geschreven is in het Nederlands of Engels,
  • in 2013 voor het eerst aangeschaft kon worden op één van de volgende evenementen:
    • Anime 2013
    • Abunai
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Tsunacon
    • Yaycon
Een herkenbare link in stijl of thema heeft met Manga en Doujinshi's is niet noodzakelijk, maar is wel één van de selectiecriteria die de jury kan gebruiken om een werk te selecteren.

Elke inzending komt maar voor één van de prijzen in aanmerking.
4) The prices are bestowed on individual artists for individual work, but when published in a book containing collected work by a group (or doujinshi circle) the money will be paid out to that group. It is up to the group to decide on the distribution of the money. 4) De prijzen worden toegekend aan individuele artiesten voor individueel werk. Indien het werk gepubliceerd is door een groep (cirkel) en onderdeel is van een verzamelde uitgave dan wordt de geldprijs uitgekeerd aan die groep. Het is aan die groep zelf om de verdere verdeling te bepalen.
5) The J-POP Foundation will publish a shortlist of all eligible entries on www.animecon.nl before Anime 2013. You can request corrections and additions to this until the 1st of May 2013, by sending a message to dma (at) animecon.nl. 5) Stichting J-POP zal vóór Anime 2013 een shortlist publiceren op www.animecon.nl van alle werken die aanmerking komen voor de prijzen.  Correcties op deze lijst (werken die we gemist hebben) kunnen tot 1 mei 2013 verzocht worden door een bericht te sturen naar dma (at) animecon.nl.
6) Price winners are allowed to mention this on their work, as long as the year is clearly mentioned and the individual work that has won is clearly recognizable. Later publications by the winners that do not contain the winning work may not use the term Dutch Manga Award on the front side of the cover. 6) De prijswinnaars mogen dit vermelden bij hun werk, mits het jaartal vermeld wordt en duidelijk aangegeven is welk individuele werk gewonnen heeft. Latere uitgaven door de winnaars die niet een winnend werk bevatten mogen de term Dutch Manga Award niet vermelden op de voorkant van de omslag.
7) All other use of the term Dutch Manga Award is only allowed after permission is obtained from the J-POP Foundation. 7) Overig gebruik van de term Dutch Manga Award mag alleen met toestemming van Stichting J-POP.


If you want to submit work to participate please contact us through our contact form and select 'Dutch Manga Awards' as the subject or you can send a mail to dma (at) animecon.nl. Please remember that only works available in print in 2013 will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Monday the 19th of May


The awards will be announced at the Dutch Manga Awards Ceremony.


The usual rules apply.




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