Dutch Manga Awards

This year is the fifth 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 2014.

The Jury

The jury for the Dutch Manga Awards 2015 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 Aimée de Jongh, known among other works for her daily comic "Snippers" in the Dutch newspaper "Metro", and her recent graphic novel "De terugkeer van de wespendief", but better known to us as a previous Dutch Manga Awards contestant.

Silvio van der Loo is the editor. He is the president of Silvester, publisher of comics series such as "Okko", "Bone", "Walking Dead", "Donjon", "Gilles de Geus", "Edelweiss", "Skydoll" and "De Legendariërs". Silvester will also be present in our Dealer room for the first time this year.

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 more Dutch Manga Awards. She is currently creating the series 'Ward' for Eppo magazine and "Streets of Europe" for the German magazine Comix and she has made animations for schoolTV and DWDD. 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

  • The mirror master by Marcitach in Feeding the soul van CrackBrained Doujinshi The winner!
  • A song called city by Rik Willemen
  • Bloemen bloeiend in de lucht by Noriko Aoki alias Tokyo Doll

Fan Comic

  • Favourable Prospects by Debby Pelgröm by Nebula Doujinshi The winner!
  • Where is Walder by Mari & Shanna
  • AbunHigh by the circle Cheesecake! in the Abunai 2014 convention booklet

Short Comic

  • Over eten by Thessa Blijleven
  • Voor de Wetenschap 2 by Thessa Blijleven
  • Ringeldingen by Emma Ringelding The winner!
  • Squabe by Abe Borst
On Saturday at 13:30 we will announce the winners as decided by the jury during the festival.

Eligible works

This is the list of publications currently known and eligible for the Dutch Manga Awards 2015:

  • Noriko Aoki: The flowers blooming in the sky
  • Avontuur Classics / Windmill: Nicky Tesla
  • Thessa Blijleven: Over eten
  • Thessa Blijleven: Switch - Roze bril (Aniway)
  • Thessa Blijleven: Voor de wetenschap
  • Abe Borst: Squabe
  • Meinder Buynink: Vindt ie grappig 5
  • Cheesecake: Abunai 2014
  • CrackBrained: Feeding the soul
  • Erasmus Comics: Muse in a Gilded Cage
  • Koper Comics: Superhelden 1 t/m 12
  • Natalie Man: Vertouwen (Aniway)
  • Mari: Mari's grote reis
  • Mari: Where is Walder
  • Merenwen-Luinwee: BoBoPootjes en het eekhoorn avontuurl (Aniway)
  • Mesj Media: Robinson Mesj 1 & 2
  • Mesj Media: De pioniers / Sword Quest
  • Nebula: Favourable Prospects
  • Niwi: Inkooptoppers 2
  • Kitty van Oosten: Doorn en Veren
  • Emma Ringelding: Ringeldingen
  • Rik Willemen: A song called city
  • Windmill / Hip Comics : De vleermuis
  • Windmill / Hip Comics : De stille getuige
  • Windmill / Hip Comics : T.o.o.
  • Windmill / Sheriff Classics: Daniel Boone
  • Windmill / Sheriff Classics: Durango Kid
  • Windmill / Sheriff Classics: Viking Cowboy
  • Windmill / Super Comics: Captain Roffa

If you are not on the list and think you should ne please contact us at dma (at) animecon.nl as soon as possible!

Dutch Manga Awards 2015 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 2015. 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 2015.
2) The Dutch Manga Awards 2015 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 2015 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 2014 for the first time on one of these events:
    • Anime 2014
    • Abunai
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Imagicon
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Stripdagen Haarlem
    • 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 2014 voor het eerst aangeschaft kon worden op één van de volgende evenementen:
    • Anime 2014
    • Abunai
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Imagicon
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Strpdagen Haarlem
    • 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 2015. You can request corrections and additions to this until the 1st of May 2015, by sending a message to dma (at) animecon.nl. 5) Stichting J-POP zal vóór Anime 2015 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 2015 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 2014 will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Monday the 4th of May


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


The usual rules apply.




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