Dutch Manga Awards

This year is the sixth time the J-POP Foundation organizes the Dutch Manga Awards, three prizes 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 2015.

The Jury

The jury for the Dutch Manga Awards 2016 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 Kenny Rubenis. Currently he is known for his daily comic "Dating for Geeks" in the Dutch newspaper "Metro". He used to work as the assistant for Fokke & Sukke artist Jean-Marc van Tol, appeared on TV for De Wereld Draait Door and Koefnoen and is published in EPPO, MYX and Zone 5300.

Marc de Lobie is the editor. He is the president of the comics publisher Syndikaat, specialized in small press and works of new artists. E.g. Jodocus de Barbaar, Nicobar, Squabe, Victor & Vishnu and Zombie Hipsters.

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 works per category.

Original Story

  • Cotton Candy Latte by Lae Schäfer
  • Quest of Yin by Isabel Baele Winner!
  • Bitter by Valerie Chang

Fan Comic

  • Still waters run deep by Merenwen-Luinwee Winner!
  • Words unspoken by Nebula Circle
  • The powerpuff gophers by the circle Cheesecake! in the Abunai 2015 convention booklet

Short Comic

  • Ringeldingen II by Emma Ringelding
  • Tacticians Journey by Circle Pegasi
  • Blue Bird Days by Valerie Chang Winner!
On Saturday at 14:00 we will announce the winners as decided by the jury during the festival on the Anime Open Stage.

Eligible works

This is the list of publications currently known and eligible for the Dutch Manga Awards 2016:

  • Isabel Baele: The quest of Yin
  • Blue Bird Days: Game On!
  • Shane Brazen: Het geval denkste
  • Cheesecake! Studio: The Powerpuff Gophers - Abunai 2015
  • Dyrewolves: The Hidden
  • Grapefruit Tea: Levensloop
  • Gruijl: Are you my man
  • Helemaal Hopeloos: Splinter
  • Ronny Kazcor: Vorst & Vlam - Aniway 39
  • Merenwen-Luinwee: Still Waters Run Deep
  • Mesj Media: Team 010
  • Milou van Montfort: Back to Anime - Aniway 40
  • Nebula Circle: Words Unspoken
  • Circle Pegasi: Tacticians Journey
  • Martijn Pronk: Pawns
  • Emma Ringelding: Dagrust
  • Emma Ringelding: Ringeldingen #2
  • Lae Schäfer: Cotton Candy Latte
  • Kevin Sezgin: Een man loopt een steeg in - Aniway 41
  • Yasmin Sheikj: Luna Vampire
  • Studio Sjambar: De Nachtkeizer
  • Davey Slootjes: Yokai Mysteries - Aniway 42
  • SwordQuest Comics: Akuma
  • SwordQuest Comics: Blindsided by Life - 1 Mother's love
  • SwordQuest Comics: Sword Quest Volume 1
  • Tamago: Flowerboy
  • Tea Tales: Bitter
  • Nikki de Vos: Vio's tiny Kingdom Hearts Fanbook
  • Windmill Comics: Captain Roffa vs Admiraal A'dam
  • Windmill Comics: Donar God van de Bliksem
  • Windmill Comics: Donar God van de Bliksem: De toorn van Darking!
  • Windmill Comics: Durfal
  • Windmill Comics: Kid Remington: Vogelvrij
  • Windmill Comics: Muse: Through a mirror darkly
  • Windmill Comics: UC Masters: in de armen van de vijand
  • YG-Promoties: Grueson

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 2016 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 prizes. The decision of the will be announced on the Saturday of the festival at the Anime Open Stage. 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 zaterdag van het festival bekend gemaakt op het Anime Open Stage.
2) Each year the Dutch Manga Awards comprises two prizes of 250,- euro each. One prize 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 prize of 125,- euro is for collections of short comics: the "Dutch Manga - Short Comic Award". 2) De Dutch Manga Awards bestaan elk jaar 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 een pagina of minder: de "Dutch Manga - Short Comic Award".
3) Publications are eligible for one of these prizes only 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 or Belgian Nationality or living in the Netherlands,
  • where not partly created by (former) DMA jury members,
  • are primarily written in Dutch or English,
  • could be purchased in the year before the festival for the first time on one of these events:
    • AnimeCon
    • Abunai
    • Dutch Comic Con
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Imagicon
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Stripdagen Haarlem
    • Tsunacon
    • Yaycon
  • or were published in the Aniway (other magazines are decided on a case by case basis).
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 Belg of iemand die in Nederland woont,
  • gemaakt is zonder betrokkenheid van (voormalige) DMA jury leden,
  • primair geschreven is in het Nederlands of Engels,
  • het jaar voor het festival voor het eerst aangeschaft kon worden op één van de volgende evenementen:
    • AnimeCon
    • Abunai
    • Dutch Comic Con
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Imagicon
    • Japan Expo Brussel
    • MGC Experience
    • Nishicon
    • Stripbeurs Breda
    • Stripdagen Gorkum
    • Strpdagen Haarlem
    • Tsunacon
    • Yaycon
  • of dat in de Aniway geplaatst is (andere tijdschriften worden van geval tot geval beoordeeld).
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 prizes 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 each year's festival. You can request corrections and additions to this list until the 6 weeks before the festival, by sending a message to dma (at) animecon.nl. 5) Stichting J-POP zal vóór elk festival 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 6 weken voor het fesitval 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.


Not required.


The usual rules apply.


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