Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to Gordon Harris The Art & Graphic Store, for sponsoring the prizes for this competition. We wanted to really mix things up for the comic competition this year, and 4-koma (also known as 4-panel comic strips), was an excellent way to refresh the Overload comic competition. More than 40 entries were submitted, which is a positive and encouraging response from our artist community.
The 4-koma format is fairly common in a variety of Asian publications, but can also be seen sometimes in Western publications, most notably as satirical comic strips in newspapers. It’s deceptively complex despite its simple appearance, and follows a logical progression called kishoutenketsu: establishment, development, climax, and conclusion. A story needs to be contained within the 4 panels whilst simultaneously fulfilling these criteria.
It was tough selecting just three winners for this competition, but the final judge Yun Kouga placed high merits on the following artists for demonstrating a solid understanding of the 4-koma format in their work.
Sponsored by Gordon Harris.
Grand total 41 qualifying entries.
Initial selection of 5 candidates was made by Overload graphics crew.
Final judging by our International Guest Manga Artist Yun Kouga.