Manga giant Kodansha partners with comic strip giant Andrews McMeel to develop comic/manga/anime juggernauts

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When two giants in the publishing industry partner up, the industry notices. Even more so when they’re arguably the biggest manga publisher in the world and arguably the biggest comic strip publisher in the world.

The manga giant Kodansha has entered into a partnership with the comic strip syndicate/publishing company Andrews McMeel Universal in a plan to develop their next big hit – and to do it as a comic strip, a manga, and an anime. No, not one of those. All of those.

The two giants are taking on this project as part of the annual Script2Comic Contest, a competition run by Motor Content which invites comics writers, screenwriters, and authors to submit works to be chosen by a panel of judges to win one of four prizes that gets your work turned into comics and published.

“This partnership embodies our enduring commitment to discovering new talents in the world of manga and graphic novels,” says Kodansha’s director of the rights media businss division Yohei Takami. “We believe that this contest offers a unique platform for storytellers to bring their visions to life and potentially reach a global audience. As a leading publisher in Japan, we are excited to see the innovative and inspiring works that will emerge from this collaboration and look forward to bringing the winning entries to readers around the world.”

This year’s Script2Comic Contest grand prize winner will be made into a comic by Kodansha and published by Andrews McMeel’s AMP Comics imprint in the US. Further to that, the resulting comic will be actively developed by Kodansha as either a TV anime or a film anime. Third, Kodansha may, if it chooses, adapt the comic into a manga for publication in Japan and its other territories. The ownership rights situation and pay the winning creators would receive have not been disclosed.

The 2024 Script2Comic contest is accepting submissions now through June 30, 2024 at

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