Result of "Comic Illustration International Competition"

Total number of application and Prize-winning works

■Total number of application

144 artworks including 9 artworks from 5 foreign countries as 3 from Russia, 3 from Ukraine, and each 1 from US, France and Ecuador.
*Including Japanese applicant who live overseas and excluding foreign applicant who live in Japan.

■Prize-Winning works

23 artworks got a prize including foreign applicants each from France and Ukraine.

Kobe Biennale Grand Prize a trophy, diploma and cash award of ¥500,000
Second Prize diploma and cash award of ¥100,000
Special Prize(4) diploma
Encouragement Prize(4) diploma
Selected(13) diploma

Exhibition period/Exhibition site

■Exhibition period

September 19(Saturday) through November 23 (Monday), 2015 (66 days)

■Exhibition site

Meriken Park(Inside the event tent(s))

Screenings/Jury members/Comments from jury members


June 13(Saturday)2015

■Judge members

John Hathway artist&scientist、JHscience
ABE Yoshihisa General Manager, Innovational Division, Computer Graphic Arts Society (CG-ARTS)
ANZAI REO figure producer、A-TOYS CEO
OOMORI Masao Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto Saga University of Arts
YOSHIDA Hiromi General Producer, KOBE Biennale 2015

■Comments from jury members

  • The works were richly varied and strong in quality, many successfully expanding the conventional notion of comic illustration, and contributing to the overall breadth of the entries.
  • I think the prizes justifiably went to excellent works equipped with both technical and artistic merit. The competition also suggested fresh future possibilities for the comic illustration genre.
  • That we selected an analog work for the Grand Prize also reflects our expectations for future digital works. I look forward to digital works that surpass analog realms by harnessing technology, instead of being dictated by it.