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  • Listening to: Game Grumps Sonic Adventure Salt Edition playlist
  • Reading: Cujo
  • Watching: Sailor Moon Super S
  • Playing: Lost Vikings
  • Eating: deliciously unhealthy pizza
  • Drinking: wa-wa
So as many of you know, I decided to enter the SacAnime Manga Contest this year with "Magical Girl, Inc."

Here's the list of all of the entries for the Manga Contest for the Summer 2015 Manga Contest:

www.sacanime.com/?page_id=1089…

And here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:

www.sacanime.com/?page_id=1089…

While I am certainly happy that I won 1st Place, I really think that there were other entries that were a bit more deserving of 2nd and 3rd place.

My personal favorites for this year were "Alpaca's Friends" by Chibi Fang, "Noun" by Sid Sydelle, and "Nightfall" by Carrol N.

"Alpaca's Friends" had a cute storyline about the importance of valuing friends, and how even people with annoying tendencies can be good friends at their very core.  I like that it was set in a kindergarten, the perfect place for kids to learn lessons like that, especially through storybooks. 

"Noun" was a post-apocalyptic story with a very interesting and appreciated TWEEST at the end (which I won't spoil).  What I really liked about it is that it introduced the concept of artificially intelligent creations called Nouns (hence the title) whose existence was solely to provide their human masters with entertainment and cater to their wishes.  Sure, it's a little predictable that robots would revolt and drive humanity off the planet, but again, the TWEEST at the end is what I liked and really brought it together.

"Nightfall" also had an interesting message about inner beauty, though I wish the author would have emphasized it a bit more.  A girl doesn't have the courage to speak to her crush because she thinks that she's ugly, so she wishes to be beautiful.  A little fairy (who apparently is cursed to dwell in the human world until he does a good deed for a human) grants her exquisite beauty that lasts from "sundown to sunrise".  The author goes for a cold-open style intro, which I do not feel did it justice for all the elements it was trying to cover.  I truly feel that the first page would have been better utilized as actual panels introducing the story/plot, because it feels that the author only gets a bit of their story off the ground.

These three entries had their weaknesses, yes, but I still found them to be leagues better than what was picked for 2nd and 3rd place.

The 2nd place entry was "Only Human" by Janet R.  There's not so much story there, as there is an ongoing rant about the terrible things humans do.  The main character isn't so much a character as he is a soapbox.  But criticism aside, I like that the main character's goal is ultimately hypocritical...  He blames humans for all the terrible things they do to each other, how they're cruel, how they hurt each other endlessly and needlessly, and how he doesn't want to be associated with such a wantonly hateful race.  Robots, on the other hand, are perfect beings in his mind; they are not dictated by petty grievances or racism/sexism/etc.  He has two goals: to become a robot...  And to eliminate every human on earth after he becomes a robot.  So really, he's not into fixing the problem of humanity; he's only promulgating it.  Interesting premise, I admit, but I think it needs something else to strengthen it.

The 3rd place entry was "Going Out of Style" by Lemonylulu.  The artwork is phenomenal to a point; the artist opts for utilizing simplified "restroom marker" people outside of their fantastic artwork for their main character.  I found it a little jarring, especially in scenes that are supposed to be full of high-energy dialogue and accusations.  At first glance I was intrigued by the story, which seemed to be set up as "after you die, you have to go to a courtroom to prove that you were a good person."  But the main character isn't a person...  She's a fad.  So when a fad goes out of style, it essentially "dies."  From a graphic perspective, it's a stylish piece of work.  Unfortunately, I think the concept needed some work, perhaps with developing the main character's desperation to prove their worth by mentioning how people had once utilized her to define themselves/express themselves.  That, or perhaps the main character could have defended herself by explaining why she'd come into being or why her presence had spread throughout society.  But it doesn't really go that deep, and again, this is just my opinion.

Ultimately, I feel that "Noun" should have placed because I thought it had good combination of good artwork and story.  But that's just me.  If you've got the time to read these other entries, feel free to drop your two cents in here!
Magical Girl Inc Page 11 (End) by EnvySkort
Magical Girl Inc Page 11 (End)
And so, our story closes with a disciplinary talk and a chance at redemption.

This is really what I love about BB's character.  Sure she's silly and eccentric, but she sure as hell takes her position seriously and expects her employees to do the same.  She's more like a mom or a big sister than a boss, but that's why I love her.

I may do a few other stories for MGI in the future, and KiraKira Violet may show up again in one of them just to keep the continuity with this introductory story.  But either way, hope you all enjoyed it, and I hope that the folks/judges at SacAnime will enjoy it too.
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Magical Girl Inc Page 10 by EnvySkort
Magical Girl Inc Page 10
BOOYAKASHA, LOVE AND JUSTICE PREVAIL

INCIDENTALLY, THEY ALSO CAUSE MASSIVE INTERNAL DAMAGE.
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Magical Girl Inc Page 9 by EnvySkort
Magical Girl Inc Page 9
BB subscribes to the Wonder Woman way of handling large monsters : "Hit it till it breaks."
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Magical Girl Inc Page 8 by EnvySkort
Magical Girl Inc Page 8
Ah, this page.  This is where I put a small portion of the designs I came up with for the 31 Day Magical Girl Challenge, along with one or two new ones.  Have to flesh out the roster somehow, right?  Plus, I hate to have good character designs go to waste.
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EnvySkort
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Gonna draw till I die. And then, I'm gonna keep drawing until I die some more!

Current Residence: My epic 2-story cardboard box, NOW WITH LIGHTING!!
Favourite genre of music: Video game music, techno/house, trance, jazz
Favourite style of art: Colors! Lots of colors! And action! The body in motion! Also... CARTOOOOOOOONS!
Operating System: Uh.... Rock Star energy drinks?
MP3 player of choice: Just a simple CD player, thanks
Shell of choice: Snail Shell
Wallpaper of choice: Creepy stuff
Skin of choice: The skin I'm in, baby
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime
Personal Quote: "Oh goodness..."
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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Game Grumps Sonic Adventure Salt Edition playlist
  • Reading: Cujo
  • Watching: Sailor Moon Super S
  • Playing: Lost Vikings
  • Eating: deliciously unhealthy pizza
  • Drinking: wa-wa
So as many of you know, I decided to enter the SacAnime Manga Contest this year with "Magical Girl, Inc."

Here's the list of all of the entries for the Manga Contest for the Summer 2015 Manga Contest:

www.sacanime.com/?page_id=1089…

And here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:

www.sacanime.com/?page_id=1089…

While I am certainly happy that I won 1st Place, I really think that there were other entries that were a bit more deserving of 2nd and 3rd place.

My personal favorites for this year were "Alpaca's Friends" by Chibi Fang, "Noun" by Sid Sydelle, and "Nightfall" by Carrol N.

"Alpaca's Friends" had a cute storyline about the importance of valuing friends, and how even people with annoying tendencies can be good friends at their very core.  I like that it was set in a kindergarten, the perfect place for kids to learn lessons like that, especially through storybooks. 

"Noun" was a post-apocalyptic story with a very interesting and appreciated TWEEST at the end (which I won't spoil).  What I really liked about it is that it introduced the concept of artificially intelligent creations called Nouns (hence the title) whose existence was solely to provide their human masters with entertainment and cater to their wishes.  Sure, it's a little predictable that robots would revolt and drive humanity off the planet, but again, the TWEEST at the end is what I liked and really brought it together.

"Nightfall" also had an interesting message about inner beauty, though I wish the author would have emphasized it a bit more.  A girl doesn't have the courage to speak to her crush because she thinks that she's ugly, so she wishes to be beautiful.  A little fairy (who apparently is cursed to dwell in the human world until he does a good deed for a human) grants her exquisite beauty that lasts from "sundown to sunrise".  The author goes for a cold-open style intro, which I do not feel did it justice for all the elements it was trying to cover.  I truly feel that the first page would have been better utilized as actual panels introducing the story/plot, because it feels that the author only gets a bit of their story off the ground.

These three entries had their weaknesses, yes, but I still found them to be leagues better than what was picked for 2nd and 3rd place.

The 2nd place entry was "Only Human" by Janet R.  There's not so much story there, as there is an ongoing rant about the terrible things humans do.  The main character isn't so much a character as he is a soapbox.  But criticism aside, I like that the main character's goal is ultimately hypocritical...  He blames humans for all the terrible things they do to each other, how they're cruel, how they hurt each other endlessly and needlessly, and how he doesn't want to be associated with such a wantonly hateful race.  Robots, on the other hand, are perfect beings in his mind; they are not dictated by petty grievances or racism/sexism/etc.  He has two goals: to become a robot...  And to eliminate every human on earth after he becomes a robot.  So really, he's not into fixing the problem of humanity; he's only promulgating it.  Interesting premise, I admit, but I think it needs something else to strengthen it.

The 3rd place entry was "Going Out of Style" by Lemonylulu.  The artwork is phenomenal to a point; the artist opts for utilizing simplified "restroom marker" people outside of their fantastic artwork for their main character.  I found it a little jarring, especially in scenes that are supposed to be full of high-energy dialogue and accusations.  At first glance I was intrigued by the story, which seemed to be set up as "after you die, you have to go to a courtroom to prove that you were a good person."  But the main character isn't a person...  She's a fad.  So when a fad goes out of style, it essentially "dies."  From a graphic perspective, it's a stylish piece of work.  Unfortunately, I think the concept needed some work, perhaps with developing the main character's desperation to prove their worth by mentioning how people had once utilized her to define themselves/express themselves.  That, or perhaps the main character could have defended herself by explaining why she'd come into being or why her presence had spread throughout society.  But it doesn't really go that deep, and again, this is just my opinion.

Ultimately, I feel that "Noun" should have placed because I thought it had good combination of good artwork and story.  But that's just me.  If you've got the time to read these other entries, feel free to drop your two cents in here!

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TedFufu Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Congratulations on winning first place with your wonderful and clever Magical girl Inc. manga you entered into the manga contest this year.
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
-hugs-your comic strips are so professional!! Keep up what you are doing and stay amazing<3 
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moonrose96 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I sent an angel to watch over you last night, but it came back.
I asked, "Why?"
The angel said, "Angels don't watch over angels."
Twenty one angels are IN your world.
Ten of them are sleeping, ten are playing, one is reading this message.
Send this to ten friends, including me.
I guess if I don't get it back, I'm not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you.
Please read, not joking. God has seen you struggling with something. God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this message on. Please don't ignore it. You are being tested. God is going to fix two things BIG tonight in your favor. DROP everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't break this chain. Send this to 14 friends in 10 minutes. It's not that hard.
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moonrose96 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I was inspired by IAmTheWhiteReaper.
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday
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onlysoperf891 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday~!!!!!
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KOlover12 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday :party: :cake:
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LordRavenCake Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday!!! :D
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AshesInWhiteHands Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Happy Birthday! ^^
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