Winner Announcement

Dear Xfans,
The drawing contest 4-KOMA MANGA COMPETITION has come to an end. The number of entries that we received exceeded our expectations, thank you for your enthusiastic participation and support in this drawing contest so far.
We meet many creative story content, different drawing styles, thanks a lot for joining this contest, showing us your imagination and your creativity!
After a long time discussion with our judge team, we finally pick these artworks.
The results of the winners are now announced as follows:

Grand Prize

Artist 22 (2nd generation) display

[ Title ] Under the Cherry Tree

[ Artist ] BakuComics

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Judges thoughts

What stood out to me in this entry is the use of GIF animation, which I thought was a really creative and clever approach to bring the comic to life, I definitely appreciate the effort! The choice of colours are soothing and fits the tone of the story, the panels flow well and the dialogue is easy to read - all the qualities you want to see in a good comic strip. Well done!

I appreciate the use and efforts of making the comic into an animation. It’s unique and thinking outside the box. It’s beautifully drawn, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I love the twist at the end where the dog turns into a spirit and the author effectively takes the audience in a roller coaster of emotions where it eventually leads to the bittersweet feeling of reminiscing old adventures as it uncovers the present situation. Amazing storyline and artwork!

Good use of GIFs panels to emote the feeling of the narrative. I like the use of complimentary colours, especially with the environment and background design. The muted tones also play a part of the story.

I love the coloring and staging of the characters in the comic, along with the message. The fact it's also animated really makes this stand out among other entries.

Runner-Up Prize

Innovator 16

[ Title ] 탐사

[ Artist ] XFANS8f6ip0ua

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Judges thoughts

I recall seeing this entry when it was submitted, and I still remember it now. This comic made me laugh and left a lasting impression, and that deserves recognition! The juxtaposition from start to finish is the reason why this comic is memorable to me, the unexpected ending and silly humor makes this entertaining - plus the art is also beautifully done. This would be the type of comic I'd love to see on my feed after a long day, thank you for sharing your art with us!

Good balance with detail. Not too much, not to little. Love the mix of having a stylised art style with a rather goofy, comical narrative. Awesome play on light and shadow and perspective, especially of the astronaut in the third panel. Love the story and ending. It was really unexpected and adorable!

Runner-Up Prize

Innovator 16

[ Title ] Cat Dimension

[ Artist ] Catsupy

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Judges thoughts

This is one of my favourites! It's fun, easy to follow, and the combination of keywords (pet, wormhole and travel) that created this short strip is really creative. Leading the comic with the "missing sock" thought is clever, seeing that it's likely inspired by a real life experience that many of us can relate to, and having the sock disappear into a wormhole is basically a metaphor (that we will never get our missing socks back, ever...) which makes this all the more fun to read! The colour choice is perfect for the tone and atmosphere of the setting, and the art is really clean. Using only 4 panels, the artist did a very good job at creating an engaging storyline - definitely a job well done!

So, that is where all missing things go! I like the graphic element of the art style - flat colours and bold outlines. Storytelling is simple but effective. I love the use of neon colours with the reflective light of the wormhole. Cute character design. Has an overall feel reminiscent of an animated series.

Catsupy has probably unintentionally made a hilarious idea for a comic series that I want to see more of. I love this cat so much.

Third Prize

Artist 12 Pro

[ Title ] The darkness

[ Artist ] pawwao

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Judges thoughts

This comic gives a wholesome and somehow nostalgic vibe as most children experience a sense of fear in darkness. I love the different take to the pet, superhero & soul prompt, and deliver warmer tone of emotions to the audience. The art is super charming, and I love the use of warm colours to accentuate the warmness of the story and illustrate that pets give light during dark days.

Good decision to use colour with the cat in contrast to the monochrome background to juxtapose the feeling of fear vs. a positive energy (represented by the cat). I also like the idea of the colours transfering to the little girl at the end, giving it a warm, happy ending. The handwritten font gives it a personal touch as well. Has a childrens' picture book feel. I like it!

Third Prize

Artist 12 Pro

[ Title ] A wise hero in the forest

[ Artist ] DorushiArt

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Judges thoughts

The story is beautifully structured and flows nicely throughout the comic. The use of an analogous colour scheme is very charming with good use of values, and effectively highlights the emotions being portrayed with the cool hues. The rule of thirds is also used effectively where the focus on each panel is clear and is pleasant to the eyes. The art is beautiful! And the story hits right in the feels! Beautiful comic!

This comic is beautifully done. The choice of colour and values are great - there is a touch of haunting beauty from the use of blues, cyans and a splash of pink/purple that makes the overall ethereal aesthetic which sets the mood, and it fits with the scene very well. Each panel is drawn from a different angle which makes the comic more interesting and engaging to read - good framing! The message of the comic strip is clear and I appreciate the simplicity of the storytelling. A really good job!

Third Prize

Artist 12 Pro

[ Title ] Gift

[ Artist ] Newbie

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Judges thoughts

Good pencil shading technique with the light and shadow. Very delicate art style - appropriate and fitting for the storytelling. I also like the paper texture, giving it a very warm, charming look and feel. A touching and relatable story, especially for those of us who have lost a pet before.

I really love the comforting feeling this comic gave. It's somber and sweet. A dad reminiscing his past, while looking forward to the future he's going to spend seeing his child with their new friend.

Congratulations to the winners!

Note that if XP-Pen finds out and confirms that any of the winners did not follow any stated rules in the contest bases, the "winner" status will be removed instantly.
We will contact the lucky winners by e-mail after 72hs of the announcement. If you are the winner, please check your email, spam folder, or write to to ask for the awards directly within 7 days.
Not doing so will result in your disqualification as a winner and the election of a new one.

XP-Pen contest is still going on. We are looking forward to your drawing in the next contest.
See you soon.









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How to upload the submissions on XPPen official website?
Go to Xfans>>Xfans Community>> Events>> Ongoing>> Upload Entry to submit your entry. Please notice that if any works submitted are suspected of plagiarism or copyright infringement, they will be disqualified from the contest instantly.
Are there any shipping restrictions?
We don't have the shipping restriction this time—it will be an international drawing contest!
Can I submit multiple artworks?
No Limit to Entries.
Is there any age restriction?
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