Learn, Understand, Grow. Dedicated to the challenge. For the future of Manga.
Serious about manga.
“I wish for expansion of the manga market as a whole.”
What future developments are you currently planning?
Horie: I want to teach manga as a “technique”. Having the ability to create a storyboard in manga is a valuable skill that can be very useful in a variety of ways. If you can draw a manga storyboard, you can also draw a movie storyboard, a commercial storyboard, even presentation materials can be made using this skill. I feel that we can help creators with learning such a technique.
So manga techniques can be applied to other genres.
Horie: These techniques enable creators to be better understood by others, and allows them to convey their ideas whilst honing their sense of layout. Such skills are not only privvy to manga artists. If there's anybody out there with a desire to spread these manga related skills to young people, speak up!
It certainly seems to be a generally useful business skill.
Horie: I also want to explore opportunities in other media, such as movies, games, toys, food and drink and daily necessities…quality entertainment can be adapted for anything. For example, I am also interested in the idea of forming a stage company to hold productions in theatre houses.
Horie: I’d love to see how our characters could be brought to life on stage. It would also be a sort of return for the fans who loved the manga. Another important goal is the discovery and cultivation of overseas manga artists. For this purpose, we must first hone and improve the skills of our editors and strengthen the editorial department into an efficient “manga lab” to allow them to grow together as a cohesive group.
“SILENT MANGA AUDITION®”, the competition aimed at discovering international talent, is now in its seventh run (*as of march 2017). What can you say about the worldwide response?
Horie: We’ve had a fantastic response. Brazil, Indonesia…there’s some incredible talent in the world, and had they been in Japan, they would already have become successful manga professionals with a hit manga or two under their belts. So I want to encourage undiscovered talent by not only exporting Japanese manga, but also the system of creating manga itself. By doing so, manga will be viewed by the world for what it is, pure entertainment, paving the way for a bigger, global manga readership. I sincerely hope that under the philosophy "serious about manga" the manga market as a whole will continue to grow.