topComiAsia, the leading Social Network Site for Comic Fans and Artists, has won the coveted "Red Herring 100 Asia" award. This recognizes the top 100 innovative technology firms in Asia.

Accepting the award at the Red Herring Asia 2007 conference in Hong Kong, Steve Melhuish, CEO of ComiAsia said, "We are delighted and proud to be selected for this prestigious award. This recognizes the success and hard work of the team to date. It is further endorsement of the only multi-platform comic-focused social network that ComiAsia is creating for passionate comic fans and aspiring artists everywhere."

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With the D1 Grand Prix coming to Singapore next year, The Electric New Paper has published an article looking at how how the Japanese racing legend Keiichi Tsuchiya in turn influenced the racing Initial D, which in turn helped promote the once obscure sport.

Channel NewsAsia has a report on the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore's Comics Publishing Forum 2007, which took place on June 23rd. Present during the event were representatives from Tokyopop and Diamond Book Distributor, many Singapore comic artists also attended the event:

Speakers shared key fundamental aspects in comic book development and gave a workshop on the techniques of sequential art story-telling. [...] Participants gained insights into strategies for marketing, distributing, and breaking into foreign markets.

More detail on Comics Publishing Forum 2007 can be found here.

Tech Shout has published an article looking at how the Singapore-based manga publisher Chuang Yi is teaming up with Sterling Publishers to bring manga to the Indian market. Also included is an interview with Rony Neo, the Chief Operations Officer of Chuang Yi.

HP Singapore has agreed to become prime sponsor for "ComiIdol 2007", the contest to find the best digital artists in Singapore ??? a theme that fits well with HP's "Invent" brand values. This sponsorship also coincides with the official start of pubic voting today!

A nationwide contest created by ComiAsia ( and supported by Singapore's MDA (, ComiIdol is a new initiative with the singular mission of discovering and nurturing a new generation of superstar digital artists from Singapore.

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Precocious Curmudgeon has posted a list of the top selling shonen and shojo manga in Singapore, compiled by the Sunday's edition of The Straits Times.

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To catalyze the growth of the interactive digital media sector and the creative arts in Singapore, ComiAsia ( with the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore ( have launched the first "ComiIdol 2007", a national contest to find, nurture and promote internationally the best digital artists in Singapore!

Any aspiring individuals - from novices to professional digital artists - with an interest in creating digital art and comics will have the opportunity to submit and showcase their work, and stand a chance to win the coveted title of "ComiIdol 2007"!

Many of the Island's institutes of higher learning, including Singapore Polytechnic, ITE College Central and LASALLE-SIA College of Arts, have already pledged their support for, and entries to, "ComiIdol 2007".

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Japan E-book Initiative (EBI), Kyocera Communication (KCCS), and Singapore Kyocera Communication Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (KCAP) announced last month a partnership to distribute manga digitally overseas starting 9/19. KCCS and KCAP will be responsible for financial matters, advertising, and customer service. EBI will be in charge the software and the content.

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eBook Initiative Japan Co. has announced that starting this Tuesday it will be distributing electronic versions of Japanese manga via an internet portal site in Singapore. Special software is need to read the manga.

Source: Manga Jouhou