The full version of the World Maker smartphone app will allow users to upload their own images for the manga.
Shonen Jump + and Shueisha have launched the beta version of World Maker, a manga creation smartphone app that does not require its users to draw at all.
The app will provide users the media assets needed to create their own manga panels and develop their story.
Promising projects will also be given a chance to be published.
With the launch of World Maker, Shueisha wants to make manga creation understandable and easy for aspiring creators.
Additionally, they’re also on the hunt for undiscovered talent.
Through the app, manga creation starts with the script that the app uses to automatically create the panels or frames.
Users can then use the available images, effects, backgrounds, and other illustrations.
Currently, the app has over 600,000 assets to choose from.
According to the press release, the full version will allow users to upload their own images for the manga.
The app is still in its closed beta stage where only a few people, selected via lottery, are able to experience the release. For the selected few, closed beta starts this September 8.
World Maker’s official Twitter page initially accepted applications for the trial run but has since stopped applications. Open beta will be available worldwide on September 22.
To celebrate the launch of World Maker, Shueisha and Shonen Jump + are running a contest where two winning entries will be illustrated by manga artists Romy Oishi (Tomatoypoo no Lycopene) or Shiro Usazaki (Act-Age).
Additionally, the winners will receive a prize package worth ¥300,000 (P136,240), including a feature in the Shonen Jump + app.
The contest runs from September 8 to October 8, with prize announcements in December.
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