Congratulations, Joanne Kim, for winning the first place for MAGIC 2018.

Joanne Kim is a Kinokuniya team member and won the grand prize for the MAGIC (Monaco Anime Game International Conferences) 2018, with her work Runtime. Congratulations to Joanne Kim for her beautiful work!

About the story:
Aliens and humans have finally made contact through alien technology and weird white holes in space, which may or may not have been a good idea. Alien-like strength and abilities, viruses that make you repeat one action over and over, and mini black holes ravaging the Earth… Will two humans, both mysterious and powerful in their own ways, be able to save their home planet as well as uncover the secrets behind the strange phenomena happening in their universe?

Runtime is available on Shonen Jump Plus (the English version starts at page 39)


Joanne Kim: "I am incredibly honored to be in first place for Magic Monaco's Manga Contest this year! I'm still in a daze and believe that it was all a dream because it happened so quickly. I can still feel the same anxiousness and other feelings I had while I was there, especially since I was in the presence of amazing judges...! Many (happy) tears have been shed, and it was all a great experience for me... 

I would like to thank my family and friends for their undying support and help to go to France due to my worries about not being able to afford it.  I am also very thankful to my workplace at Kinokuniya in Carrollton for giving me the opportunity to work with their friendly and talented staff as well as giving me the opportunity to get the art supplies and reference books I need to improve. There were many times when I had to run to the store to buy brush pens and sketchbooks because I had so much trouble drafting my manga entry and used up supplies so fast.

But thank you again to Magic Monaco and the amazing people in my life for this unforgettable experience and the opportunity to follow my dreams. I will work hard to make Runtime a successful and enjoyable read for readers!

Joanne Kim's Biography:
Joanne Kim is a full-time college student and a self-taught artist who dreamed of becoming an artist since elementary school due to reading Naruto, Bleach, and many other works during her past-time. She enjoys creating comics and illustrations inspired by her favorite shows and comics. Kim hopes to create a manga or project that would inspire and motivate people into making their own.