It's that time again and Sweatdrop studios are preparing for the excitement that is the London MCM Expo Manga alley. The alley has once again been extended to deal with the increasing number of talented Expo visitors and Sweatdrop are, as always, proud to be able to host what is fast becoming one of the largest areas dedicated to Manga artists in the UK!

The Manga competition too has gone from strength to strength; with brand new sponsors eagerly getting on board to support our nation's up-and-coming talents. That can only mean bigger and better prizes up for grabs! Letraset, as the main sponsors of the alley, are of course still with us and will this time be supplying each winner with a Letraset pack worth an incredible £600! Joining them will be Wacom, Imagine FX and e-frontier. All together, the competition is looking huge - with a very real chance for the lucky winners to walk away with some or all of the following:

£600 worth of Letraset goodies including digital tone and Tria markers. A digital Graphics Tablet Subscription to the UK's premier digital art magazine, Imagine FX Publicity for your artwork in the same magazine A copy of e-frontier's groundbreaking Manga software package "Manga studio"

There may even be some Tokyopop goodies in with the bargain!

The categories for this event's competition are as follows:

Under 16 Original designs
Under 16 Fan art
Over 16 Original designs
Over 16 Fan art

The 'Imagine FX' digital award*
*Please note that the digital award will of course only be presented to a piece of digitally created artwork. So all you digital artists out there - for a chance to win digital art-related goodies, be sure to bring along a piece from home!

As always, Sweatdrop cannot offer to return your submitted artwork. So if you are choosing to bring a piece from home, make sure that it's a copy.

Along with the alley and the competition, Sweatdrop themselves will of course be on hand to tempt you with their own ever-growing catalogue of comics and prints. Feel free to come and have a chat! Whether the thought of the prizes has got you motivated to enter the competition, or whether you just want to come along and mingle with other artists, we hope to see you there!

Here's the exact list of prizes. The main prize packages are worth £300 each, and the ImagineFX Award is worth close to £500! Bear in mind that to qualify for the ImagineFX Award your entry must be CG, and thus pre-made.

Prize Package for the 4 Main Categories:

- Every single product from Letrasetís manga drawing range. These include Tria Marker sets, manual screentone, digital screentone, resource CDs, project kits and comic layout paper.

- A year-long subscription to ImagineFX, the only high-end digital art magazine specializing in fantasy, sci-fi and manga art

- A copy of Manga Studio, a brand new software for creating manga from scratch on your computer. It contains thousands of screentone designs and is compatible with Mac and PC.

- Manga goodies from Tokyopop.

Prize Package for the ImagineFX Award

- The amazing Wacom Intuos3 A5 Wide graphics tablet. Worth £299, this is the ultimate digital accessory used by professional artists worldwide.

- Your winning image and a short profile published in ImagineFX. It is so difficult for manga artists to get widespread mainstream exposureÖthis could be your very chance to break into the industry!

- A year-long subscription to ImagineFX.

- Manga Studio software (perfect to use with your new Intuos Wide!)

- Digital manga products from Letrasetís new range.

Runner Up Prizes
We also have some surprises for one runner-up in each category. There really are many chances to win something this year

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28th & 29th OCTOBER 2006

London MCM Expo

Royal Victoria Dock
London, E16 1XL, UK

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Normal Entry Tickets
SATURDAY: 11am to 6pm SUNDAY: 11am to 5pm

Adult Ticket: £7
Child Ticket (11 to 14): £3

Fast Track Entry Tickets
SATURDAY: From 9am
SUNDAY: From 10am

All Tickets £10

(Allows entry up to 1 hour before Normal Tickets. available in advance)

Tickets to the London MCM Expo can be purchased at the Door each day

Children 10 years & Under accompanied by a full paying Adult (limited to 2 FREE Children per adult) gain FREE normal entry

Normal tickets are only available at the door!