3rd International Workshop on coMics ANalysis, Processing and Understanding (MANPU 2019)


Comics is a medium constituted of images combined with text and other visual information in order to narrate a story. Nowadays, comic books are a widespread cultural expression all over the world. The market of comics continues to grow, for example, the market in Japan is about 4.25 billion USD in 2015. Moreover, from the research point of view, comics images are attractive targets because the structure of a comics page includes various elements (such as panels, speech balloons, captions, leading characters, and so on), the drawing of which depends on the style of the author and presents a large variability. Therefore, comics image analysis is not a trivial problem and is still immature compared with other kinds of image analysis.

The scope of this workshop includes, but is not limited to:

  • – Comics Image Processing
  • – Comics Analysis and Understanding
  • – Comics Recognition
  • – Comics Retrieval and Spotting
  • – Comics Enrichment
  • – Born digital Comics
  • – Reading Behavior Analysis of Comics
  • – Comics Generation
  • – Copy Protection – Fraud Detection
  • – Physical/Digital Comics Interfaces
  • – Cognitive Processing and Comprehension of Comics
  • – Linguistics Analysis of Comics

Paper submission:

The paper submission deadline is August 27, 2018 September 3, 2018 (extended). You can find other important dates in Important Dates. Papers submitted to MANPU 2019 must follow the regular paper submission guidelines for MMM 2019 (see Author Guidelines). The paper submission system for MANPU 2019 will open on August 1, 2018 in Paper Submission page.

To evaluate the proposed works, participants will be able to use the following datasets that are publicly available. Researchers can request to download them at each website.

  • eBDtheque consists of 100 images with ground truth for panels, speech balloons, tails, text lines, leading characters.
  • Manga109 consists of over 20 thousand images of 109 volumes (21,142 images).

Workshop organizers:

  • General Co-Chair
  • – Jean-Christophe Burie (University of La Rochelle, France), General Co-Chair
  • – Motoi Iwata (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan), General Co-Chair
  • – Yusuke Matsui (National Institute of Informatics, Japan), General Co-Chair
  • Program Co-Chair
  • – Alexander Dunst (Paderborn University, Germany), Program Co-Chair
  • – Miki Ueno (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan), Program Co-Chair
  • – Tien-Tsin Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Program Co-Chair
  • Advisory Board
  • – Kiyoharu Aizawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • – Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
  • – Jean-Marc Ogier (University of La Rochelle, France)
  • – Toshihiko Yamasaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Program Committee
  • – John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • – Ying Cao (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • – Wei-Ta Chu (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
  • – Mathieu Delalandre (Tours University, France)
  • – Seiji Hotta (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
  • – Rynson W. H. Lau (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • – Jochen Laubrock (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • – Tong-Yee Lee (National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan)
  • – Xueting Liu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • – Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman (University of La Rochelle, France)
  • – Mitsunori Matsushita (Kansai University, Japan)
  • – Tetsuya Mihara (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • – Naoki Mori (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
  • – Mitsuharu Nagamori (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • – Satoshi Nakamura (Meiji University, Japan)
  • – Nhu Van Nguyen (University of La Rochelle, France)
  • – Christophe Rigaud (University of La Rochelle, France)
  • – Yasuyuki Sumi (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
  • – John Walsh (Indiana University, USA)
  • – Yingqing Xu (Tsinghua University, China)