Smith Micro Software, Inc (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics group has just announced the release of Manga Studio 5, the most efficient and advanced solution for drawing, laying out, illustrating and publishing manga comics. In support of the launch, a limited edition Axe Cop image from its creator and Manga Studio user Ethan Nicolle. Smith Micro is also holding an online contest for the chance to win a signed copy of the Axe Cop print, as well as a Wacom Cintiq tablet.
“Manga Studio has become the industry standard for creating professional quality graphic novels, comic books, web comics and more,” said Fahim Niaz, senior product manager for Smith Micro Software. “We wanted to celebrate this much anticipated release with our users by unveiling Ethan’s Axe Cop image specifically created for this launch. We’re also excited to host a Wacom Cintiq tablet giveaway to thank our existing and new Manga Studio customers.”
“Comic artists and hobbyists have come to know Manga Studio as the go-to software tool for creating quality comic and manga work,” said Ethan Nicolle, renowned comic book creator, artist and writer, whose credits include Axe Cop, Chumble Spuzz and his online web comic series Bearmageddon. “With features such as the screen tones for added dimension and depth, and the color tools that allow artwork to be colored all in one layer, Manga Studio 5 makes it even easier for artists to add specific details to increase the quality of their artwork while keeping a steady workflow.”
Manga Studio 5’s improvements this time around include an all-new, more intuitive UI as well as an improved graphic engine, so that users can draw and paint with a more natural feel. Manga Studio 5 also adds proper support for 64-bit architecture and multi-core CPU support, so that you can handle HD and multi-layer artwork while taking advantage of all the horsepower your PC has to offer. The application allows you to scan in existing artwork or draw everything from scratch using a mouse or the more natural feel of drawing on a tablet.
Speaking of tablets, fans of Manga Studio and Axe Cop will get a chance to win a Wacom Cintiq tablet as well as one of 25 signed prints by Axe Cop creator Ethan Nicolle by visiting the Manga Studio 5 Launch Sweepstakes official contest page. The contest will be running from February 1 to February 28, 2013, and is open to anyone in the United States, no purchase required.
For more details, you can visit the official site at http://www.smithmicro.com.