What is 4-Koma Manga?

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 6, 2014, 2:16 PM
Edit:  Contest here: muslim-manga.deviantart.com/jo…

According to Wikipedia, Yonkoma manga (4コマ漫画, "four cell manga", or 4-koma for short), is a comic-strip format, generally consists of gag comic strips within four panels of equal size ordered from top to bottom. (They also sometimes run right-to-left horizontally or use a hybrid 2x2 style, depending on the layout requirements of the publication in which they appear.) Though the word yonkoma comes from the Japanese, the style also exists outside of Japan in other Asian countries as well as in the English-speaking market.
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Traditional Yonkoma layout
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Structure

Traditionally, Yonkoma follow a structure known as Kishōtenketsu. This word is a compound formed from the following Japanese Kanji characters:
  • Ki: The first panel forms the basis of the story; it sets the scene.
  • Shō: The second panel develops upon the foundation of the story laid down in the first panel.
  • Ten: The third panel is the climax, in which an unforeseen development occurs.
  • Ketsu: The fourth panel is the conclusion, in which the effects of the third panel are seen.



Uses
These comic strips appear in almost all types of publications in Japan, including manga magazines, graphic novels, the comics section of newspapers, game magazines, cooking magazines, and so forth. The plot often ends within the four panels, although some serial development may pass on to future installments, creating a more continuous story. Some yonkoma also tackle serious topics, though most do so with humor. Some manga occasionally use yonkoma, usually at the end of a chapter or bound volume, as a non-canon joke to complement the story.

Contest


Muslim Manga is planning to have a contest using this type of manga format very soon, but we wanted to familiarize our members with what this type of manga is.  That being said, we are not experts on the topic.  In fact, some of you, our member, might know more about it than us.  Please share your experiences with 4-koma.  Have you read any?  Did you like it?  Why or why not?  
Have you not read any 4-koma manga?  Well, what do you think the potentials are for this format as a medium for creating a more positive image of Muslims?? Would you be interested in participating in a 4-koma manga contest ?


One thing that we have noticed is that, the stories don't have to end with just one page.  The overall story can be continuous, but each page or each 4 panels has some sort of conclusion...

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Examples
Here is some examples from dA:
Under One Roof +Reminder+ by catt-gal-2006 Under One Roof +Zoophobia+ by catt-gal-2006 Lazy... by ibahibut

Here art some examples from Azumanga Daioh:











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