MANPU 2020

The 4th International Workshop on
coMics ANalysis, Processing and Understanding

January 11, 2021
Milan, Italy Virtual

organized in conjunction with ICPR2020 The 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Virtual, January 10-15, 2021

CFP | Important dates | Registration | Scope and Topics | Datasets | Paper submissions |
Program (new!) | Organizers | Contact

MANPU2020 will be Virtual same as ICPR2020 main conference.

ICPR2020 Announcement: Conference will be Virtual

Call for Papers

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.

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Important Dates

Title and abstract submission due:   October 17, 2020 (extended)
Paper submission due:   October 17, 2020 (extended)
Notification of acceptance:   November 10, 2020 (extended)
Camera-ready paper due:   November 20, 2020 (extended. hard deadline)
Workshop:   January 11, 2021
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Registration should be done via the 25th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2020) Registration page.

Early registration for workshop attendee

Registration for full access

See detail on ICPR 2020 registration page.

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Scope and Topics

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

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Paper Submissions

Submission and Review
All papers will have to be submitted through the EasyChair submission system on or before the submission deadline. Authors can update their papers before the submission deadline. MANPU 2020 will follow a single-blind review process.

Paper format and length
Papers should be formatted with the style files/details available at Information for Authors of Springer Computer Science Proceedings. Only PDF files are accepted. A complete paper should be submitted in the proper format. Only Full paper (12-15 pages) is accepted.

Papers should describe original work on an MANPU-related topic, and authors must adhere to the IAPR Statement of Ethics.
By submitting a manuscript to MANPU 2020, authors acknowledge that it has not been previously published or accepted for publication in substantially similar form in any peer-reviewed venue including journals or conferences. Also authors confirm that no paper substantially similar in content has been or will be submitted to another conference or workshop during the review period.
The acceptance of a paper to MANPU 2020 requires that at least one of the authors registers for the workshop and presents the paper there.
MANPU 2020 does not allow submission of any additional supplementary file.

Submission site
Paper submissions for MANPU2020 will be handled through the Easy Chair conference management system. Please visit

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The workshop time slot is 14:00-18:00 CET.

14:00 - 14:10
Invited Talk
14:10 - 15:00
    Towards the future of comics -Special Interest Group on “Comic Computing” has been established in Japan-
Ryosuke Yamanishi (Kansai University, Japan)
15:00 - 15:10
Oral Session 1
15:10 - 16:10
An OCR Pipeline and Semantic Text Analysis for Comics
Rita Hartel and Alexander Dunst (Paderborn University, Germany),
Text block segmentation in comic speech bubbles
Christophe Rigaud, Nguyen Nhu Van, and Jean-Christophe Burie (University of La Rochelle, France)
16:10 - 16:20
Oral Session 2
16:20 - 17:20
Manga Vocabulometer, A new support system for extensive reading with Japanese manga translated into English
Jin Kato, Motoi Iwata, and Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Automatic Landmark-guided Face Image Generation for Anime Characters Using C2GAN
Junki Oshiba, Motoi Iwata, and Koichi Kise (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
17:20 - 17:50
17:50 - 18:00

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General Co-Chairs
Jean-Christophe Burie             University of La Rochelle, France
Motoi Iwata             Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Miki Ueno             Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan

Program Co-Chairs
Rita Hartel                       Paderborn University, Germany
Yusuke Matsui             The University of Tokyo, Japan
Tien-Tsin Wong             The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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
Alexander Dunst     Paderborn University, Germany
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
Mitsunori Matsushita     Kansai University, Japan
Tetsuya Mihara     University of Tsukuba, Japan
Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman     University of La Rochelle, France
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

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Workshop Secretariat:
manpu2020-inquiry [at]
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Endorsed by IAPR
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