This ten-story anthology is the result of a contest held by Tokyopop for manga-inspired American artists. The ten winners have a great variety of art styles, from delicate shojo (girls' comics) to more cartoony styles, some of which show affinities with American as well as Japanese comics. The grand prize winner, "Devil's Candy" by Priscilla Hamby and Clint Bickham, is a horror comedy with excellent character designs, an inventive setting, and intricate artwork. In contrast, Hans Tseng's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" draws its power from the art's simplicity and from Tseng's strong page composition. Bridget E. Wilde's "Trickster" is a real-world fantasy very much in the vein of Rumiko Takahashi's Rumic Theatre. Tracy Cox's "Zero," the story of a soul singer with a terrible psychic power, is the book's most mature tale. Even the slighter works have something to recommend them-though the editors should have corrected spelling and grammar errors. Tokyopop ran a second Rising Stars of Manga contest in summer 2003. With the current popularity of books on how to draw manga, this collection is recommended for teens and adults not only for its best stories but also as an inspiration to budding artists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.