Arbitrary Screen-Aware Manga Reading Framework with Parameter-Optimized Panel Extraction
  Shih-Hsuan Hung     Yu-Chi Lai     Shih-Chang Wong     Jia-Shin Chiu     Pei-Ying Chiang     Chih-Yuan Yao  
Hung, S.-H., Lai, Y.-C., Wong, S.-C., Chiu, J.-S., Chiang, P.-Y., and Yao, C.-Y., "Arbitrary Screen-Aware Manga Reading Framework with Parameter-Optimized Panel Extraction", IEEE Multimedia 2018, Volume 26, Issue 2, PP 55 - 65, 2018, DOI:10.1109/MMUL.2018.2875859 Submitted webpage.

While reading Manga on smart devices, it is inconvenient to drag and zoom through contents. Therefore, this work proposes a user-friendly and intuitive Manga reading framework for arbitrary reading conditions. Our framework creates a reading flow by breaking pages into contextual panels, organizing panels as display units, grouping units as a display list according to reading conditions, and playing the list with designed eye-movement-simulated transitions. The core is parameter-optimized panel extraction, which uses the occupied area of extracted panels and the ratio of borders parallel to each other to automate parameter selection for matching up identified panel corners and borders. While applying to 70 Manga chapters, our extraction performs comparatively better against two state-of-the-art algorithms and successfully locates “break-outs”. Furthermore, a usability test on 3 chapters demonstrates that our framework is effective and visually pleasing for arbitrary Manga-reading scenarios while preserving contextual ideas through panel arrangement.


author={Hung, S.-H. and Lai, Y.-C. and Wong, S.-C. and Chiu, J.-S. and Chiang, P.-Y., and Yao, C.-Y.}, 
journal={IEEE Multimedia}, 
title={Manga Vectorization and Manipulation with Procedural Simple Screentone}, 


We thank participants of all user studies, and the support of IGS Inc. This work was also supported by MOST-104-2221-E-011-029-MY3, MOST-107-2221-E-011-112-MY2, MOST-107-2221-E-011-114-MY2, MOST-107-2218-E-011-015, MOST-106-3114-E-011-005, MOST-106-2218-E-011-016, MOST-105-2221-E-011-120-MY2, and MOST-107-2221-E-011-XXX, Taiwan. Chih-Yuan Yao is the corresponding author.