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Baby Dinosaur Dooly
Kim Su-jeong
First Publication Treasure Island(Monthly Comic Magazine, 1983) Genre Comedy First Edition 1986 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 10(Finished, 1994) Media Crossover TV animation(1987), VHS(1995), Theater animation (1996), UNICEF card character (1997), Street of Dooly in City of Bucheon (2001), Musical(2001), 4D animation (2004)

About the Author Born in 1950, the author is

well known for his placement of funny, rather weird, characters in his stories. Many of his characters were made into successful merchandise. He is the owner of his own merchandising company, Dooly Nara, and was the president of Korean Cartoonists’ Association in 2000.

A Korean Success of Merchandising: Dooly
If you ask any Korean, young and old, to name one cartoon character, Dooly will mostly likely to be his or her answer. Dooly is one of the most respected and commercially successful characters of Korean animation. He is always topping the list in nationwide surveys for character recognition by people of all ages. Dooly is a baby dinosaur that was trapped in ice. He survived the Ice Ages and ended up in modern-day Seoul 10 million years later. His sole hope is to reunite with his mother. Dooly, who is always happy and silly, is contrasted by Go Kildong who is unkind and aggressive. It is interesting how Dooly reacts so innocently to Go Kil-dong’s efforts to attack Dooly. For various reasons these skirmishes always bring laughter to the readers and viewers. One of the many strengths that

the cartoon has is that the cartoon tries to show the warmth shared between the characters beyond the façade of constant struggle. The comics include many other well-developed original characters such as Mikol: a wannabe singer, Tochi: an extraterrestrial, Doughner: a circus ostrich, and Hee-dong: the baby nephew of Gil-dong. It has been more than two decades since Dooly was introduced into the world in 1983. The continued popularity and the success of the character are in thanks to ongoing projects based on the character including a musical, animations, and other various reiterations. The city of Bucheon in Korea selected Dooly as the character of the city and adorned a part of the city with the character. Dooly was also selected as a character for UNICEF Christmas cards and appeared in charity events. Other characters in the cartoon were involved in various projects. Hee-dong, the baby in the cartoon, is represented in the pediatrics wing of the Seoul National University Hospital, and Mikol is the character ambassador of the Pearl Buck Foundation for children of mixed race.

Author's Other Works
Spring for Oh, Dal-ja(1981), Let’s Fly, Godori (1982), Ariari Dongdong (1985), Cutie Chocomi (1989), Teacher X (1994), Seven Spoons (2003)
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Banya:
Kim Young-oh

The Explosive Delivery Man
First Publication BOOKING (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2004) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2004 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 5 (Finished, 2006)

About the Author Male, born in 1976, he debuted

by winning a contest in a comic magazine. He caught attention with his first comic book for its wit and illustrations. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Dark Horse First Edition 2006 Total Volumes 5 (Finished)

Postman Delivers Fantasy to Your Door!
What would happen if a postman was invited into a fantasy world like a war during the middle age? This comic specializes in placing the lead character in a world that doesn’t seem to quite fit. In the middle of a fierce battle, a general is fighting the enemy’s attack to take the castle without a way to ask help. At the moment when the general is attacked by the sword of the enemy, a stranger passes a letter written which is written ‘Be ready for the enemy!’ Finally, the general finds out the way to ask help. The stranger introduces himself as a deliveryman who has ‘Speed, Accuracy, and Safe’ as a motto. There is a group of people who have no loyalties to any countries or

organizations and do deliveries according to their own rules. Whenever there is a delivery request and the right amount of pay, they complete a delivery. The delivery branch of Banya, Mai, and Kong is located at the center of a desert. Banya and Kong save Yu-ma’s life by chance when Yu-ma is attacked by the Gagol and Yu-ma requests delivery of his secret letter. With the secret letter, many people try to plunder the nation. Like in this situation, there is always danger in the delivery process. They must complete their work even though it is so dangerous, and that’s their responsibility as a deliveryman. Every episode starts with a new delivery request. What is most interesting is whenever Banya completes his delivery; he recovers a part of his lost memory. In the end, he is requested to capture a dragon. On the way to the dragon, Banya recovers all of his lost memory and, as a result, goes crazy. However, he recovers just in time to save the world. Placing the deliverymen in an unlimited array of fantasy worlds provides the readers with nonstop fun!
Author's Other Works
Baljak(2000), The Ghost(2008)
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Be Good
Shin In-cheol & Kim Ki-jeong
First Publication Young Jump (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2000) Genre Comedy First Edition 2000 Publisher Bandi Total Volumes(Year Finished) 9(Unfinished)

About the Author Male. During his early debut, he

had a strong indie following, but now his storytelling has gone more mainstream. He won Today's Manhwa Award (2001) for Be Good.

A Gang Boss Goes to School?!
“Say what? A gang boss has returned to high school?” 40 years old, with a gigantic build, and a fist that can win in 40 to 1 fight. Be Good is about a gang boss who returns to high school to study, and many adventures that follow. Kang Hoon is a gang boss who is practically unstoppable. After doing many bad deeds, he was betrayed by one of his men and put in jail. In prison, Kang Hoon meets a priest, who re-names him Kang Sae-sam (new life). Regretting his past, Kang Sae-sam decides to live a ‘new life’. After getting out of prison, he leaves his men behind and enters high school to finish his education. But, it is not easy. His age, his strength and build are not easy to hide. A teacher who punishes him ends up at a hospital, and all the school bullies gather around him like flies. And after one of his new friends gets him tangled up in a gang, his past comes back to haunt him and an uncontrollable series of incidents erupts. As they say, once a gang member, always a gang member.

Be Good uses a refreshing and unique theme to make its readers laugh. The thought of Kang Hoon wearing a small backpack creates laughter; similarly, the betrayal of one of his men creates rage, and then the help of a new friend creates tears. A wide spectrum of emotion is contained in these pages. Gangsters are a constant in movies and dramas, but how often do you see a funny gangster? This comic succeeds, plus, who could resist not laughing when you pit a 40 year old against a teenager?

Author's Other Works
The Guy Who Stands Everyday (1996), Blue Academy Legends (1999), Doobidowa (2000), Be Good Ⅱ (2003),
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Chonchu
Kim Byung-jin & Kim Sung-jae
First Publication Hacking (internet webzine, 2000) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2000 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 15(Finished, 2004)

About the Author Male, born 1939. His debut

piece Chonchu was praised for its illustrations and is currently being published in a Japanese magazine. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Yen Press First Edition 2007 Total Volumes 3 (Unfinished)

A Mix of Eastern and Western Civilization
Cartoons are a very ‘expressive’ outlet. It shows you everything literally. Chonchu is a cartoon faithful to this characteristic. Chonchu has big spaces with many thrilling action scenes. Its characters are also very expressive. What you see is what you get with them. Chonchu is a very imaginative piece. It is set somewhere at a meeting point of East and West. It seems set in Northeast Asia. However, the buildings or the mannerisms are Western medieval. The main characters, overall, are very Eastern, but the others have Western mannerism. The author seems to have planned this show-it-as-it-is method, and the story is more or less revealing. A child destined to be king is born, but not one, but twins. However, one is marked as the son of demon, and thus destined to die. With their destinies crossing, the son of the demon Chonchu is set to die from the moment of his birth. However, due to the mark of the demon, he is given immortal power. He is stabbed and slashed by several swordsmen, but he never dies. Due to the criticism and clashes

towards him due to his status as the son of the demon, he even throws himself in the way of his enemies, but he never dies. He eventually accepts his inevitable fate, and starts to train himself to control himself. He thus grows into a new and different warrior.

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Crazy Locomotive
Cho Jae-ho
First Publication IQ Jump (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1999) Genre Sports First Edition 1999 Publisher Seoul Cultural Publishers Total Volumes(Year Finished) 22 (Finished, 2005)

About the Author Born in 1968, he is well-known
for his precise and active illustrations and his deep knowledge of soccer.

Soccer Combines Imagination and Real World
The author was the advertisement illustrator of FIFA’s official play in the 2002 World Cup. He is also credited for the PPL between a soccer supplying company and a comic for Korea. The author remakes his teacher’s comic The Kick of the King into The Explosive Train. Using the conflict of the original comic, he mixes it with the realness of today’s world soccer. By incorporating interviews and advice from professionals, the author gives the comic a sense of authenticity. Reading the comic, any soccer fan will feel like they are watching a real pro-league soccer match. The author adds behind the scene stories of the players to add a deeper sense of reality into the stories. Two brothers with genetically given superpowers are the heroes of the comic. Their father, Kim San, accidentally kills a goalkeeper with his power when he was a soccer player. He stopped playing soccer and does not want his sons to follow his career. However, the brothers dream of becoming soccer stars. The elder brother

becomes a soccer player to the disapproval of his father while the younger brother stays with the father out of his concern for his father’s wishes. The elder bother earns fame and plays in international leagues using his superpower. The comic features wonderful illustrations of the brothers’ game. It is as exciting as watching a live game. After the World Cup was jointly held in Korea and Japan, the popularity of comics about soccer became very high. Just as in other comics, sports comics usually feature a hero with a super power. What makes this comic unique is that it mixes superpowers with real-life and very human problems such as family.. This is why Crazy Locomotive is the most popular among several soccer comics.

Author's Other Works
Diet Go Go(1995), European Culture, European Soccer(2006)
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Fairies’ Landing
You Hyun
First Publication Young Champ(Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1998) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1998 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 19(Unfinished, 2007) Media Crossover Animation (DMB T.V, 2006)

About the Author Female, born in 1976. The author
started working for a comic magazine as a senior in high school. She usually works in the boy’s comic magazine and is famous for young and creative storylines with soft drawing. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2004 Total Volumes 19 (Unfinished)

Fantasy with Warm and Soft Feminine Touch
The author’s career is distinct. She won a prize during a comic’s competition when she was only a teenager. Although a female, she usually works in the field of boy’s comic magazines. Fairies’ Landing is a comic parody of an old Korean fairy tale. Jae Gal-ryang meets a Kentauros by accident and the Kentauros tell him about a pond of nymphs. In the nymphs’ pond he met one nymph who is called Hwan-ta. She comes to his house, and because of this, he is cursed. This young author satisfies the readers with light and tactful humor in Fairies’ Landing. The funny nymph and the male character create many fun and entertaining situations. The author also brings together two interesting ideas, something as fantastic as a God spell and something as real as video games and skateboarding. Fast story telling and distinct characters make this a very enjoyable comic.

The nymph Hwan-ta’s character is very unique. Although she acts very much like a human, she is still different. This is because her mother is a nymph and her father is human.

Author's Other Works
BOX PRINCESS PANDORA(2005), Raon(2006)
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Hip Hop

Kim Soo-yong

First Publication IQ Jump (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1998) Genre Drama First Edition 2000 Publisher Seoul Cultural Publishers Total Volumes(Year Finished) 24 (Finished, 2004)

About the Author Born in 1972, the author used to
be a dancer on a broadcasting station. He says that he learned dancing to do a manhwa on the subject. Accordingly, most of his works are on a dance and hip-hop. Soo-young’s books are an example of manhwas that are based on real-life experiences.

“Comic on professional subjects” on Dance
Hip Hop’s theme on dance, as the title suggests, was featured in a weekly magazine in the late 1990s. It later became a best seller when it was published in book format and many dance themed manhwa works followed. The hero, Sung Tae-ha, grew up as an only child and was raised by his father. Tae-ha was suspended for a year from school after having getting into a school fight. On the day of his return, he meets Bobby, another main character, dancing in the school yard. He is totally mesmerized by the dance and enters a professional dance team to train. Three things characterize Hip Hop. First of all, it is theme is based on the popular Korean dance styles that gained popularity in the 1990s. This alone attracted attention from the young fans and gave interested fans a new role model. Secondly, the comics boasted its professional knowledge on dance, whereas this style of dance was perceived as a mere youthful entertainment at the time. This

comic served an educational purpose to youth and the general public alike. This contributed to this style of dance gaining more popularity in Korea. Lastly, the storyline is a saga where the heroes go through and overcome different obstacles in their adventures of becoming a professional dance team.

Author's Other Works
Hip Hop (2000), B4 Hip Hop (2004), Wicked (2005)
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iD_eNTITY
Kim Youn-kyung et Son Hee-joon
First Publication Hacking (Comic webzine 2000) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2000 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 26(Unfinished)

About the Author Born in 1976, she was involved
in an amateur comic club. She made her debut with YUREKA and has been concentrating on this comic for 8 years. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2005 Total Volumes 15 (Unfinished)

Reality and Virtuality in MMORPGs
When people play MMORPGs (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game), there are times when they feel they are the character they control on the screen. The game that started this trend in Korea was “The Kingdom of the Wind” and this craze continues on until today. Yureka addresses the experience of playing a typical RPG game and how it relates to reality. The main character, Janggun-a general name in Korean- takes part in an imagery game world and fulfills his missions. The story takes place in the year 2000, but the imaginary space of a fantasy world is without limits and transcends time. There is a bit of a reality/fantasy disconnect for Junggun because it is impossible to be “virtual” all the time. For instance, the simple reason for halting the battle is his mom’s scolding, hence bringing the character back to reality. In addition, sometimes there are also connection problems to the high speed Internet. Reality and the “virtuality” are clearly separated; and yet, at times, they blend together seamlessly. When the problem of the battle has roots in reality, the story goes more exciting and tense. This is the allure for readers of Yureka. Janggun has no special interests or talents and only likes to play the online game, ‘Lost Saga’ and travels around the virtual realm with the nickname ‘Roto’. He surrounds himself with friends, celebrities, the game makers, and even a middle-aged husband and wife in the RPG world. In the game they fight and mingle with each other. Roto meets a girl named Yureka who has a multiple personality disorder in reality and often confuses Roto in virtual space. Nevertheless, Rotos’ love does not change and it is this unchanging nature that allows him to endure long journeys and painful battles-both actual and virtual.
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Island
Yang Kyung-il & Youn In-wan
First Publication Young Champ(Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1997) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1998 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 7 (Unfinished) Media Crossover Novel

About the Author Zombie Hunter and New Royal
Secret Agent were released in Japan. He has been dubbed as ‘a master of the illustration’ by a Japanese publishing editor. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop(V7) First Edition 2002 Total Volumes 7 (Finished)

Beautiful Island during the Day, Scary Legends, Ghost Hunts, and Mysteries at Night
Island has Jeju, one of the beautiful Korean islands, as its background. The island is just like other normal island during the day, but at night the monsters come out to play. And the author doesn’t ease his readers into this dark realm. In his first episode he shows a bloody murder scene that shows the evil side of human beings. Witnessing this crime against humanity, ghost hunters Van, Won Mi-ho, and Yohan emerge. Many different traditional Korean monsters are depicted in this comic while incorporating the historical ties between Korea and Japan. The mystery plot is narrated using the poem “Another Hometown” as a secret code, which shows the storytelling skill of the author. But this is not another ghost hunter story. The hunter’s behaviors and monsters are very different from what we expect, the main character ‘Van’ is a tantric Buddhist mercenary that wears casual outfits and performs exorcisms for money

(this, of course, goes against the Buddhist code.) Among the Korean mystery horror comics, this work has very different storylines and characters. There are many monsters in the comic. The author research into discovering new monsters and they mythologies surrounding them add flair and majesty to this comic. This is complemented by the artist’s stylish illustrations and comic presentation. Youn In-wan’s storylines and Yang Kyung-il’s illustrations are a perfect match and their teamwork is shown in their masterful, New Royal Secret Agent. New Royal Secret Agent received critical applause from Japanese publishers and editors when it was released in Japan. Also, this comic helped Japanese understanding of Korean culture more, because the contents are based on the traditional Korean legends and tales. This comic was published as a novel with same title.

Author's Other Works
Deification of Soma(1994), Zombie Hunter(2000), New Royal Secret Agent(2001)
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Kid Gang
Shin Young-woo
First Publication XEN (comic magazine) Genre Comedy First Edition 2000 Publisher Samyang Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 21(Unfinished) Media Crossover Cable TV Soap Opera(2007)

Author's Other Works About the Author

Male, born in 1971. Author who shows the real comic fun. He is famous for brilliant ideas and funny lines.

Baby with a Knife vs. Silly Gang
The author, Sin Young-woo, uses the comedy as his power. He uses laughter to communicate with his readers in many of his works. Kid Gang is a great example in this respect. Gang Dae-bong, the boss of the gang, ‘Bloody Tuesday,’ has planned to kidnap the son of the detective who put one of his gang members in jail. During the kidnapping, the detective and his wife are killed by a gas explosion. This absurd situation forces this gang to take care of the baby. The juxtaposition of this tough as nails gang being forced to nurture a cute baby, keeps readers chuckling from front page to last. Young-woo is the emperor of witty one-liners, and there is ample room for him to dictate his rule in Kid Gang. The all-male gang members are now in a fate of having to raise a baby on their own when few in the gang can barely take care of themselves. The humor escalates when they have to live in a same house with a

baby. This campy mix gangsters and baby-care, was made into the sitcom on cable T.V in 2007 in Korea. The similarity between the character of a baby who does everything at his own will, and the gang members who live outside the social parameters create an uncoordinated yet quite effective juxtaposition.

Author's Other Works
Red Jacket(2000), Double Casting(2001), The Life of Seoul Knight(2005)
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King Of Hell
Kim Jae-Hwan & Ra In-soo
First Publication Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2001) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2002 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 28(Unfinished)

About the Author Male, born 1971. Earned fame
when his piece Green Tank Haemosu got made into a TV animation series. He is now producing several works overseas. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2003 Total Volumes 19 (Unfinished)

A Boy Death keeper’s Adventures in the Underworld
What does death look like? The image of a grim reaper at the face of death can be scary. But let’s say the deathkeeper is a little boy. Like a little rascal, this boy has puffy cheeks and spiky hair, and you can see the mischief in his face. But surprisingly, this boy is a martial arts artist. There is a reason behind this. Though he had risen to the place of a martial arts master, he is stuck in the image of a boy being the reaper. The job of a cute angel of death is to hunt down spirits who run away from the underworld and into the world of the living. This journey is long and rough. There are people stronger than these escaped spirits who help them, and they roam in groups. The settings expand from Korea to Japan to China. The underworld has always been important in Eastern cultures, and its mystery and interpretation varies a lot. It emphasizes the different views of death in Japan and China.

Based on Asian martial arts, the King of Hell is set in an unusual underworld. Mixing just the right amount of eastern and western views of death, this piece has gained much popularity in the US. This is a long series that has been published to book 2. Currently, 18 books have been published in the US. It is unusual for such a long series to be published in the US, but its many action scenes, intricate illustrations, suspense, and playful humor are important success factors for King of Hell

Author's Other Works
Rainbow (1994), Green Tank Haemosu, Mech Destroyer(2001, Image Comics)
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Kung Fu Jungle Boy
Lee Chung Ho & Um Jae-kyung
First Publication IQ Jump(Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1995) Genre Fantasy/Action First Edition 1996 Publisher Seoul Cultural Publishers Total Volumes(Year Finished) 13(Finished, 1999) Media Crossover Game (1997)

About the Author Male, Kung Fu Jungle Boy was a
huge success selling a million copies followed by the same author’s My Love in 1993. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Central Park Media(CPM) First Edition 2006 Total Volumes 3 (Unfinished)

Boy’s Action Genre’s Greatest Hit!
The author made himself known as one of the best-selling authors when his cartoon, My Love, sold over one million copies. Armed with a new approach, his next work Kung Fu Jungle Boy, also captivated his audience. This work was his own interpretation of the famous Japanese action fantasy, Dragon Ball, and he added many entertaining characteristics found in computer games. The author became the most noted author in the 90s as his second work became another million-seller. The story takes place in a castle called Byo-ri-a, a planet in the depths of outer space. For years, the humans, also known as the New Tribe, had been at war with the Satanic King: Ruth Cifer. After many battles, the humans triumph over Satan’

s forces, and the Ruth Cifer is locked up and sent away to the Cloud Island up in the sky. There is peace on the planet at last and Kung Fu Jungle Boy, a 12-year-old boy, lives on Cloud Island with his dog, Shooba. However, peace does not last long. Satan’s gang comes to Cloud Island to bring back their King. A war breaks out between Kung Fu Jungle Boy and his friends and Satan’s gang. There are many battles. Then his evil minions break the seal of Ruth Cifer’s tomb. With Satan on the loose, the fate of the world lies in Kung Fu Jungle Boy’s hands. Kung Fu Jungle Boy must fight with all his might until peace is restored. The art is one of the main draws for this comic. Satan’s followers are all uniquely drawn and the illustrations breathe life into every character in this comic. The battle scenes are epic and have readers rooting for their hero to succeed. Just as in any boys’ comics, the one-to-one battle scenes are the most interesting parts in this comic. Kung Fu Jungle Boy is a great example of a boys’ comic genre in Korea: good wins over evil, there is copious magic and spirits, and each combatant’s sword is imbued with astonishing magical power.
Author's Other Works
My Love(1993), Pam Pam the Snow Knight(2000), Blind Fish (2001), Three Kingdoms (2007)
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Let’s Be Perverts
Lee Yoo-jung
First Publication Gigas (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2001) Genre Drama First Edition 2002 Publisher Shigongsa Total Volumes(Year Finished) 4 (Finished, 2003)

About the Author Male, born 1972. His story lines

are concise and fast paced, and he’s especially gifted in short stories. He has been publishing in Japanese cartoon magazines since 2000. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Netcomics First Edition 2006 Total Volumes 4 (Finished)

On How I Became A Pervert
“I am 17 years old. I’m a young energetic high school student who, like any other kid, is curious about sex. However, I’ve already been labeled a ‘pervert’. Ironically, my parents named me Byun Tae-ji (the name pronounced means Me Pervert in Korean). So, I’m a pervert.” “I, Byun Tae-ji, am a normal student. Unfortunately, my curiosity usually gets me into tough spots. For instance, on my first day at a new school (because I was known as a pervert in my previous school), I see a creepy guy following a girl. I just try to save the girl and block the guy, but somehow ‘I’ end up being called the creepy pervert. When I arrive at school, it turns out that the girl was another new student in our class, Hong-dan. And the creepy guy was our math teacher! Though the math teacher was a great teacher, he keeps making sexual jokes at the girls. And Hong-dan is his next target. However, Hong-dan has a secret. She’s a skilled fighter, and also has a thing with another girl (that is soooo hot)! How am I supposed to get

myself out of this?” “There are a lot of other interesting kids at out school. One guy who got dumped by a girl resorts to rape, one kid escapes from reality by watching porn, and one girl, who everyone thought was a nerd, turns out to be dating a married older man.”

Author's Other Works
Wild Stress (1994), The Wild Vampire (1996), The Snakehead Wars (1998), Asian(1998), Hair(2001)
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Madtown Hospital
Kim Jin-tae
First Publication Booking(Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2000) Genre Comedy First Edition 2000 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 4(Finished, 2001)

About the Author Born in 1968, the author drew for

his college newspaper and made his debut by winning an open contest in 1989. The author covers social and ethical issues with a satirical and humorous twist. U.S. Edition Information
PublisherNetcomics First Edition 2006 Total Volumes 4(Finished)

Madtown Hospital
It is hard to predict what Madtown Hospital is about, especially if you are thinking of a typical medical drama. This is no typical medical drama. Here you won’t find typical doctors are dedicated to their cause, greedy doctors are blind for money, nor a perfectly matched doctor couple, and it is not full of tear-jerking dramatic event. The stories in Madtown Hospital are simply beyond common sense. Dr. Han Ho-saek, one of the main characters, has a record for the number patients who have died under his knife. Dr. Kang Yoo-hee puts all of her energy into research. Dr. Oh Eun-joo, an old male nurse, is probably the most energetic of them all-despite his appearance. Dr. Bae Ho-il is a shrink and treats his patients through ventriloquism. Dr. Woong Dam is obsessed with healthy food. If all these quirky characters were not enough, we have a smiling corpse wandering around the hospital. Oh, and the doctors like to eat sashimi in the operating rooms and cut their meat with surgical

knives. And sometimes-just to be normal-they will miniaturize themselves to get into a patient’s body, and they are willing to hide a patient away to win over a rival hospital. These small light-hearted episodes are quite out of the sensical world. Madtown Hospital is the place where there is no practicality, when it should be the place where it is needed the most. Moreover it is the place where unique, cheerful personalities give you the most unexpected reading pleasure. Like many of Kim Jin-tae’s works, the comic is based on a professional background. His approach to theme in Madtown Hospital is light-hearted and dumb-foundingly funny. It is best if the readers understand the beauty of this comic, as it comes out from pure exaggeration and perversion-taking the power of comical imagination to the extreme. It does not fail to deliver a sharp satire on society.

Author's Other Works
Stories under the Skirt(1990), Korean Boss Whang(1991), Good morning Boss(1996), Gag House(1997), Sexy Girl (1997), Bubbling(1998), New Korean Boss Whang(1998), GoGo Cherry Cherry(1999), Citizen Hero(1999), Banana Girl(2005)
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Metal Heart
Yoon Jae-ho
First Publication Chance (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2004) Genre SF First Edition 2004 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 11(Unfinshed)

About the Author Male, born in 1975, the author
demonstrates his deep knowledge as a game maniac in his comics.

Beautiful-girl Love Comedy
Love stories featuring a beautiful girl is ever evolving and this new modern story is about a beautiful android girl transported from a game world into the real world. Hyun Min-woo is a game-playing maniac and considered by others as an otaku. He is into his second year in high school and has never dated a girl. One day, he is beta-testing a game, Metal Heart 2, and meets a beautiful girl Min Si-a, who looks just like the heroine of the game. He sometimes get twirled into a series of events where he is bound to date Si-a. She is actually an android manufactured by a multiinternational group, Mega Tech, but she thinks she is the heroine of the game and forgets that she is a robot due to a system error. Now Min-woo is caught with the dilemma of getting rid of this dangerous machine, Si-a, and bringing her to a default setting by playing a dating game with her in the real world. The author is known as the best illustrator of beautiful girls in Korea, and Metal

Heart is definitely a work that demonstrates his talent well. He is also known as a game maniac just like the hero of the comic. Metal Heart is a nice blend of his knowledge of games and his comic-drawing skills. Many details borrowed from other comics, animations, and games, are all parodied and embedded in the comic. These elements pleasantly surprise and entertain the readers, especially all the lovers of comics, animations, and games. The author touches up all his drawings by a computer which greatly enhances the background details and drawings of each person. The coloring and the book cover are all done wonderfully by hand.
Author's Other Works
Angel Cup(2001), ONE+ONE(2001), In Dream World(2002)
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Now
Park Sung-woo
First Publication IQ Jump (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2001) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2001 Publisher Seoul Cultural Publishers Total Volumes(Year Finished) 25 (Unfinished) Media Crossover Mobile Game

About the Author Male, born in 1972. A member of a comic book fan club, he constantly uses fantasy and neo-chivalry for his motifs. He is famous for using the computer for his illustrations.
U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Infinity Studios First Edition 2006 Total Volumes 6 (Unfinished)

The Power of Fantasy, the Fun of Neo-Martial Arts
A sequel to his previous work, Sirius, this comic features the characters from the previous book after two generations in a post-Koguryo Dynasty. The previous book told the story of a Koguryo soldier, Yeon-O-Rang, who journeyed to the midlands in search of his elder brother Pagunsung. Pagunsung was trained in the martial arts called “Demons’ Dance,” and was a champion that ruled the midlands. In the prior book, Yeon-O-Rang travels with the Chunsan swordswoman’s apprentice Wol-HaRang; and together, they master the art of the Demons’ Dance. In Now, the main characters are all of Korean descent such as: the boy Biryu, the daughters of Yeon-O-Rang and Wol-Ha-Rang: Yeon-A-Ran and Yeon-A-Rin, and the teenage boy Yoo Seha. Pagunsung, after killing hundreds of midland martial arts masters, suddenly disappears. And eventually, all of his siblings that were learning the Demons’ Dance die-except for the youngest Seha. Seha embarks on a search for Yeon-A-Rin, who is a Demons’ Dance master despite being just a young

girl. Together, they meet the boy Biryu, a master of the Demons’ Dance. Master Biryu sometimes falls unconscious and kills people, but believes in the power of the Demons’ Dance. Biryu is the sole survivor of a massacre, and plans revenge on those who killed his family after the fall of Koguryo. However, after embarking on a journey that was his grandfather’s wish, he slowly learns the true meaning of martial arts and himself. This comic tells the story of the children fighting the followers of King Myeong, and growing up in the face of dreary memories of their families and their past. The author has published several science fiction, fantasy, and neo-chivalry stories using his clear computer-graphic like illustrations. By stretching his story across two generations, he refines the story using his sequels and special editions. Among those works, Now, is considered his finest. It reinterprets the fantasy of the oriental world. With illustration styles and characters that are acclaimed in Japan, Park debuted in a 2004 Japanese Comic book magazine and is now working in both countries.

Author's Other Works
The Legend of the Eight Dragons (1993), Sirius (1997), Pagans (2000), Zero – The Coffin of the Beginning (2001), Zero – The Circle of Flow(2006)
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Planet Blood
Kim Tae-hyung
First Publication Young Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1994) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1996 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 11(Finished, 2000) Media Crossover Game (2006)

About the Author Male, born in 1971. Before he

debuted as an author, he worked at a computer graphics company where he drew original paintings. Since releasing Planet Blood, he has been participating in creating the original artwork for the game. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2005 Total Volumes 10 (Unfinished)

How Does the Era of Space War Begin?
Author Kim Tae-hyung is both a comic book writer and one of Korea’s most celebrated illustrators. His most noted work Planet Blood, which is filled with intricate sceneries and background effects using screentone, is considered to be an illustration handbook rather than a comic book. Consequently, it is currently being used by some schools as art textbooks. In year U.C. (Universal Century) 0031, after enduring World War 5, the human population has decreased by almost 46%, and many flee Earth to colonies on the moon and Mars. An “Earth-Purification” policy is set up. The plan goes that the entire population will leave Earth so that it can be purified for 60 years. After which, 35% of the earth population will be brought back home. But as soon as the time for the move back comes around, men start fighting over property and wealth distribution. Eventually, the men on Mars announce their independence, and thus the first Space War begins.

On the last day of the war, our hero ‘Shinan’ receives a mission to guard and transport Martian attack satellite “Dike” to the moon in order to end the war. Dike explodes, and Shinan, along with his companions Yan and Scod, are teleported to the planet Horai where (like in medieval times) swords and sorcery reign. On this planet, a war between the king’s twin son and the king’ s stepson Pantera is being waged. The three hapless warriors are sucked into this chaos. But soon, they learn that the ancient magic and myths of the Horai actually originated from their home: Earth.
Author's Other Works
Restricted Area (1992), Ant Man (1993)
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Priest
Hyung Min-woo
First Publication Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1998) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1998 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 16 (Unfinished) Media Crossover MMORPG Online Game(2003), a movie contract ongoing with a Hollywood studio (2007)

About the Author The author switched his style
with this comic. Priest is being made into a Hollywood movie. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2002 Total Volumes 15 (Unfinished)

The First Korean Comic Made into a Hollywood Movie
Priest is a horror fantasy comic featuring the hero, Ivan Isaac. Isaac is a priest during the American Gold Rush era who performs exorcisms. The comic depicts his struggle against Satan. This work became one of the favorite comics in Korea because of its tight storyline featuring Ivan’s adventures, battles, and intense confrontations with Satan along his way. Another reason for the comics’ popularity is because of its distinct illustrations. Ivan Isaac was adopted into a family, and he falls in love with his adopted sister, Gena. His stepfather forces him to go to a seminary to become a priest. However, the priests at his seminary want to restore evil spirits. He gets involved in this scheme and succeeds in reviving Themosarae, the “Fallen Angel”. Ivan loses his belief of God when he accidentally kills Gena and starts a plan of revenge by selling his soul to the devil. Ivan’s painful memory-of having cut off his lover’s headamplifies his anguish and anger throughout his journey.

Many supporting characters compliment this interesting storyline: a devout Christian who abandons his soul and body after losing his faith in God and a fanatic Christian who interprets the will of God to his liking. Priest is the first Korean comic that is going to be made into a Hollywood movie. Sam Raimi, the director of Spiderman, is the producer of the movie with Andrew Douglas of The Amityville Horror slated as the director. The crew is currently filming in Mexico, and Gerard Butler of 300 plays the hero. The movie is scheduled to open in 2008. The author is currently working on War of Warrior Gods and is actively involved in turning it into a PC game.

Author's Other Works
Life of a Hot-blooded Judo Champion(1995), Chronicles of King Tae’s Journey North (1996), War of Warrior Gods (2007)
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Ragnarök
Lee Myung-jin
First Publication Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1998) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1998 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 10(Unfinished) Media Crossover Online RPG (2002), TV animation (2004)

About the Author Born in 1974, the author’s debut
broke the million copy sales record. Ragnarök was made into a game in which he participated as the game designer. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Tokyopop First Edition 2002 Total Volumes 10 (Unfinished)

A Fantasy Masterpiece Made Internationally Successful through an Online Game
What is the most successful project to come out of the Korean Manhwa industry? This question has come under tremendous debate, but in terms of commercial success, Ragnarok definitely stands on top. Ragnarok was made into an online RPG game that is played worldwide in over 63 countries. The success of the online game had a lot to do with the creator: Lee Myung-jin. He not only supported this project as a game designer; but prior to the game’s development, he created the manhwa under the assumption that it would be made into an RPG game. Ragnarok follows the life and adventures of the warrior Chaos, who is an amnesiac that cannot remember the prior two years of his life. He resides in the city of Fayon, which is inhabited by a long line of warriors. Iris Irine is the next in line to claim the head position of the village. She trains with her close friend Chaos to become a suitable leader for her people. Meanwhile, Fenris Fenrir searches for the

reincarnation of Balder: the ancient God, and goes to find Chaos. When Sara Irine (one of the twelve evil Valkyries of Freya) and Sakray (the cursed prosecutor) bring about bloodshed in Fayon, Chaos is thrown into a war between his past and the fate of this world. The author worked on Ragnarok for over three years before it came out. He was inspired by the Northern European myth of Ragnarok: the final battle between the Gods and Goddesses and the Frost Giants. Lee Myung-jin’s characters are clad in majestic regale and well equipped and with weapons and various magical skills. His art is dynamic and flourishing, his backgrounds panoramic. It is no wonder that his fantasy comic was much admired by the readers of the magazine in which it first appeared. Lee Myung-jin is a wunderkind in the Korean manhwa industry. His first manhwa was written while he was still in high school and his first effort sold a million sales and was praised for its depiction of teen culture of the time. He has been labeled, “manhwa genius.” Thanks in part to the popularity of the game, the comic Ragnarok, has became an international hit in the fantasy genre. It has been exported to 24 countries worldwide.
Author's Other Works
Something’s Gotta Happen This Evening (1992), Genocider (1995)
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Shaman Warrior
Park Jung-ki
First Publication Booking(Bi-weekly comic Magazine, 2003) Genre Fntasy First Edition 2003 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 9 (Finished, 2006)

About the Author M a l e, b o r n 19 7 9. H e w a s
determined to finish his debut piece Dangoo in 9 volumes. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher Dark Horse First Edition 2006 Total Volumes    

Watch the Actions of a Warrior chosen by God
Man yearns for a power stronger than his own. Dangoo adds the motivation for this. The psychic warrior is the reason for this. The writer explains all this in the beginning. This refers to the chosen one, a warrior who has extraordinary power. If a person with psychic power is called a psychic, a psychic warrior refers to a warrior chosen by god. In Dangoo, the writer starts with two important rules. First, psychics are hereditary, through blood. Another is that psychics only show potential for something stronger. To become a psychic warrior, you need some revelation. This of course, explodes in extraordinary power. The funny thing is that psychic warriors are shown with blood filled eyes like those of an uncontrollable person. Dangoo starts off with these two basic rules and then follows with a continuum of sword against sword and power against power battles. The setting for this cartoon is unclear. It is somewhere in ancient North Asia, just after the Iron Age. A dominating tribe called the Kukai is on a cleansing mission and is in constant battle with other tribes. A psychic warrior named Arang, who had set many feats for the Kukai, is stabbed in the back by his superior and killed just because he is psychic. His daughter Yaki, who received his blood, searches with many helpers seeks revenge on the man who betrayed her father.

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Sun and Moon
Kwon Ga-ya
First Publication IQ Jump (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine) Genre Martial Art First Edition 1996 Publisher Sigongsa Total Volumes(Year Finished) 3 (Finished, 2001)

About the Author Born in 1966, the author
became famous through a weekly series in 1990s. He introduced a new kind of chivalry comics with his works. His work features a huge scale background with elegant art.

The Art in the World of Chivalry Comics
Kwan Gaya is considered a pioneer of new martial arts. Here are two reasons: first, the art; and second, his hero transcends stereotypes. Sun and Moon is a world unlike any martial arts setting in ancient China times, and his weapon designs such as swords, iron hammers, and armor have futuristically unique shapes. The hero of Sun and Moon, Baek Il-hong, is well known for his sleepy eyes, lack of seriousness, his habit of jumping on his soapbox, and his unwillingness to let his guard down on women. This is one hero who does not treat a woman gently. Most heroes in martial arts usually care deeply about women or consider them weak. Even if the battle opponent is a woman, he does not give her any advantage. So there are no romantic or playboy elements here. For these reasons, this work is very masculine. Sun and Moon was serialized in weekly magazine targeting early teens. Because the main subject is bloody battles of the characters, it looks like a typical martial arts comic. However, it breaks conventional rules for martial arts through

extraordinary character development and unique presentation. In addition, its philosophical contents are loved by late teens and twenties who are older than original target readers. By mingling calm scenes and active scenes, the author gives the story dramatic tension. For example, battle scenes are composed of consistently urgent panels. Moreover, the author leaves empty spaces in his layout to indicate when his character is absorbed in thinking or having a casual conversation. This is a technique usually used in oriental painting.

Author's Other Works
Man's Story(1999), Lucky Adventure(2000), Blue Road (2002)
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The Boss
Lim Jae-won
First Publication Champ (Bi-weekly Comic Magazine, 1996) Genre Drama/Action First Edition 1996 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 52(Unfinished) Media Crossover Action role-playing Game(2004)

About the Author The author is working on The

Boss for 10 years, and it was released in 52 volumes under one title. This is the longest-running record for a comic in Korean. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher ADV Manga(V3~) First Edition 2004 Total Volumes 3 (Unfinished)

School Action Comic, the Boss
Both in Korea and Japan the story of school is most popular. It became a popular genre in the mid 1990 with stories about the power struggle teenager boys’ and their growth to adult. The teenagers easy in these stories fight away the stress of tests and their eventual conformity to society. Park San-ha’s The Real Man and Lim Jaewon’s The Boss are the two representatives of this kind of storyline in Korea. The title of this comic made the term ‘Jjang,’ which means the best or the strongest, synonymous with this genre. The hero Hyun Sang-tae always causes trouble because he is loyal to his friend and can’t handle his temper when he sees injustices caused them. He always helps friends when they fight so he becomes the most famous fighter in the city Incheon. As a result, Sang-tae has many challengers that try to usurp his power. Incheon high schools are battlefields. The comic follows the typical high school action storyline, which show many rivals and fights. Each story’s climax has new

fighters and the broadening of the battle area. What differentiates these ‘wars’ from the gang war comics is that these battles seem justifiable. There is no way the hero nor other supporting characters can escape from battle. The combatants all look like models or fashion icon, which is appealing from a superficial standpoint to teenagers. Other supporting characters have very distinct iconic personalities. For example, Han-young, one of the supporting characters, has an online fan club. Finally, the author’s skill in describing the kinetic battle down to last drop of sweat keeps this genre popular.
Author's Other Works
Young Cops(1995), Oriental Special Express(1995)
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The Era of Aerial Sepulture
Lee Sung-gyu & Kari
First Publication Young Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2004) Genre Fantasy First Edition 2004 Publisher Daiwon C.I Total Volumes(Year Finished) 8 (Unfinished)

About the Author Male. Won the “Manhwa of Today
Award” (2005) and the “Korea Comics Award” special award (2007) for The Age of Aerial Burials.

A Historical Fantasy of Korea’s Last Dynasty
The Age of Aerial Burials is a Korean fantasy cartoon set in the confusion of the late Joseon Dynasty. The Joseon Dynasty was the last Korean royal dynasty, which arose in the 14th century and continued on to the early 20th century. This piece is set near the end of the kingdom as the new world was just about to begin. Jung Jinsa, a regional bourgeois, studies for 30 years in order to become a royal commissioner. But then Gojong, the last king of Korea, declares the Hongbeon Article 14, which intends to modernize the country. This policy abolishes the state examinations and Jinsa loses his chance. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his son, Jung Mok, suffers from a severe fever and his life falls in danger. During his malady, Jung Mok meets a demon wearing a Western suit, who leads him to another world.

There, Jung Mok meets his guardian animals, which represent his birth year, month, day, time (Cow, Dragon, Lamb, Tiger accordingly), and they save his life. After that, Jung Mok becomes a local shaman with the ability to see what others can’t. Jung Mok, with the help of his guardian animals, learns to predict the future, prevents accidents, and stops demons. These guardian animals know that he is the vessel that Maitreya (Buddha) will use when he reincarnates. The Japanese fear him and do everything in their power in order to prevent the reincarnation of Maitreya because Maitreya has the power to revive the Joseon dynasty. The magic of this story is how it weaves the history of the Joseon dynasty and regional myths. In the history of Joseon, the Hongbeon Article 14 ignites a series of revolutionary acts and modernization movements that help it gain independence from the Chinese Ching Dynasty. These articles actually turn out to be a plot from Japan to get the Joseon Kingdom out of China’s protection. This is how Jung Mok unintentionally ends up in the age of confusion. Out of the protection of China, the Joseon dynasty becomes the battle arena for the Japanese power struggle.
Author's Other Works
Bargeta (2000)
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The Magical Thousand Chinese Characters
Serial
Genre Educational First Edition 2003 Publisher Owlbook Total Volumes(Year Finished) 16(Unfinished) Media Crossover Musical (2007), currently being produced into the animation and a theme park.

About the Author ‘Serial’ is a pseudonym of two

cartoonists. In the case of educational comics, cartoonists normally use a pen name, assigning their authorship to publishers completely. Therefore, the author is the publisher.

Educational Manhwa Puts a Spell on Kids
Educational comics are a unique genre in Korea and have become a trend lately. Parents recognize the positive effects of comics such as in the biography of a great people, classics, science, and foreign languages. There are now comic textbooks where the whole textbook contents are display in comic strips. One of the most popular educational manhwa is The Magical Thousand Chinese Characters. It was published to help students memorize Chinese characters through the help of comics; as soon as it was released, it was a sensational hit. In 5 years, 16 books have been published and have sold more than 8,000,000 volumes. The original was recently remade into a musical, an animation and a theme park are being made based on the comic.

© Serial / Owlbook

Most educators agree that Chinese characters should be taught early for greater understanding of the Korean language and to get a head start on learning the Chinese language. What makes The Magical Thousand Chinese Characters so engaging for kids is its use of many fun exaggerations while following the core story of the origin. For instance, Samjangbubsa, an old and inspiring monk is changed into a pretty and spunky girl that wins a magic tournament. It was a good way to attract many readers. A Chinese character comes up on every page, and they blend seamlessly into the story. Each book introduces 20 new Chinese characters. The book changed the tradition of how Korean students memorized the 1000 main Chinese characters. This resulted in the social phenomena of reading out Chinese characters’ sounds (which are often on shop signs and businesses) and meanings all over Korea. Parental support is the main reason for the recent surge in the educational comic trend. They expect education and entertainment. This fusion of ideas is a win-win situation for the kids who read these comics who have fun and education at the same time.

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Lim Kwang-mook & Choi Seong-hyun

The Official
First Publication Young Champ (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1998) Genre Fantasy First Edition 1999 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 5 (Finished, 2000)

About the Author Male. By putting a modern twist
on the oriental art of calligraphy, he is known for his surreal illustrations.

A New Twist on Martial Arts
When is this? Where is this? Where does it start, and does it even end? These are some of the questions that fill your mind while reading Lim Kwang-mook’s comics. However, despite these questions, you can’t help but to fall deeply into the illustrations. For one, he uses several visual contrasts, like the contrast between black ink and white paper. He draws surreal atmospheres and radical characters. And on top of that, the narration of the story might cause a severe case of dyslexia. For readers of his comics, the language-whether you’re a Korean native or a complete foreigner-is not a factor. The setting of the story is the village of Hwa-Woo, a surreal and dreamy place where cultures collide. This is the home of Kyoui, the main character, who, most of the time, lives like a weak, autistic person. However, when faced with either internal or external stimulation, he suddenly gains the strength and ability of a martial arts master. One day, while standing around listlessly at the station, he meets a woman

named June who is being chased by villains. Suddenly, Kyoui’s world is turned upside-down. June, the story’s heroine, is a poor girl who was sold into prostitution because of her parents debt. Many villagers say she resembles the goddess Sohee. A swordsman named Jin Kak Woo, who was once in love with Sohee, appears to help June. Meanwhile, Ezra, the head of the gang Mohwaega, and also a rejected lover of Sohee, sends assassins to kill Jin Kak Woo and Do Chun-Young. The old bitter ties between Ezra and Jin Kak Woo end up entangling the lives of Kyoui and June. This comic was the first to be published simultaneously in both Korea and Japan. The author’s unique frame styling and strong action illustrations brought attention to this comic, even in the early stages of its publishing. Also, the usual distinction between good and evil is obliterated, and the story evolves more around the conflict and drama of the characters. His complicated character relationships and philosophical signs and motifs are easily misunderstood or missed in translation. However, his calligraphic art style and wide variety of characters, both good and evil, are the reasons why many readers keep reading. This comic was released in the United States in 2002, re-titled to The Sect and some of the author’s new works are set to be released in Japan.
Author's Other Works
Like a Movie (1996), G-PLUS (2002), Diaries of a Chronic Disease (2005)
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The Ruler of the Land
Yang Jae-hyun & Jeon Keuk-jin
First Publication Young Champ(Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1995) Genre Martial Art First Edition 1995 Publisher Daiwon C.I. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 45(Unfinished) Media Crossover RPG Game the ruler of the land online 1, 2

About the Author Born in 1970, the author has put

all his efforts into finishing The Ruler of the Land due to its popularity. U.S. Edition Information
Publisher ADV Manga(V9~) First Edition   Total Volumes 9 (Unfinished)

Refreshing Comic Heroism with Orange Breeze
The Ruler of the Land was started in 1994 in the teenager comic magazine “Young Champ” and is still going strong after 14 years. This comic has 45 issues in the series and has been sold more than 3 millions volumes. This is the best selling record as an independent publisher. This comic has been labeled ‘new heroism,’ because the author used more sensitive language, which teenager and young people can understand and relate to. Instead of traditional heroism’s confrontation with dignity, tragic beauty, revenge, this new heroism blends typical Asian heroism with fantasy and light humor. The hero Han Bi-gwang is not a wanderer like other traditional heroes. He has wonderful inner strength. He doesn’t have a special martial arts’ technique

and there is no goal for him to achieve. He is not a reliable person; he is more like light, lascivious, and frivolous person. He becomes a disciple of the martial arts’ master Chunmasingun by chance, so he is protected by the Black Wind gang. He constantly tries to date with women. For example, Han Bi-gwang meets a fighter of high-grade Dam Hwa-lin by accident. Dam Hwa-lin is a woman dressed in male attire. Han Bi-gwang sees her portrait of her and falls in love, but he doesn’t notice Hwa-lin because she is dressed as a man. She promises introduce him the woman in the portrait; hence, their adventures begin. The Ruler of the Land is a success, not just in popularity, but also in media crossover. This comic was used as the source of a RPG online game, and this game has been exported to US, Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan, and other countries. Furthermore, the characters of the comic are used for the stationary products and the illustration books have become popular.
Author's Other Works
Lonely Samurai(1998)
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The V agrant Soldier
Ryu Kum-chel
Genre Fantasy First Edition 2001 Publisher Random House Korea Total Volumes(Year Finished) 6(Finished, 2008)

About the Author Male, born in 1978. His debut
piece The Vagrant Soldier was finished in 7 years through 26 books. He is praised for his unique illustrations.

The Journey of Misfits Going off to the Battlefield
Ares is a one-eyed boy. He is a young misfit, who normally has a peaceful face; however, he turns into a fierce warrior once he holds up his sword. After wandering around, he ends up joining an army of knights as a mercenary. The reason: he needs a place to eat and sleep. The Vagrant Soldier is set around the battle between the four nations of Kronos, the Ladink Confederation, Silonica, and Isiris. Ares, the apprentice of a Kronos swordsman Kiron, embarks on a journey to find the ‘Red Eye Knight’ who killed his teacher and took his eye. On the way, he ends up in a mercenary troop. With his friends Mikael and Baruna, he fights off thieving kings and becomes friends with Kronos’s princess, Ariadne, (with whom he develops a teenage crush.) His

ultimate goal is to find his master’s lost sword, but the journey itself is unplanned and unexpected. Though this piece is set in medieval time, it seems to draw a lot of inspiration from Greek mythology. Ares is the God of War. Kronos, the God of Time. And the Minos Kingdom and Ariadne all appear in the Theseus myth. Ares, like the God of War, is strong and ruthless in his fights. This is because he learned from his master that only the strong survive. The only one who can cure his dry heart is Ariadne. Like in the myth where she helps Theseus find his way out of the Minos maze, Ariadne offers Ares emotional and mental support. In this story, we get to see the young Ares mature into into a true hero.

Author's Other Works
Four Forest Zone (2007)
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V ERITAS
Kim Dong-hoon & Yoon Joon-shik
First Publication Booking (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 2005) Genre Fantasy/ Action First Edition 2005 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 6(Unfinished)

About the Author VERITAS is the author’s first

work, he made debut with the support in Korea Culture and Content Agency. He is famous for his elaborate drawing. He was honored with Excellence honor in Korea Manhwa Award in 2007.

Fantasy Based on Korean Traditional Martial Arts with A Modern
Can mysterious Eastern martial arts be accepted in the West? Fans abroad might find it fun when they see ancient martial arts in present time because it invites them to the fantasy world. This is the author’s intention. The setting of Veritas is the present time but guides us to more competitive world between much stronger martial arts masters. Veritas pits traditional martial arts successors against a huge multinational company. Our main character, Ma Gang-ryong, rules the Gwang-poon Junior High School in fighting. But he fights according to his wild instinct, so he knows he cannot win against several people at once in reality. Just as Gang-ryong is about to suffer defeat, Neui-ho appears. Neui-ho is the successor of the Chenbu-ohaeng martial arts tradition. This form of martial arts uses thunder and is symbolized by gold. Seeing Neui-ho’s disciplined, awesome power, Gang-ryong begs him to be his teacher. Through training, he feels a sense of

power he had never felt before. Gang-ryong is reborn through training, but suddenly his teacher disappears. Later a strange gang comes up to him and hands him the arm of his teacher. Saddened, he starts to track down his teacher and ends up at a school owned by the Reunion. The Reunion students are hostile to Gang-ryong because Neui-ho is their public enemy. However, Gang-ryong fights against them using his teacher’s training, ‘Neuijeong-sohon.’ The introduction of secret traditional martial arts such as “Namsadangpa,” which is the fighting style of Korean festive traditional performers, and “The Descendents of Tiger Hunters” make the comic more interesting and exciting.
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Yahoo
Yoon Tae-ho
First Publication Booking (Bi-Weekly Comic Magazine, 1999) Genre Drama First Edition 1999 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 20(Finished, 2003)

About the Author Born in 1969, Yahoo won Today’
s Manhwa Award in 1999 and Moss won “Excellent Honor” during the Korea Manhwa Award in 2007.

A Reassessment of 20th Century Korean History
Kim Hyeon, an ordinary high school boy, sees his father’s corpse after it was crushed in an unexpected building collapse. This 19-year-old boy experiences the terrible accident and yet seems not to care about it. But this incident starts the growth of his destructive instinct deep in his heart. He drops out of school and tries to find the way to escape the world; he joins a joint a security force whose job is to suppress protestors. However, more miserable situations occur to him there and his inner violent emotions blaze out. He begins to wage a reckless war against authority. A “Yahoo” is the human-like beast in Gulliver’s Travels that has a filthy unkempt body. They are lascivious, crude, and obsessed with pretty stones. Just as an average high school boy becomes a terrorist, this word tries to tell us that all people who witness corruption and social irregularities in Korean modern history are yahoos at heart.

This comic recounts large accidents in Korea such as: the gas explosion in Ahyeon-dong, the breakdown of Seongsu Bridge, and the collapse of Sampoon department store. It makes us consider questions such as: ‘if you were there…’ and ‘if you witnessed the father’s death in your eyes…’ The author gives direct accusations of critical moments in Korea’s stormy history. Though the comic spotlights real history from 80’s to the early 21-century, some fictional elements like Sugyeongdae (the security force that Kim Hyeon worked for) were added and show how imagination works in a comic form. The author has his own traits such as his adequate drawing style, restrained scripts, and a calm artistic direction that does not exaggerate. He pursues his own inventive path and is unwilling to compromise-regardless of the latest fad. He shares his concerns and asks questions to the generation that demonstrates against the corrupted society.

Author's Other Works
A Husband, Sleeping Alone(1996), Yeon’s Special Story (1997), Sugoong Special Story(1997), Outrageous Life(1998), Romance(2001), A Street Knight’s Scuffle (2006), Siren(2006), Moss(2007)
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Yongbi the Invincible
Moon Jung-hoo
First Publication Chance (Bi-Weekly comic Magazine, 1996) Genre Martial Art First Edition 1996 Publisher Haksan Pub. Total Volumes(Year Finished) 23 (Finished, 2002) Media Crossover RPG game (2005), Mobile RPG game (2003, 2007)

About the Author Male, Born in 1967. Won the
Today’s Manhwa Award for Yongbi.

Hybrid Martial Art Is Stronger
The home of martial art comics is China, and while China emphasizes traditional martial art cartoon structures, Korea has long tried to create new hybrid versions of the martial art genre. While following this trend, Yongbi certainly deviates from the traditional Martial Art structure. Even though it contains the main features of a martial art comic, this piece experiments with new modern techniques. Yongbi follows a man, journeying the lands in search of a ‘greater force’. But it adds a modern twist to this story. Our main character is not a typical hero, but a rather realistic fellow who evokes humor at unexpected times. Even in the tensest moments, this piece gives comic relief such as showing a horse that, in action, is smarter to our leading character. An animal smarter than a man might appear

in comedy cartoons, such as Wallace’s Gromit or Dilbert’s friend Dogbert, but it seldom appears in this genre. The fact that it is willing to overstep those conventions is what distinguishes this from other cartoons in its field. Our hero, bounty hunter Yongbi, loves money and sex, and seems to be a character that can’t be taken seriously. He travels with his horse and partner Biryong, and together, they hunt for rewards. One day, Yongbi captures Guhui, a man worth 1000 nyang. The head of an evil murderous clan, Guhui swears revenge on Yongbi. While transporting Guhui across the land, Yongbi saves a child from drowning in the water. As a thank you, Yongbi receives a golden necklace. This golden necklace turns out to be the key to great treasure and power: the legendary key of the Golden Castle! Once Yongbi discovers this secret, he starts his own hunt for the treasure. Consequently, several martial arts clans, powerful officials, and the revenge-seeking Guhui chase Yongbi. But Yongbi has a secret. He was once the head of an unstoppable, murderous clan. One night, he fell into a trap and lost all his men during battle. After we learn about this past, we see that there is actually more than meets the eye to this humorous, yet sad character.
Author's Other Works
Whirldwind (1998), The Demon Battles (2001), Yongbi Special Edition (2006)
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