Manhwa

The third of six evening events during London Book Fair week, which unfortunately overlaps with a session with Yi Mun-yol at the British Library. Toon Talk: Webtoons, A New Trend in Korean Digital Comics 8 April, 19.00-20.00 A special talk with Korean webtoon writer, Yoon Tae-ho, famous for his unique works such as Moss, later […]

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Manhwa – the colours of Korean comics: three weeks of Manhwa at the KCC and Foyles

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2012
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Three years ago we had an interesting exhibition at the KCC celebrating 100 years of Korean manhwa. November’s exhibition returns to the manhwa theme, with five prominent artists coming to London. Manhwa – Korean Story & Painting 2012, The Colours of Korean Comics 2012 Manhwa Art Exhibition : The Colour of Change at Korean Cultural […]

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The depiction of famine in North Korean comics

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2011
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A reminder of this Friday’s talk at SOAS: A New Deal: comic story representations of food issues in post-famine North Korea Speaker: Martin Petersen (University of Copenhagen) Date: 25 November 2011, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square, College Building, Room G50 Abstract In the mid to late 1990s North Korea went through a famine […]

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Ill-Fated Relationship: get your manhwa in English, on the iPhone

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2011
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When I was in Korea last May I met up with Kim Jin-sung, the man behind online CD merchant Mr Kwang. He told me about his project to bring manhwa, Korean graphic novels, to an English speaking audience. I was expecting something web-based. But with the advent of the iPhone, an app is as good […]

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Priest at the Empire Leicester Square

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2011
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Screen adaptation of Hyung Min-woo’s manhwa “Priest” is on at the Empire Leicester Square now. Time Out gives it a neutral review. #. From the trailer it looks rather fun.

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The LKL Korea Trip 2009 pt 3: 20th century art and history

by Philip Gowman 24 July 2009
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Friday 17 July Today I elect to revisit the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon (국립 현대 미술관). Very easy to get to: Seoul Grand Park subway stop on Line 4. Get out at exit 4 and get the free shuttle bus which leaves every 20 minutes. There’s a great Manhwa exhibition on at […]

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A manhwa artist at war

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2009
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The Manhwa exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre finished this week, in preparation for the new Living Heritage exhibition. It was an interesting exhibition, giving some of the history of manhwa from its beginnings in early twentieth century newspapers, to the graphic novels which are avidly consumed today and which form a major part of […]

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The Manhwa 100 Workshop

by Philip Gowman 15 June 2009
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Celebrating a Centenary of Korean Comics The Korean Cultural Centre Tuesday 23rd June 2009 ‘Finding Your Own Way’ With Damian Gascoigne As a culmination of this summer’s centenary celebrations of Manhwa at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, we are proud to announce that the guest speaker for The Manhwa 100 Workshop will be established illustrator; […]

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Ragnarok – one of Korea’s top manhwa

by Philip Gowman 20 May 2009
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Manhwa in Korea was born 100 years ago. From their beginnings as cartoons in the newspapers, they have grown into long-running graphic novel serials with spin-offs in online games and big screen adaptations. Among the most celebrated of modern Manhwa series are Priest (Hyung Min-woo) and Ragnarok (Lee Myung-jin). Both of these have been translated […]

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100 years of Manhwa at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2009
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Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) UK celebrate the centenary of Korean comics ‘Manhwa’ with a host of interrelated special exhibitions, events and film screenings, 21 May – 24 June 2009. Special Exhibitions Manhwa: A Language of Unlimited Imaginations Manhwa celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009. This popular art form holds […]

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