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

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 Centre UK

1 – 21 Novemeber 2012
10am – 5pm on weekdays │ 11am – 5 pm on Saturdays │ Closed on Sundays
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW

Manhwa exhibition poster

Five Korean comic artists are ready to impress the UK. Min-Woo Hyung, super-star creator of the international best-seller Priest, adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Paul Bethany; respected pioneer Doo-Ho Lee, who contributed to the Korea: as Viewed by 12 Creators comics anthology available in English from Fanfare/Ponent Mon; and modern Manhwa masters including Jung-Taek Che (Mr. Kimchi), Jung-hyun Suk (The Ghost) and popular webtoonist Jude Friday. Those five Korean artists and five beloved British artists talk about the industry and what inspires them in London. Five British comic artists are Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, David Hine, Ilya, Marc EllerbyandKarrie Fransman. Daniel Merlin Goodbrey is a pioneer of British webcomic and David Hine is well known as his X-Men Series published by Marvel Comics. A behind-the-scenes glimpse and a Q&A session will be offered by the artists.

As part of Manhwa – Korean Story & Painting 2012 the Colours of Korean Comics (1st-21st Nov), the workshop (NetWorkShop) is held in Foyles gallery near the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in London. Visit the NetWorkShop for an in-depth panel discussion. Five top comic creators from Korea and five from the UK meet and share their projects and experiences in an interactive cultural and creative exchange. A Q&A session will be offered and audiences are welcome to participate. Advance booking is required.

The NetWorkShop will be moderated by Paul Gravett, a Co-Director of Comica Festival in London and organised in association with KOCCA. Paul will help the audience to stay on track during the lively debate. He commented, “Korean comics have so much potential to find a wider global readership. This exhibition and networking session will satisfy comic fans in Britain, by giving them a great Korean Comic experience.”

The Colours of Manhwa is a world tour of 47 original paintings by 19 celebrated Korean comic book artists, and previous exhibition was hosted in Beijing in October. As the ‘Korean Wave’ has raised interests in Korean culture, the exhibition provides a new insight into Korea’s rich history and culture through the 2012 the Colours of Korean Comics exhibition. Prior to London exhibition, KOCCA held seven days of exhibition in Beijing in October. It successfully attracted over 2,000 visitors over the first weekend.

Manhwa graphic


Manhwa and British Comics NetWorkShop

An in-depth panel discussion with five acclaimed Korean Manhwa Creators and five British Comic Artists moderated by Comica’s Paul Gravett; to be followed by the signing event of five Korean artists with 100 free book copies to be handed to the audience.

Postcards of original artworks from prominent Korean illustrators will be sold for charity.

Sunday 4 November, 2pm – 4pm
Free admission, booking via the Comica Festival site ( here
Foyles Gallery, Third Floor, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 02B

Exhibition graphic

Manhwa Artist Live Drawing Performance

Watch celebrated Korean comic creators draw audience members and offer their autograph in a live drawing session.

Monday 5 November, 3pm – 4pm, Free admission
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW

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