History of Manhwa

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Maybe Japan wasn’t able to erect that National Manga Museum but Korea was. Here’s a great, concise history of manhwa embedded in a Global Post article which masquerades as a business piece on how manhwa is going to obliterate Japanese manga and American comics like a Taepodong missle.

(Sentences like this belie the argument):

In the past two years, at least 10 Korean cartoon magazines have stopped publication due to a lack of subscribers. South Korea only has 12 such magazines now, compared to 300 in Japan. Kim Donghwa, head of the Korean Cartoonists’ Association, remarked that many Koreans view manhwa as something that should be free.

And I’d take all politicization of Korean pop cultural history with a grain of msg but the piece is still worth reading.

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