Today’s featured review is Lori Henderson’s recent Comics Village write-up of the latest issue of Yen Plus which features many of Yen Press’ strong manhwa offerings each month and is a great starting point for those who’d like to sample a variety of manhwa, manga, and OEL titles. The manhwa titles in November’s issue include Pig Bride, Time and Again (which begins full volume releases in December), Jack Frost and One Fine Day. “These are all strong titles, making this side of the magazine most enjoyable,” Lori says about the OEL/manhwa side of the magazine. I’m personally a fan of both sides, but I’ll definitely agree that the manhwa in this magazine is strong.
I’ll start the linkage today by looking outside the online comics world where people are talking about manhwa in a couple of contexts. First off, Karl Urban talks about his role in the upcoming film adaptation of Priest (published in English by TOKYOPOP) with Jenna Busch at the Huffington Post. Secondly, I’ll whine about the fact that an article enticingly named Will The Internet Kill The Manhwa Star?–which appears to be about Korean cartoonist Park Jae-dong–is part of the subscription-only content at the Wall Street Journal online. It’s almost (almost, but not quite) enough to inspire a manhwa fan with no interest in international finance to plunk down over a hundred bucks on a subscription to The Wall Street Journal.
More reviews! In today’s Manga Minis column at Manga Recon, Connie C. and I review the fifth volumes of You’re So Cool (Yen Press) and I.N.V.U. (TOKYOPOP) respectively. Check out this quote from Connie’s review: “This is everything I love about Korean girls’ comics (or sunjeong): it’s funny, romantic, stays interesting, and has really strong, oddball characters that play well off each other. I can’t wait for the final volume.” What a fantastic recommendation!
Connie also reviews volume six of Goong (Yen Press) at her own blog, Slightly Biased Manga. At Manga Bookshelf, guest reviewer Megan M. writes about volume ten of Angel Diary and at Confessions of a Closet Otaku, Nightfox checks out the final volume of 100% Perfect Girl (NETCOMICS).
In other news, David Welsh includes a new favorite of mine, Full House (recently rescued by NETCOMICS) as part of letter “F” in the Shojo-Sunjeong Alphabet (check out the comments to find a recommendation for TOKYOPOP’s Fever). Robin Brenner’s enlightening article on circulation statistics for graphic novels at her library includes a few manhwa titles and is a fantastic read besides. Also, at All About Comics, Daniella Orihuela-Gruber muses on the question, Why is Manhwa not as popular as Manga? Though her conclusions are a bit controversial (I admit to personally having some pretty big issues with the suggestion that manga is inherently deeper than manhwa) she certainly provides plenty of food for thought and conversation.
That’s it for this week!
Is there something I’ve missed? Leave your manhwa-related links in comments!