Manhwa (Korean pronunciation: [manɦwa]) is the general Korean term for comics and print cartoons (common usage also includes animated cartoons). Outside of Korea, the term usually refers specifically to South Korean comics. The term, along with manga, is a cognate of the Chinese manhua.
The first woodcut manhwa, published in 1908.
Manhwa has been influenced by the dramatic modern history of Korea, resulting in a diversity of forms and genres, including a mainstream style similar to manga. Distinctive manhwa can be found in editorial comic strips, artistically-oriented works, and webcomics serials.
Typical characteristics of manhwa:
* The face and eyes are often exaggerated in a cartoon style while the figure is more realistic in proportion.
* There is (usually) a more frequent use of gradient screentone.
* The left-to-right reading direction of the book.
* The Korean name of the author/artist. It is usually double-barreled and with syllables that do not exist in Japanese (usually the most reliable method of differentiating manhwa; exceptions being when a culturally-neutral pseudonym is used or when the artist is of Korean ethnicity but resides in another country).
* The Korean names of the characters in the manhwa.
* The untranslated sound effects (not always present) are in hangul.
There are now a number of publishers specializing in English translations of Korean comics, and by and large they are unafraid of calling them "manhwa." Though Korea's manhwa system developed later, the manga and manhwa industries can now be considered equal competitors, like "different brands of the same product."
 Manhwa in the United States
Due to the explosion of manga's popularity in the Americas, many of the licensed titles acquired for the American market seek to emulate the popular elements of other successful series. Recently, long-running webcomics serialized via Internet portal sites (e.g., Media Daum) and personal homepages have become both the creative and popular basecamp among the younger generation in Korea.
 Direction of text
Manhwa is read in the same direction as English books, horizontally and from left to right, because hangul is normally written and read horizontally, although it can also be written and read like Chinese and Japanese: vertically from right to left, top to bottom.
 Adaptation of term
The relative obscurity of Korean culture in the Western world has caused the word "manhwa" to remain somewhat unknown in the English-speaking world. Instead, English translations of manhwa have achieved success by targeting the manga and anime community, to the extent that manhwa are often marketed as "manga."
 Animation and live-action adaptations
Unlike Japan, animations based on Korean comics are still relatively rare (though there were several major hits in the late 1980s and early 90s with titles such as Dooly the Little Dinosaur and Fly! Superboard). However, live-action drama series and movie adaptations of manhwa have occurred more frequently in recent years. Full House in 2004 and Goong ("Palace" or "Princess Hours") in 2006, are prominent examples as both have been counted as the best dramas of their respective years.
In 2007, The Great Catsby, an award-winning Korean webcomic, was adapted into a live-action drama, after a run as an on-stage musical in 2006. The title was also planned to be adapted into a feature film in late 2007.
In 2006, SamBakZa produced There she is!! which is about the developing relationship of a rabbit and a cat.
Priest, a manhwa that has been translated to English, will go into production as a movie by U.S. film studio Screen Gems. To be released in 2010, it is produced by Sam Raimi, directed by Andrew Douglas, and will star Paul Bettany as the title character.
War of Money is another dramatized manhwa that has become immensely popular in South Korea, garnering much attention for its soundtrack and actors.
In 2004, Blade of the Phantom Master, a popular manhwa, was adapted into an animated film by a joint Korean-Japanese animation team.
Korean manhwa publishers
* Topaz Agency Inc.
* Daewon C.I.
* Haksan Pubing Co., Ltd.
* Seoul Culture Corporation
* Shinwon Agency Corporation
North American manhwa imprints
* ADV Manga
* CPM Manhwa
* Dark Horse Manhwa
* DrMaster Publications
* Infinity Studios
* Media Blasters
* NBM ComicsLit
* UDON's Korean Manhwa
* Yen Press
* Curtis Comic (defunct)
* ComicsOne (defunct)
Purpose of this thread : The purpose of this thread is to recommend and promote manhwa to our friends on MH. This thread is not meant to discuss about a series in depth. For that we have dedicated threads for series, if there is none, feel free to create one in the appropriate section.
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It is a very amazing historical romance shoujo manwha and one of my favourite manwha of all time. Don't make the 'shoujo' label turn you off from reading it! It has amazing characterization, political conflicts, plot, and drama.
November 29, 2010, 06:59 AM
Re: Manhwa Recommendations thread
About the series
Genre : Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy Romance
Scannalating group : A-Team BNC Scanlations Grumpy Korean Manga Translations
authors :Kenny A.T. KIM Daewoo
Artist : Kenny A.T.
A cliche fantasy story, an unnamed hero (at times mistaken for a heroine) is in an unknown land where he will inevitably decide the fate of the people and defeat some great enemy. With that said, the story begins with our hero finding himself in a dungeon full of jewels. Gathering some jewels, he is chased out by goblin hybrids and is saved by a party consisting of a high elf, wizard, dwarf and warrior. After saving the hero, the main hero joins the party where they begin their quest, first to a holy temple, and then to meet with the Gold Dragon
The characters in this fantasy are pretty cliche with a mystical hero possessing strange but unrivaled powers, a cliche dwarf with a temper shorter than his height, a cocky warrior, a calm high elf, and a wise wizard. With that said, it is during the comedic moments that these characters differ from their character templates, and become something more than just another person.[source Baka update]
Personally i would say Id is one of those fantasy series that will hook one up and wont let go..ie its addictive... the artwork and the humor are top notch. the character though not innovative arent disappointing.. they are much like a one forms within a RPG game ... any fantasy shonen, sword action fan will love it
my personal rating is 8/10 if i am too skeptic..if i am a giving the umber a bit latitude then 8.5
ps : i hope this was helpful .. and try ID guys its awesome
December 09, 2010, 03:50 PM
Re: Manhwa Recommendations thread
My first manhwa, and it is awesome.
It is about a boy who meets a mysterious man, but to don`t spoil, he will start to train martial arts, and read it if you wan`t to know more:P
Fight scenes are awesome, characters are good, development is nice. One of my favorite series that is better than many mangas.
Give it a try.
December 15, 2010, 11:42 AM
Re: Manhwa Recommendations thread
'Island'...dunno much info about it. Found that on Mangafox. Horror/gore/thriller type. Bits of religious things are thrown in the mix...not much of importance were attached to them plot wise. (kinda like how pages from bible were used as weapons in Hellsing). Has a badass hero looking like Ichimaru Gin, but only about 10 times better. Its actually collection of 2/3 stories...the last one being the best imo. Its unfinished, on hiatus prolly. Its a pity...but makes for a nice time passer. Not very highly recommended, but it does have great visual...and good badassery. 6.5/10.
Veritas: my favorite in shonen genre. Its already pretty well known. Check out Jammin's review in the review section.
About the Breaker...i know its really popular, but i personally found it rather mediocre at best. Unless its improved significantly since a certain handicapped battle in a building (that's as far as i read), i wouldn't recommend it as strongly as others seen to do. Just my 2 cents.
I must say though, my opinion is highly biased because I translated the series from Chapter 5 onward. But I still recommend this Manhwa! The a r t is simply beautiful. It has a watercolor touch to them and each panel is filled with effort to the last detail. The s t o r y itself is a nice love story about a maiden, Maehwa of the Black Wind and a man, Mookyul of the Thousand Swords - two of which, are at war with one another.