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Hur Young-man: My Brilliant Korea

Posted: March 20, 2018

A household name and best-selling legend in South Korea, Hur Young-man deserves global acclaim as a remarkable maestro of multiple genres of manhwa, the South Korean name for comics, derived from the same two Chinese characters that gave us ‘manga’ in Japanese. Manhwa have become among the most diverse and dynamic comics in Asia. What began as a paper phenomenon, serialised in magazines, newspapers or 100-page booklets available from a network of ‘manhwabangs’ or rental libraries, has transformed in the 21st century into an explosion of addictive digital ‘webtoons’, downloaded in their millions every day.

These changes parallel Hur Young-man’s career so far of nearly fifty years, during which he has authored more than 150,000 pages for over one hundred series. Of these hits, spanning science fiction, comedy, boxing, baseball, gambling, political history, teen romance and Korean cuisine, twenty or so have been adapted into television shows, movies and games. Read my interview with him here…

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