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The 21st Century
Text by LEE In-Sik, Art by HONG Seung-Woo, 2005
260p (each volume)
Cartoon, science, educational
right sold: China, Taiwan, Thailand

- Winner of the Best Cartoon for Children Award, Pucheon Cartoon Festival, 2005

“Read what the 120 keywords of contemporary high-tech science mean!”

A cartoon book that talks about scientific theories from stem cells, genetic treatment, virtual reality to bio terrorism. This book shows how high-tech is not only in SF movies and novels but is also incorporated into our daily life, and offers easy and clear explanations of complex scientific knowledge.


About the Author
HONG Seung-woo: Hong has been serializing the renowned comic strip titled Bibimtoon, featuring the everyday life of a typical Korean family, in a newspaper. He is popular for using a warm-hearted approach and friendly drawing style.
 


Lets Go to the World of Future Science (2 volumes)
Text by LEE In-Sik, Art by LEE Chung-Wook ,2006
200p (each volume)
Cartoon, science, educational
rights sold: Thailand

High-tech science issues hidden in children? adventure!

The world is rapidly changing! Nano technology cures cell diseases and robots are smarter than human beings. And a space station might be built on the moon. Join the children who explore the space cities to learn about the human genome map, smart matters and many other scientific phenomena! A page-turner for kids, this book will bring the young readers better understanding of the concepts and principles of high-tech science. Children naturally get to take interest in science through this book, which also stimulates their curiosity and desire for further research on new scientific technologies.


About the Author
LEE In-sik: One of Koreas major science writers. He has been in the specialized science journalism field for the past 20 years, contributing greatly to the countrys related publication sector.
 


The Great Catsby (6 volumes)
Doha, 2006
300p (each volume)
Graphic novel, drama
rights sold: English, German, French, Spanish

- Winner of the Grand Prize (the Prime Minister Prize) at the 2005 Korean Cartoon Awards
- Winner of the Readers‘s Cartoon Award, 2005
- Winner of the Todays Cartoon Award, 2005

“A story of an uncertain youth and love.”

This cartoon series first applauded on the Internet, and it is a story of young people with inescapable desire and scars. The book swept all cartoon-related awards, and was made into a musical comedy. And now a movie, an animation, and a novel are in the process of production.

Readers have said:
“This book is right on the nose! How does the author know exactly how people feel when they break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend?”
“I didnt know how powerful the words can be in a cartoon and while I was reading this book, I felt like I was getting something off of my chest.”
“Great dialogues and perfect pictures!”

About the Author
Featuring experimental and distinctive artistic world, Doha has solidified his position as a member of the first generation of underground comics in Korea. The Great Catsby has garnered wider support from readers on the internet.
 


Romance Killer (2 volumes)
Doha, 2007
430p (each volume)
Graphic novel, drama
rights sold: French

Shocking storyline with a roller coaster thrill and a sorrowful gaze at the desires and scars of people.

R is a killer who falls in love with the target that he was supposed to kill. R is 40 years old. His love for his wife has waned and he just spends his days. The only person who reminds him that he once was a legendary killer, Royal, is his junior killer, Bongman. One day he visits his step daughter’s school where he falls in love at first sight with a precocious girl, Miwu. A high school girl, Miwu, habitually dates older men. One night R chases an ugly, old man away from Miwu at a park and when he tries to talk some sense into her, Miwu says if R dates her three times, she will stop dating older men.
R sees Miwu but tries to keep his distance; however, he falls deeper for Miwu. She tells her story to R who treats her with special affection. R finds out that Miwu’s habitual dating with older men is caused by the pain she suffered in the hands of her father who repeatedly molested her. To saver her from pain, R goes to kill Miwu’s father while she is away from her house. But he finds out that her father had already been killed by someone else. He finds out that he had been killed by his junior, Bongman, who respected him. Bongman, R’s daughter and Miwu conspired together by killing Miwu’s father and leaving behind evidence to frame R. And the person who masterminded the whole thing was none other than R’s wife. To get the truth from his wife and to kill her, R goes back to his sweet home.


About the Author
Featuring experimental and distinctive artistic world, Doha has solidified his position as a member of the first generation of underground comics in Korea. The Great Catsby has garnered wider support from readers on the internet.
 


Churining (Training Suit) (6 volumes)
Text by LEE Sang-Shin, Art by KOOK Jung-Rok, 2004-2007
260p (each volume)
Cartoon, humor

Let your imagination go wild! Young people these days live like this!

Unexpected developments at the end of each episode and hilarious situations have generated a new trend: a game dubbed Churining Nori(Training Suit Game) in which young people imitating the scene in the comics. Nobody can escape from the devastating and relentless transformation in this Churining world. Cartoonists, philosophers, renowned historical personalities and famous actors see their authority collapse in this well-organized plots that make it fairly hard not to laugh at the irresistible ending.

About the Authors
LEE Sang-shin, who was studying comics at a college, and Kook Jung-rok teamed up with each other to dabble in newspaper cartoon series. They just submitted their work for fun, but editors loved their style and content. So they serialized the cartoon, which is now famous in Korea, especially appealing to youth.
 


Trauma (6 volumes)
KWAK Baek-Su, 2004-2006
450p (each volume)
Cartoon, comedy
Rights sold: French, Spanish, Italian

A tornado of colorful laughter that swirls through our boring life!

Nothing is predictable! This book of cartoons reads like a sitcom. If you are like anybody else who lives through the days waiting for the weekend to come and always feels stressed out at work, this book is for you. If you are stressed out because you are unemployed or because you have too much to do at school, this book is for you too!


About the Author
KWAK Baek-su: Born in 1972, Kwak decided to become a cartoonist when he was in the military. He made his debut in 1998, contributing a short piece to the comics magazine Young Jump. In 2003, he began the daily cartoon series Trauma in the Sports Seoul daily newspaper which became an instant hit. In 2004, his cartoons were accepted by the Big Comic Spirit, one of Japan’s five biggest cartoon magazines, marking the first-ever introduction of a Korean slap-stick comedy cartoon into the Japanese market.
 


DDody (2 volumes)
JONG Yeon-Sik, 2005
210p (each volume)
Cartoon, drama
Rights sold: Taiwan

- Winner of the Korea Published Comics Award, 2000
- Winner of the Todays Comics Award, 2000
- Featured artist, Angouleme International Comics Festival, 2003


A story of weird but lovable people of the DDody community!

This is a series of comic book that depicts the daily lives of the DDody, a petdog and his human master family. The author tries to convey the message that true happiness comes from little things in life. These comics will keep a smile on the readers face who will get to know the DDody residents, who are playful, weird and a little bit unpredictable.


About the Author
JONG Yeon-sik: Studied western art and industrial design and worked in the advertisement industry before working as a cartoonist. He was invited to the 2003 Angouleme International Comics Festival for the special exhibition on Korean comics.

 


Story of Me, Twenty-year-old
Text by HAN Sun-Ok, Art by KI Sun, 2006
260p
Graphic novel & text novel mixed, drama
Rights sold: Thailand

Precious memories from the 20s full of pain and happiness!

Story of two girls who are afraid to grow up and are looking forward to becoming adults at the same time. This book is a collection of essays and illustrations with the theme when w was twentys The essays were written by two writers who tell the stories of themselves as they were growing up, ranging from their families to their anxiety over their futures and love affairs. Funny and honest, this book will keep the reader smiling the whole time.


About the Author
HAN Sun-ok started posting stories of her father on the Internet, which created a pool of readers who loved to read the warm and realistic stories. Han Sun-ok is currently working as an active writer.

KI sun made his debut with a short cartoon My baby, dont care which was published in a cartoon magazine Wink in 2001. His current cartoon Game Room Guest and My Mother is being run in the same magazine and is gaining popularity.
 


The Romance of Three Kingdoms (10 volumes)
KO Woo-Young, 2002
200p (each volume)
graphic novel, history

“This is the funniest The Romance of Three Kingdoms that you can ever find! History can be fun to read!”

A famous cartoonist KO Woo-Youngs recreation of the The Romance of Three Kingdom, a classic most widely read and loved in East Asia. The Romance of Three Kingdoms has been constantly re-interpreted and re-published in China, Japan and Korea. An essential classic about the ancient history of China, The Tale of Three Kingdoms is still read by many people in Asia, just as Iliad and Odyssey are in the West.
KO Woo-Young successfully recreated the characters of The Romance of Three Kingdoms into very individualistic and personal ones. He also added his own satire and contemporary humors to the classic, and this series of books has been considered to go beyond the original and to have become a classic of its own.

About the Author
KO Woo-Young (1939-2005) was a cartoonist who helped Koreans break away from the prejudice that cartoons are for kid only. KOs cartoons were a cultural phenomenon, and were filled with satires, humors and twists and satisfied grownups appetite for good and funny cartoons that had not only pictures but also a story.
 


Chronicle of the 18 Chinese Dynasties (10 volumes)
KO Woo-Young, 2004
250p (each volume)
graphic novel, history
right sold: China

This series of graphic novel is based upon Zeng Xianzhis Chronicle of the 18 Chinese Dynasties, a collection of 18 history books, each of which is about the different era of ancient China. Chronicle of the 18 Chinese Dynasties is considered to be a basic history textbook both by scholars and the general public in China.
Ko Woo-young did another great job of transforming the original history of China, which could be boring, into a humorous and easy-to-read cartoon. This series will provide the reader with a great opportunity to learn about the Chinese history, as it comes with the timeline of numerous historical events.

About the Author
KO Woo-Young (1939-2005) was a cartoonist who helped Koreans break away from the prejudice that cartoons are for kid only. KOs cartoons were a cultural phenomenon, and were filled with satires, humors and twists and satisfied grownups appetite for good and funny cartoons that had not only pictures but also a story.
 

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