The Color of Earth
by Dong Hwa Kim
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Call it the changing of seasons or a trick of time zones, but for English speakers, the slowly cooling summer of Japanese manga may yet be the spring of Korean manhwa. These comics have been on North American bookstore shelves almost as long as their Japanese counterparts have, though they’ve received less attention from the reading public, and few scholars have ventured to explore the distinctions between the two approaches. Often, titles and series seem selected for publication on the basis of how closely they emulate the look and feel of popular Japanese comics, so manhwa shoulders the burden of seeming so much like manga, but inevitably lesser. This unfriendly reputation has perhaps obscured our view of the form’s more distinct works, like peering at shapes through a pouring rain.
It’s easy, however, to
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