Hey now! THIS is ironic! An article in a Korean newspaper laments the dearth of manhwa for ADULTS. Damn it! Can you believe it? Comics in Korea are kid stuff! And it all started in the 90s.
After a heydey in the 1990s, mainstream comic books aimed at adult readers have all but disappeared from the nation’s graphic novel scene. Cine 21 Co., the publisher of film weekly Cine 21, seeks to spark a renaissance with its new comic book, “POPTOON.”
The comic will be published twice a month beginning March 1.
The nation’s comic book industry has shown a keen interest in the new title. The Korea Culture & Content Agency (KOCCA) and the Korea Manwha Information Archives late last year selected the scheduled foundation of the comic as one of top 10 news stories in the nation’s comics world in 2006, even before its launch.
In the mid-1990s, titles such as “Mr. Blue,” “Big Jump,” and “27,” defined the domestic comics scene for adult readers. But production in this market rapidly shrank, and such once-popular titles have all but disappeared.
The domestic comics industry anticipates “POPTOON” will be the breakthrough needed to pull itself out of the current slump, and industry experts say a regularly published comic book in the genre could be the means for new talent to be discovered. Park In-ha, a comics critic and professor of Chungkang College of Cultural Industries, welcomed the foundation of “POPTOON,” saying, “The publication of genre cartoons is necessary for the diverse development of the graphic novel culture. Comic books are the only solution for this, and I hope ‘POPTOON’ will provide a breakthrough for the comics industry,” added Park.
While we have a hard time believing this puff piece isn’t some kind of joke, it does show the terrible dangers that face the American comics industry. COMICS CAN GO BACK TO KIDDIES OVERNIGHT! We MUST have our rape comics or the children will win! Fight, fight, fight!