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54 Korean novels converted into cartoons

Posted July. 17, 2014 06:04,   


Gimm-Young Publishers Inc. has completed its entire collection of representative Korean literary works converted to cartoons, including Park Wan-seo`s autobiographic novel "Who Ate up All the Shinga," Yi Hyo-seok`s "When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom" and Hyeon Jin-geon`s "A Lucky Day." Four of the country`s most famous cartoonists – Kim Kwang-sung, Kim Dong-hwa, Oh Se-young and Lee Hee-jae – converted 54 modern novels of Korea to a 15-volume cartoon collection. Kim Joon-young, an official at Gimm-Young, said that collection targets teenagers who prefer images to texts.

The cartoons have revived Ik-ho, the protagonist in Kim Dong-in`s "Red Mountain" as a two-faced man who harasses his own people but misses his lost country at the same time during the Japanese colonial era. Kim Kang-sung, who turned Park Wan-seo`s "Was the Mountain Really There," re-created in cartoons the delicate feelings by the narrator watching his older brother dying. The cartoons vividly depict the novel`s backgrounds and the facial expression and gestures by the characters.

The cartoons also include Lee Tae-joon`s "Adam`s Descendants," Ju Yo-seob`s "Sarang`s Guest and Mother" and Kim Yu-jeong`s "Camellia Blossoms." Each volume is priced at 10,000 won (about 9.6 U.S. dollars).