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manhwa 100 launch

Yummy Korean nibbles! The best ones looked and felt like eyeballs but tasted so nice:

And more yumminess:

I must confess, I'm a slow convert to mainstream Manga and the Korean verson, Manhwa, but I really needed to get out and hadn't had a good chat with my friend Rian for awhile, so I decided to combine the two by going to the opening of Manhwa 100 at the Korean Cultural Centre. Most of the artwork wasn't really my thing, but there was some lovely linework posted on the walls, and you couldn't not be impressed by the drawing skills of the featured resident artist, Chul-Ho Park. Here he is in the studio they've set up for him in the centre's front window:

The best thing was finding such a great space just next to Trafalgar Square, with a lovely lounge and lots of available comics reading matter. What a great place to nip into on a rainy day! I'll look forward to seeing what else the Korean Cultural Centre gets up to. If you get the chance, at 2-3:30 this afternoon, Paul Gravett is giving a talk there while Chul-Ho Park does a live drawing performance and workshop. Should be good! The exhibition runs until 24 June.

I didn't manage to ask around who was coming, but there were several people I recognised at the launch, including Paul Gravett, seanazz, Joel Meadows (editor of Tripwire comics magazine), and here are Cartoon Museum artist-in-residence Mark Stafford, Rian Hughes and Ed Hillyer (also known as Ilya). Thanks, jinty, for passing on the invitation!


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May. 21st, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
ooh I'll be going to see that 2 weeks on saturday :)
May. 21st, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'll be curious to hear what you think of it!
May. 21st, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
So what did the eyeballs taste of? Are they like mochi?
May. 21st, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oo, I don't know, what are mochi? The outside tasted kind of like those little dumplings you get in Chinese dim sum, but then when you bit in, the filling was sweet and slightly granular; a sort of caramel coloured paste with lots of little seeds. Mmm.
May. 22nd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hey Sarah,
it was great to meet you at the Manwha launch. I'll come by and say hello at London Expo this weekend

Joel Meadows
May. 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Good to meet you, too! See you tomorrow!
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