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Manhwa is the general Korean term for comics and the print cartoons (common usage also includes animated cartoons).

Outside of Korea, the term usually refers specifically to South Korean comics.

Manhwa Style

The typical characteristics of manhwa are:

1. The face and eyes are often exaggerated in a cartoon style while the figure is more realistic in proportion.

2. The left to the right direction of the book.

3. The Korean name of the author/ artist usually double barreled and with syllables that do not exist in Japanese.

4. The Korean names of the characters in the manhwa

5. The untranslated sound effects (not always present are) in hangul (writing system organized with the syllabic blocks)

The Korean style is generally more realistic and less cartoon-like than manga. In manhwa, hair is more natural than the exaggerated spiky style of hair exhibited in much manga.

Also, in contrast to the large-eyed non-ethnic characters in much manga, manhwa faces often show stronger evidence of an Asian ethnicity.

Direction of the text

Manhwa is read in the same direction as English books, horizontally from left to right, because hangul (writing system organized with the syllabic blocks) is normally written and read horizontally, although it can be written and read like Chinese and Japanese, that is, vertically from right to left, top to bottom.