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Overview of Projects

Enhancement of the Manhwa industry

Project Pbjective

  • To foster manhwa research and production, along with the commercial and human resources markets, by establishing a cluster of content-related companies and related industries, including creators of comics.
  • This cluster brings the advantage of the economics of concentration.

Project Specifics

  • Attracting comic artists and related companies to the Manhwa Business Center and to the Bucheon Manhwa Creative Studio, each under the umbrella of KOMACON, the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency.
  • Supporting the activities of creating comics and related commerce by providing a comfortable and pleasant creative space and various policies intended to support the occupants.
  • Operating regular forums among related industries and developing collaborative projects through the creation of networks.

<Current Status of Infrastructure for Fostering Creators and Companies, by Location>

Section Location Area
Manhwa Business Center Bucheon / Wonmi-gu / Sang 3(sam)-dong 5,449㎡
Bucheon Manhwa Creative Studio Bucheon / Wonmi-gu / Wonmi-1(il)-dong 2,796㎡
Section Creators`Studio Business Offices Meeting Rooms Equipment Rooms PR and Promotion Office
Manhwa Business Center 21 teams 23 companies 4 rooms 1 room 1 room
Bucheon Manhwa Creative Studio 32 teams 5 companies 1 room 1 room -

Scouting and Cultivating Human Resources

Project Pbjective

  • To cultivate and train creators and experts in the field, through systematic and professional education, in order to elevate the practical abilities required of them in the actual field of the comics industry, and to cultivate leaders in all areas of the manhwa content industry.

Project Specifics

  • Creating a specialized academy (tentatively called "Gwanjae Haksa")(scheduled for implementation in 2011)
    • Operation of a residential academy and manhwa training program, focused on selecting young and gifted manhwa talents and providing intensive training to guide them as competent creators into the Korean manhwa industry of the future. (scheduled for implementation after 2010)
  • Operating a manhwa training program (scheduled for implementation after 2010)
    • Cultivating specialized human resources in the areas of planning, editing, and marketing, among others
    • Program design: training course for manhwa content planners, training course for manhwa story writers, among others

Formation and Management of a Specialized Investment Group for Cultural Content

Project Pbjective

  • Promoting investment in quality manhwa projects and in the cultivation of the manhwa content industry (commercial businesses) andpromoting the construction of a manhwa industry cluster in Korea,with KOMACON, the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, as the principal driving force.

Project Specifics

  • Project title: Investment Group for Cultural Contents
  • Organization scale: 10 billion KRW (maximum 20 billion KRW)
  • Investment areas: All types of cultural content- manhwa, animation, games, movies, among others
  • Formation time: scheduled for 2010

Quality Manhwa Creation and Business Projects

Project Pbjective

  • To expand manhwa-related industries, by inspiring creative enthusiasm in creatorsthrough direct support for their creative projects, and by producingquality manhwa content, the core of manhwa industry (OSMU).(OSMU)

Project Specifics

  • Supporting the production of original manhwa series for publication on the Web and of manhwa projects (4 times per year)
    • Open-call contest to produce Web-based manhwa in 12-part and 16-part miniseries formats (pre-production support)
  • Supporting the production of new media manhwa content (scheduled for 2010)
    • Support for quality publication of manhwa in print format and quality Internet-based manhwa (25 products per year / mobile manhwa, e-book manhwa, PMP manhwa, IPTV manhwa, among others)
  • Publishing reproductions of classic manhwa
    • Adaptations of well-known and marketable character-driven manhwa for serialization on Naver, and subsequent multi-volume print publication (4 products per year)
  • Supporting and promoting production of original contentfor OSMU
    • centered on the cultural heritage, legends, and relics of the Gyeonggi Province and surrounding areas, for the purposes of developing and marketing OSMU original content and merchandise based on the cultural heritage of the Gyeonggi/Incheon region. KOMACON View