Ice Kunion Debuts Authentic Manhwa

Jul 15th 2005
ICE KUNION DEBUTS: AUTHENTIC MANWAH DIRECTLY FROM KOREA THIS FALL

July 18, 2005, Seoul, Korea – ICE Kunion will be adding to the coolness of October, by debuting its original Korean Manwah graphic novels in North America this fall. The ICE Kunion imprint is a joint enterprise of a few of the largest Korean publishing empires, Sigongsa, Seoul Cultural, and others, which have dominated the Asian comic book market with their high caliber art and writing. The new imprint is dedicated to bring the best and newest titles that are available directly from Korea to the English speaking fans!

Eddie Yu, the head of ICE Kunion, is very excited that genuine high
quality Manwah is finally arriving in October. "Korean Manhwa has
taken over Japanese Manga to be the hottest books in the market, and
now we are bring you the latest hit titles directly from the source!
The publishers joint together in ICE Kunion has a library of books
that has sold millions of copies in Asia and Europe, and I believe the
English reading fans really deserve a taste of what's really going on
out there!"

ICE Kunion's North American entrance will begin with four of its most
successful titles:

Angel Diary – This #1 selling title in Korea is a wacky fantasy comedy
of a runaway Angel princess and her fiancé – a Demon King in our
world, in our city, in our school. By the same creative team that
brought you the popular Manhwa title "Demon Diary" published by Tokyo
Pop under a license from Sigongsa, which was already a bestseller in
North America based on reports by Bookscan. This highly anticipated
follow up is sure to be a big hit among Manhwa fans here!

Chocolat – First romantic comedy about fan clubs and the idols they
adore. Anyone who ever was crazy about an idol singer will love this
title. This ongoing series is also a #1 selling title currently in
Korea.

The 11th Cat – A young witch in training and her cat solves
supernatural problems. This super cute fantasy adventure is one of
the top 5 recently published titles in Korea.

Bring it On – Everyone remembers his or her first relationship.
Witness how a tomboy, Miha's first relationship unfolds. This current
top 5 title is sure to attract any romantic comedy fan.

Selling a combined total of almost one million copies in Korea alone,
these books are certain to gain the same devoted fan-base among North
American & international readers. Combining award-winning artwork
with engaging storylines, ICE Kunion will reinvigorate the North
American market with the English translations of their extensive
roster of authentic Manwah titles.

Going forward, ICE Kunion plans to release 2 new series titles per
month for the rest of 2005, with many exciting new series coming in
2006.

ICE Kunion is launching a very aggressive and comprehensive marketing
campaign, including distribution of sneak peak samplers at
conventions, starting at San Diego Comic-Con this week. These sneak
peak samplers will also be made available in comic shops and in over
1,200 Borders and Waldenbooks.

ICE will be conducting a major publicity push to both the Manga/Anime
and the mainstream market, with a major presence at the San Diego
Comic Con, North America's premiere pop-culture convention. ICE
Kunion will also have a strong presence at this year's Frankfurt Book
Fair, where South Korea will be the Guest Country of Honor.

Worldwide English language distribution to bookstores, mass market,
libraries and comic shops will be handled by Diamond Comic
Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors.

Please visit www.koreanmanhwa.com for more information, exclusive online previews, creator interviews, and much more!

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