||Min-Woo Hyung - '형민우'
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Min-woo Hyung first broke into the Manga/Manwha scene in 1994 with "Chronicle of a Hot-blooded Judo King" - He would manage to make this debut without the aid of any formal training, and only a beginner's course under his belt! This is certainly a testament to Min-Woo Hyung's natural talent when it comes to artwork and story telling, and truly speaks volumes about the man's ability.
Four years later, in 1998, Hyung would release possibly his most popular and internationally recognised manwha to date - Priest. It's blend of gothic horror and wild west themes, combined with it's intelligent story, religious themes, intriguing characters and incredible style of art would make Priest an utterly unique Manwha (a feat Hyung admits his debut piece failed to achieve. Though, that is not to say Chronicle of a Hot-blooded Judo King is not an entertaining and well done work). Only a few short years later, Hyung is enjoying international press, success and exposure, with Priest being published in locales as far afield as the United States, England, France and Poland, not to mention its native Korea. On top of this hugely international success, Priest has enjoyed attention from gaming and movie organisations alike, with a Hollywood adaptation in the works, and a game already designed (though it's Western release looks highly doubtful, sadly). Min-Woo Hyung joined some fairly exclusive company when Priest began being published by Tokyopop. Hyung's masterpiece would be one of only three Korean titles to find a home on TokyoPop's roster at the time - a staggering achievement in its own right.
While Priest is still an on-going story, with new issues being released globally, Min-Woo Hyung's creaitve and artistic talent is also being put to great use in a number of other projoects. Most notably on Western shores is Min-Woo's eagerly awaited Justice N Mercy artbook, which is set to be published by TokyoPop in the United States hopefully by the fifth quarter of 2005. Min-Woo, is also heavily involved with Studio ICE, a division of the Korean publishing giant "Singsonga". His main role within Studio ICE is noted as that of an artist, and as such, Min-Woo's fantastic arstistic style can be seen on the alternative cover for Studio ICE's 4th issue of "MU", or here.
With Priest's excellent international appeal, critically acclaimed stories and art and an ever expanding fandom we can only assume that Min-Woo Hyung's future in the manga/manwha industry is a bright one, and DP and all the Priest community wish Min-Woo Hyung all the success in the world for his current and future projects.
Date of Birth: April 14th 1974
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