Annual comics festival kicks off in Bucheon

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's only annual comics festival opened in the western city of Bucheon Wednesday, featuring works by various established and aspiring cartoonists from home and abroad.

This year's edition of the Bucheon International Comics Festival will run until Sunday under the theme "the Secrets of Stories," according to the event's organizers.

Visitors can see how popular Webtoons such as "Misaeng" and "Secretly, Greatly" were made at the special exhibition hall of the Korea Manhwa Museum in Bucheon, just west of Seoul, they said.

Another exhibit, "the Midsummer night's Marchen," will take its audience into the world of fairy tales through illustrations that have been recreated by 71 established local female cartoonists to reinterpret the fairy tales of world-famous writers such as Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.

South Korea's star director Bong Joon-ho of this summer's box-office hit "Snowpiercer" attended the opening ceremony Wednesday and will participate in a conference the next day, along with Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand, authors of the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" on which the film is based.

During the conference, Bong will speak about why and how he made the French comic into a film and how the movie is different from the original story, according to the organizers.

Other programs of the festival include an industry fair, an experts forum, a seminar on the trend of the cartoon industry and a world children's cartoon contest in which about 40 children from all over the world are participating, they said.

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